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Writers' Corner

May 14, 2012

Do you think you might be a writer?

By GERALD WARFIELD | Special to the Index

Do you like to write? Have you always thought that you could write if only you had the time or the money to quit your job? How can you tell if you’ve got what it takes?

When you read about new writers who have just broken into print, there is one thing they always say:  the single quality that you need the most is perseverance. You don’t have to master the pluperfect tense, get a job on a tramp steamer or work in a forensics laboratory. You just have to keep going.

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