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How to get started as a writer

By Edited Dec 1, 2016 0 1

“So, you think you want to be a writer?“ Becoming a writer is easier than you think. In fact, all you have to do is to write. Sounds easy to someone who knows how to write doesn’t it. Most people do know how to write. They just don’t know it.

First of all, remember you can write anything you want to without anyone else ever seeing. You can write and never read what you write; just write. Doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? The answer is that it does make a lot of sense to write and write some more. Because the more you write, the more you will learn about writing.

If you write long enough, you will eventually become confident that you can write. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to show what you have written to someone else. If you have written about what you know and how you feel, they will most likely enjoy what you have written.

This kind of writing is what it takes to connect with your creative self. You may think you don’t have a creative self but you do, everyone does. It’s that part of your childhood that’s still there. It may be buried so deeply inside of you that you don’t know it exists. If you just give it a chance, it will surprise you.

Make sure you have a notebook to jot down the subjects you think you might be interested in writing about. Don’t limit yourself. Write down as many things as you can think of; you can refine your list later. Read the list two or three times a day and begin to think about things you know about the subjects. Imagine how you feel about matters that pertain to these subjects. Ask yourself what you don’t know about them and what you might like to find out about them. Being a good writer means you also have to be a good researcher.

Last but not least, the most important thing you will ever ask about the subject you are going to write about is who, what, where, when, and how. Start your story by answering these questions, and you’ll be surprised how easily writing comes to you. Write from your heart and if your work is good enough, you won’t have any problem finding an editor to do the dirty work of cleaning up what you have written; a good editor it will make sure the work remains yours.

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Jul 15, 2011 1:36am
eileen
Writing something everyday sure helps and keeping a journal to write down things you think of when not in front of your computer will help to jog your memory for new ideas. Good article for the new writer.
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