These words popped out of my reading and I thought this is the term that describes me. I am no longer a dreamer, I am a writer. I am no longer a beginner, I am a trained writer. I have been trained by my efforts and I do know certain things. I won’t claim to be a polished, seasoned and acclaimed writer, but I have earned the term diligent. I have been introduced as a diligent blogger. I am not lazy with my short story writing either. I work hard at this writing business and as I train myself, I find that I work smarter as well.
I don’t need someone else to tell me that ‘something has to happen’; I am trained to write fiction that way. I can recognize certain flaws and I can correct them. I know when I slip out of tenses, or when I use passive phraseology. I have trained myself to build stories that have plot, characterizations and settings. I am trained to edit and to revise and to submit diligently.One of the more recent developments in my training has been a relaxed approach to the stages of story development. There is a process that I go through and I can expect something similar for each story.
I know that I will fill a few pages before the ‘spark’ of the story arrives. I know that story decisions will be fluid at the beginning, until I decide who the story belongs to and how they want to tell it. I know how to gather enough material so the story has weight and warmth. And because I know these things are part of writing the story, I accept the work involved. And I don’t get tense about it.
The biggest reason that I know I am a trained writer is that I no longer despair about all there is to learn about writing. Instead I find delight.