Tip: Figure out what you want to write and learn the craft. This doesn’t mean read one book on writing. You need to read dozens – and understand them. Go to websites and study them. Writing is a craft that can be learned so put the time in and learn it.

Thought: “The world needs writers. We will always be necessary. There are few professions that can claim that distinction.” – Rod McKuen

Teaser: You’ve lived in the north all your life. You know January means snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Describe this month somewhere else – a tropical island or the deep south (if you’re from the south or west, describe a northern winter).