8. Writing is powerful. When people read books, their minds are often changed, if only by being expanded. Readers’ outlook, attitude, and perspective are affected by what they read. A successful book can reach thousands of people. A magazine article, however, may be read by millions. If aspiring writers desire to have the greatest impact with a particular message, they can do so more efficiently with articles than books.
9. Writing is long lasting. Although millions of people will read magazine articles, few of them keep the article for any length of time. Books, however, last virtually forever. Few people throw books in the trash. Most put them on shelves or give them away. Therefore, aspiring writers need to learn the craft on smaller pieces that will be thrown away by everyone except the writers and their immediate families.
Writing will improve over time—if they put in the effort—and they’ll likely be embarrassed by earlier attempts.
10. Writing isn’t for everyone. Yes, it is a skill that can be learned, but it’s also a talent to be nurtured. All individuals have their unique talents. Not everyone has an innate talent for writing. If they don’t, the best way to find that out is by producing something short. That’s when many want-to-be authors discover they can more easily move on to something for which they have an aptitude.
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—Kathy Ide, author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, is a full-time freelance editor/writing mentor and teacher. She is the founder and director of the Christian Editor Connection and The Christian PEN.