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How to write fiction?
I was just wondering what does the writer's job entail? Is it something that she can do on the side of another active professional/family life or is it a full time job, and how do you go on learning it?
Does the writer need to practice everyday, make exercises in style and/or rhymes, study her grammar thoroughly, go on experiencing different jobs, make research on the subjects she writes?
Does it make sense at all to have dreams of being a writer without having the time to invest in the apprenticeship of this profession?

It is a question I've often asked myself. One of my favorite recurrent dreams is when I dream that I wrote a story of fiction that has nothing to do with me and that was simply good. But then I wake up and remember very little of the story I wrote, and life takes over with so many other things that need my attention that I never get to the point of even writing down those dreams (that are rare too). Not to mention that if writing would need the same time investment as my current job, I simply need to wait to be in pension before starting to learn it!
In the meanwhile I keep on writing here, I think it's good practice if I want to make my dream come true one day.
Keep a notebook and jot down daily everything that seems interesting.

In response to Michael Gerson
Michael -- your notebook technique not only improves the quality of one's writing, it can improve the quality of one's life. I tried keeping a notebook in order to spur my own creativity. I failed. The bright side, however, was that keeping the notebook trained me to be more observant and thoughtful about all the exciting events of an otherwise mundane life. The notebook never became material for a story, but it did become food for thought. I suppose that for all of you natural writers out there, such a log book can become both.
Keep posting and we'll give you all the honest feedback you deserve. If there is silence, it means we didn't like it. If we write back and say we liked it, it means it's average and we're just being kind. If, however, we say we didn't like it, it means it was brilliant and we're just jealous.

On the other hand, silence can also mean all of the above. And if we say we liked it or didn't, it could be true. OK ?  Good luck, Dana!
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