~Noah LukemanThe First Five Pages
If you decide to write, decide with conviction. Practice and study it until it's right. Why the practice and training matters:
- You don't want to buy a house built by a contractor who hasn't been an intern under someone else's watchful eye.
- You don't want surgery from a person with just a bachelor's degree in pre-med.
- You don't want a shade-tree mechanic rebuilding your car engine.
- You don't want someone with twenty hours flying time piloting your 747 to your destination.
- You don't want a wedding dress prepared by home-economics students.
Value comes with invested time and practice. Both convert into credibility.
- You don't pay $650 for a watercolor when the person just graduated high school and took two art classes for extra credit.
- You don't pay $1,000 for a handcrafted bracelet . . . made by someone who just bought his tools two weeks ago and decided to get creative.
- You don't fill an auditorium when you've just started your band.
- You don't find the funding for your movie idea when you've never made a movie before.
Make yourself credible. Make yourself marketable. Make yourself respectable before you throw your name out there and prove that you are not. Make yourself a wonderful writer.