How often does a writer need to write to be considered a ‘serious writer’?

Hello Tomodachi’s,

It seems, every time I post on my blog I do it so sporadically. I am not doing it on purpose, I swear! It is just sometimes I have trouble coming up with a good topic to write about. So in order not to bore my readers, I end up not writing at all. I would rather write about something a little interesting or share something that I actually enjoy with my audience instead of writing something for the sake of writing. In my opinion, it is far worse than not writing anything at all, when there is no topic to speak of. Do you not agree?

Anyway, I have been keeping myself locked away in my mind for quite some time now, and have been thinking a little about my writing hobby and writing career. Basically my writing future. I have been wondering how many times a writer must write to be considered a dedicated, serious and good writer? I have heard of writers who write almost every second of every day. I have heard of writers who write a page or two per day to keep up their craft. I have heard of some who write every other day. And I have even heard of those who write as sporadically as I do. However, the million dollar question is: when is it considered overdoing it and when is it considered being too lax when writing is concerned?

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I am aware that everyone is different and everyone does things differently, but what is considered a good balance for writing? I always wondered about these kinds of questions? Am I not a good and serious writer if I do not put pen to paper at least once every day or every other day? Granted, I am mostly writing as a hobby, but it does not make me any less serious than a writer who writes every day of his or her life, does it? I would really like to hear your opinions on this.

What makes someone a good writer?

Hello everyone… I know, I know, I know! I went AWOL again. I am very sorry! Let me explain before you all attack me. On Sunday my intention was to make a blog post video summarizing my summer vacation in one minute. I underestimated the amount of time it would take me to complete it to be honest but this time it took me a lot longer to edit this video compared to any of my other videos and my other videos are much longer than this one. I’m not really sure why. I feel like I have forgotten some of my video editing skills somehow, lol. And also due to some technical difficulties I was not able to post on time on Sunday.

Then around late Monday afternoon my throat started to feel a little sore and by Tuesday I had a full blown throat inflammation. So for the past few days I felt like I was just about ready to kick the bucket. This was because I could barely swallow much less eat anything. I still tried though but it was too painful. I had a pretty high fever, my body was aching all over and for some time my head felt like a bobble-head because my neck also hurt and felt like it couldn’t support my big head anymore, lol. So for the past few days I have been mostly reserved to my bed, although I still went to school despite my condition because it was my first week of school after all! I didn’t want to miss any important information since this is also my last year of college as well. So I must be extra attentive now. So as you can imagine it was not a great week for me considering the way I was feeling. Actually, today is the first day since I became sick that I am not in pain and the swelling in my throat has gone down quite considerably. First week back in the Netherlands and I get sick. Arghh!

Anyway… Since today is my Writing Related Fridays I wanted to talk about what exactly makes a good writer? A lot of people believe that you have to be born a writer to be able to write which I do not 100% agree with. Sure, there are very talented writers that were born to be writers and there are writers who were not born to be writers but have amazing ideas and so they practiced and worked hard at it that they later did succeed to become writers. You could say I am one of the latter. I was definitely not born as a writer. I did not really have the innate talent and skill to write. Continue reading