Last year while I was living in Granada, Romancing the Planet had a few questions for me about traveling and being a travel writer. Here’s a quick excerpt, and you can read the entire thing at their website.
“The most important qualities that a writer of any kind needs are ambition and a willingness to take risks. It is easy to write, but it is very difficult to actually make a living as a writer. I read once that less than one percent of people who consider themselves writers actually end up supporting themselves by it. So to enter a career that is so narrowed to the chosen few, you have to literally be willing to die for it. You don’t become a writer by working a day job; you become a writer by writing. Be ready and willing to starve, or to get evicted or have the electricity cut off due to lack of payment, or to struggle with language barriers, or to go to the places where no one else has or will. Basically, you have to be fearless. And it doesn’t hurt to have an incredible ability to hold one’s liquor.”
Are you a writer or aspiring writer? What do you think it takes to succeed at it? Comment below and let’s get the discussion going. This is one of my favorite topics, and while the excerpt above seems to stamp out my opinion on the whole thing pretty clearly, in actuality I believe that there are an endless number of paths to becoming a writer. Mine just happened to work for me.