A very good link. The one I'm probably guilty of not meeting at the moment is reading more.
Somehow I just fell out of touch with keeping my nose in a book as often as I keep a pen in my hand (or my fingers on the keys...). Thankfully I've got piles of things waiting for me now, and this article has given new motivation to start turning pages.
Awesome that you're taking your work so seriously, but I'm not sure what carrying library books around has to do with writing on a regular basis... Is there any particular reason you don't finish or edit your stories? I'd imagine finishing and polishing would feel pretty nice from time to time.
here's what I think is happening: people are a little too free about calling themselves 'writers'.
People doodle in the middle of class or meetings, doesn't make 'em 'artists'. You spend all your free time reading science books, it doesn't make you a 'scientist' and humming music doesn't make you a 'singer.'
So why does emotional free writing (or w/e) suddenly make someone a 'writer'? You don't care about refining it as a craft, you only care about it as a stress release. Accept that and don't try to be anything else.
I have carefully read your link concerning what makes a good writer and have to agree in all points except of one. "A writer needs to have a thick skin" - Well, I have to admit that I have not at all, but I am a survivor and that is why I never give up. When I fall I will quickly stand up like a bouncing ball But I agree with being a good reader is the basics to writing. I started reading at 5/6 around, children books. Most of them I learned by heart and later made people belief I could read by recitating the words out of my heart. A started writing short stories with 10 around, just children fantasy short stories like "The Blue Cat from Mars"... things like that. I adored history and languages at school and liked to write compositions and essais just I had such a fun with. Teachers were impressed so I had to read them in front of class. Thus was the first opportunity I got to get used to talking in front of a greater audience. Today it is somewhat easy to recitate my poems in front of a great hall without fear. Exercise will form the master and as life is continual learning you will never learn out. That does not only apply to writing but to everything you are doing in your life. You must know how to distinguish knowledge and wisdom as there is a great difference between the two. Knowledge is theory and wisdom is transformation of your knowledge into practice. You can know everything in the whole world without being wise That also applies to writing. What you read to have to try to write for yourself. And what you write, you will have to try to publish it. But I would say those are not only regulations for writers - rather rules for life as well.
All great points! The only one I don't totally agree with is the "successful fiction writers write anywhere" one. I frequently get ideas while in bed or sitting on the bus, and I feel like grabbing a pen and notepad to write them down would rob me of a chance to think through them more carefully. I sometimes do just forget them, but I rarely feel devastated about it. There will be other ideas, and I'm not all that eager to write the forgettable ones. Hopefully this counts as discussion.