How to be an Uber Writer

After spending the last two years trying to be a “real writer” I have finally come to grips that I will never be “that writer”.

What writer?

The writer we all hear about.  In fact this writer may not exist. It may be an urban legend, a writer that some writer created and now has become legend.

Let’s examine this legend.  I will call him Uber Writer. Or UW for short.

Remember. I have given up my dream of becoming an UW.

1. UW writes everyday at the same time in the same place. No matter what.

Really? Who has time for this? I own a small business, have two other part time jobs AND a 3 yr old. Who has time to sit down every day at the same time in the same place to write??? Not me.

2. UW can write 10,000 or more words each day.

Not me. I don’t have the attention span. I have been on this blog for 10 minutes and have already thought of 478 other things I need to do. 10K words in a day?? Wow. This person is really an Uber Writer.

3. UW never misses a planned day of writing.

I can’t fathom this one. It makes no sense to me. Never? NEVER? UW never misses a day of writing.  I missed yesterday. LOL.  My mom was in surgery, my daughter had a field trip, I was directing a play last night. There was just no time.  I felt bad sure, but it is just life.

I guess I am writing this because I feel guilty when I am not as good as other writers I see. I feel like I am doing awesome if I can get a blog post up once a week. If I can check twitter every other day.  I struggle with this. The struggle of “I could be doing more.” Or “Other writers are out there killing it everyday and they are going to beat you to publication.”

The struggle is real.

I may never be an UW but I am trying to be the best I can be. Isn’t that all we can do?

360 words. Im awesome. Only like 9600 more.....

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James Arthur

A children's picture book writer who lives in Texas with his wife and daughter. James lived in Taiwan for two years where he taught English and wrote stories for an international children's magazine.


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