I recently wrote an assignment on entrepreneurs, and included in the report was some characteristics of entrepreneurs. Thinking about it, I realised that these characteristics could fit writers as well.
Innovation: Innovation is coming up with a new idea to a problem – something that’s never been thought of before. In writing, there are only a certain number of ideas, and everyone keeps rewriting them. But notice how there isn’t Star Wars, Space Wars, and Star Battles? Writers are innovative, and that means we can come up with new perspectives to the same ideas. I mean, Eragon is virtually Star Wars with dragons. Genius.
Creativity: Last week I blogged about how I felt uncreative. But after reading everyone’s comments, I’ve realised that you can be analytical and creative. With the comments in mind, I’ve also realised that, despite what the tests say, I must even a little be creative. How else do I explain all the stuff I make up in my head?
Risking Taking: There’s a lot of risk taking for entrepreneurs with starting up a new business or idea. It’s the same with writers. Some people are fast writers, but it takes me a few years to get a rough draft down, and I’m guessing a lot of writers are in the same boat as me. It takes a lot of time to write a novel, and it’s a big risk. What if you change your mind halfway through? What if no one else likes it? What if you get 742 rejections from agents? That’s a lot of time to throw away. If writers aren’t risk takers, how would they take the risk of writing a novel that won’t get anywhere?
Will to Act: As I said in the point above, it takes a lot of time to write a novel. Who has a few years to dedicate to a book? (If you’re reading this, and you’ve made it this far down, then you’re probably a writer… so ‘you’ would be the answer to the question.) A lot of people want to write a novel, and they say that there’s a novel inside everyone, but not many people actually write it. It takes a will to act to sit down and write, not just think.
Do you agree? Why or why not? What else do you think should have been added to the list? Let me know in the comments section!