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10 Reasons Why Anyone Can Be a Writer--Even You!

02/06/2015 12:43 pm ET | Updated Nov 02, 2015

1--Because writing is just a craft like carpentry and if you can build a bookcase, you can write Infinite Jest, or at least Emma.

2--Because even your mother did NaNoWriMo. Twice.

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3--Because there are apps for everything.

4--Because spell check does half the work and best sellers can't be all that hard anyway.

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5--Because all you need is passion, patience, and a fondness for rejection--just like stalkers.

6--Because agents are a dying breed, traditional publishers are thieves, and Amazon is wide open.

7--Because there are more people willing to take your money in creative writing programs than there are people phishing for your social security number.

8--Because anyone can be a dancer, a musician, a painter, an actor, or a neurosurgeon--you just have to want it badly enough. Talent doesn't matter.

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9--Because every other writing blog filled with writing tips tells you so. Duh.

10--Because there are a million inspiring Mark Twain quotes on the Internet he wrote after he was dead that will give you the courage to just do it.

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Lev Raphael is the author of 25 books, most recently Assault With a Deadly Lie, a novel of suspense about militarized police.