I get asked often, “Sam, What’s the first step of becoming a writer?” Some so called gurus would say ‘write’. I beg to disagree, it’s not. From the little knowledge I have garnered over the years about writing and from what I have learned from other great writers such as William Shakespeare, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemmingway and so on, I have come to realize that the biggest obstacles for new writers is that they don’t think themselves to be a writer. You’ve got to develop a belief and an enormous conviction in the inside of you, one that will constantly remind you that you are a writer.
If you by chance fall into the same categories as those asking this question, you need not worry again as I would in this article teach you some tips of becoming a writer.
What Happens When You Write?
I’m guessing you have something to say that’s why you want to become a writer, isn’t it? The problem is always how to say it. I still remember when I was starting up as a writer some 3years ago; I had a turf time choosing my form of writing, this makes it really hard to pen anything down.
My advice to would-be writers is always, “Whatsoever you write, just make sure your heart is in it.” It doesn’t have to be neat or perfect but it should be expressive. That’s it. Your writing has to elicit expression. What would people say or perhaps how would they react when they read your work? Would the cry or laugh? Would they get angry? If you have been able to achieve this then it means your writing is worth something. Keep it up!
You may be having some tough time thinking about what it is you want
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It’s not a bad thing that you don’t know what you want to write about. But when you devote time to experimenting, you would soon find out that writing would become very easy. To help my experimentation; I have decided on keeping a journal to jot down some of the ideas I get along the way and it has indeed proven to be a goldmine in my aspirations of becoming a better writer.
Remind yourself constantly that you are a writer
Kudos! You’ve grown to have strong belief in the writer in you. That’s fine. But you must also learn to set up reminders that will shove you back to that sense of writability. You would agree with me that it’s always very easy to be distracted doing or thinking about other things when you ought to be in your writing groove. Your reminder could be anything so far it gets you back into the act of scribbling/typing your ideas out. My phone does that perfectly well for me.
These indeed are inventive ways to getting started as a writer and I’m sure if you harnessed it well it would yield you endless success. Remember this truth, what you write and where you go from here is entirely up to you.
Over to you
Are you just starting as a writer or perhaps you already an expert? What is your take about this subject? If you’re new to writing, I hope the ideas highlighted will help you take those first steps, and if you are an expert. Would you please share your opinions on how best to getting started as a writer? Thanks!