on Anne R. Allen:
I’m not talking about a room of your own, with all due respect to Virginia Wolf. (Although that is certainly handy. Writing your early stories on the floor of the bathroom with your kids outside shaking the locked door gets tiresome pretty fast.)
But today I’m talking about what I tell the grown-up students in my “Crafting a Novel” college class. I’ve been teaching people how to write fiction for over twenty years. Some of my students have gone on to glory, and others have not.
Do you have what it takes to become an author?
Believe it or not, I can tell from the first few classes if you will. This is because it’s not enough to have talent. It’s not enough to learn the craft. From my experience, a student who is able to become an author has all the traits below. Not two out of three. You need all three. Here goes: