"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question. Searched the internet for insights and tips I hadn't thought of yet. Generally the advice I found was riddled with the sort of enthusiasm usually reserved for inspirational posters. A saccharine display of passion and determination which would inspire me for maybe an hour. Then my world-weary self would reemerge and I would think this shit is for the birds before shutting down my computer.
So how do you do it? The truth is I'm still looking for an easy answer. However, I've had a few major successes and I can now pinpoint how I got them. So here are my tips, void of the usual "live your dreams" inspirational pep talk.