There are three things every writer should have:
1. Confidence – Every writer needs confidence. We need to know that our words are worthy and that if we practice writing enough, good things will come of it. A writer’s life is not easy, so it is imperative that a writer has an inner knowledge that hours spent alone, word-crafting, will be hours well-spent. Be assured that your writing is worthwhile so that if you meet nay-sayers along the way, their negativity won’t assail you in the least.
2. Perseverance – Be ready to write, keep writing, and never stop writing. No matter what else life is throwing at you, there’s always time to put your words on paper, or into bits and bytes if that is your choice. Most important, don’t even consider quitting. Each writing project, no matter how disastrous it may seem, is a building-block for your career. Each thing you write is a learning experience. Cherish all your projects, and keep on writing. Quitting is not an option for successful writers. Writing is a way of life, not something you dabble at.
3. A writer’s notebook – Every writer should have a notebook. It doesn’t matter how fancy it is; it just has to be something that works for you. Legal pads are nice. I use a simple notebook I picked up at a variety store. Others will get a bound book or a sketch book. Whatever it is, if it works for you, it is the perfect thing. I tried several types of journals before I figured out what I needed. The notebook is for writing down your writing inspirations. Thoughts are fleeting. Don’t expect to remember everything – it doesn’t work like that. When you get an idea, put it in writing, in a place where you’ll be able to find it again. A writing notebook is perfect for keeping all your writing thoughts in one place, easily accessible. It’s also great for scribbling down bits of description or observations of the world and people around you.