Do you have a passion for writing? Do you dream of being a writer? Perhaps you already have written some pieces; an article; a blog post; or even a book.
I believe our gifts are given for a reason. What comes easy for you?
When you have something you are passionate about and the talent is there, then you have something. There is a reason you were born to write.
If you are a beginner, learn everything you can. Read, and then, read some more. Practice your gift. Try some of these writing exercises to stretch yourself.
- Write every day but don’t stop there.
- Challenge yourself to write about various subjects.
- Do research and write about it.
- Practice poetry.
- Use your imagination and write free-form.
There are lots of books these days that offer to get rich quick. Some of these books may also promise that you can write a book in three easy steps. Or promise that you can write a novel in 30 days or less. While some of this might sound enticing, the truth is anything that is worth it, doesn’t come that easy.
There is an intuit knowledge every writer carries. They have a story and they have a desire to share it.
In this life, there are no guarantees for success but if you dream it, you can do it. Look at the successful authors. Study their work. What did they do differently than others? Being a writer takes courage; it takes diligence.
In closing, I’d like to recommend a couple of books that I found helpful in taking the next steps.
- Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
- On Writing Well by William Zinnser
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
- You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
- Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark
In Jeff Goins’ book he says, “Every writer experiences this. At some point in your journey, you find yourself writing for the approval of others, not for pure love of the craft.” He goes on to say, “Stop writing for accolades, and start writing for passion.”
It’s that simple and often times writers find it difficult. We have to step outside of ourselves for a moment and look at why we write. We discover ourselves in the process.
We write because we love to write. Don’t give up those dreams of being a writer.