I first met JQ in the Insecure Writers Support Group created by Alex J Cavanaugh. What struck me was her ability to make her characters come off the page and talk with you. She writes Fiction and Non-Fiction.
JQ is a wordsmith, and I am delighted to have her on my author blog. We, writers, know how lonely a writer’s job can be. So, I have asked JQ to talk about the characteristics or traits of writers who succeed.
Thank you so much for hosting me today, Pat. I love your suggestion of sharing what I believe are the characteristics needed to be a writer. I am not saying I have every one of these qualities because I am a work-in-progress myself. But exploring and naming the features certainly made me think.
Readers, you are invited to add to the list of characteristics.
Two lucky commenters will be drawn to win a PDF copy of Arranging a Dream for one and the other will win an e-copy of Romance and Mystery Authors on Writing loaded with helpful tips on writing, publishing and marketing.
The Characteristics of a Writer
I listed the characteristics in no order of importance.
Devotion A writer must love what she is doing. If not, the book or essay will never get written because we all know the first draft is junk. If a writer is not devoted, she will tear up the pages and give up. Rejections will knock her off her feet, and she will never try again. But when devoted to creating her piece, her belief and determination will be challenged, but she will keep writing.
Organization As a writer, we wear many hats. Indie authors must keep track of writing, editing, formatting, publishing, marketing, and business decisions. Traditional or indie authors must organize their research for a story, save the manuscript files to choose the correct one for editing, keep track of promotions, posts for a blog, email and social media.
Imagination Remember when you were a kid, and you would act out stories with your friends or make up poems for your mom? Fiction writers never lose that creativity. Non-fiction writers need imagination too to send the clear message of the book or essay to readers in an interesting and new way.
Intelligence Although no one wants to admit it, I am telling you only smart people can write! I know it sounds like bragging, but it is the truth.
Discipline If a writer cannot set aside a time when penning a project and keep that appointment, the writing will never be finished. Making time in your schedule for creating a project and sitting down to do it will develop the habit of writing.
Wordsmith Writers need to know a variety of words to clearly describe places, characters, and emotions. Reading enlarges your vocabulary. Become a wordsmith using Thesaurus.com. The Emotion Thesaurus series by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman are valuable aids for writers. Sense of Humor Mark Twain and Janet Evanovich are masters when it comes to including humor in their stories. Even a horror story or murder mystery can use a light touch within the pages.
Thank you, JQ for taking the time to share your thoughts on the characteristics of good writers. JQ Rose’s Memoir is out.
In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream. Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one.
Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced young couple to wither and die in their new environment?
Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?
Follow this couple’s inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.
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I have purchased my copy already and look forward to reading it. If you would like to know more about JQ or contact her, here is a short bio and her contact links.
Bio: Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.” She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her romantic suspense novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines.
Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games and travel are the things that keep JQ out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.
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