Countless articles purport to teach writers how to write, and I've contributed my share.
Some, like those matchbook covers that are trolling for artists ask: Do you have what it takes to be a writer?
In other words, do you have the ?write? stuff?
It wasn't until the other night, when I was watching one of those quirky TV channels with a lot of drug advertising that I stumbled upon something quite pertinent to answering this question, but often overlooked.
It might unlock the secret about who can crank out a ton of work and who will have to settle for coming up with dribs and drabs.
The commercial zooms in on people's legs and it more or less asks: DO YOU HAVE NERVOUS LEG SYNDROME?
That's not the malady's real name, but close enough. Apparently, there are people who actually have, what moms and dads have, for eons, derisively called, ?Ants in the pants.?
Literally, they can't sit still..
Their legs seem to have minds of their own and they shake, rattle, and maybe even roll.
If you have this problem, please forgive me.
A while ago, I read a self-congratulatory, ?How I Did It!? article penned by an Ezine writer that has thousands of titles to his credit.
He said he just bangs out umpteen items every day and they add up.
No, that's the second thing he does,
The first thing is accepting that he?ll be indoors, stuck in front of a word processor for great lengths of time.
And he?ll either have calm limbs, or he?ll be taking lots of pills!
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