The Know-How of an Expert.
Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about? Perhaps it’s coin-collecting, or rowing, or gardening, or sports cars, or high-school football. Whatever it may be, you’ve doubtless gained considerable expertise over the years. And it’s a joy to encounter someone else with the same passion, isn’t it? You take your conversations to a whole new level.
Why not approach writing with a similar degree of passionate interest? With writing, you’re not a hobbyist, but a professional. It’s what lawyers do for a living. You should approach writing with at least as much passion as you do a serious hobby.
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