I've been writing online for a number of years now and the more I read, the more I start to understand that "If you want to become a writer, just write".
It seems so simple and yet not the most helpful piece of advice you can give to someone who obviously writes. It's not a great piece of advice if you're looking for information about better writing.
Yet the more I say it to myself, the more it makes sense. "Just write", made me write more, in doing so I discovered:
Rules of Writing can be Broken
The "rules" of writing are simple guidelines to follow and not principles to stick to. Many writers may see that using long sentences, adverbs and the passive voice as a weakness, others prefer to incorporate into their compositions, which turn out great anyway.
A good example: J.K. Rowling was scolded by Stephen King for her frequent use of adverbs, look at how that turned out.
The Theory of Writing is Nothing Without Practice
Don't take this the wrong way, don't stop reading "How to write" books and articles. Instead get to grips with the basics instead.
It's pointless reading about writing when you're not practising it.
Don't Worry if Your Creative Process is Weird
I do my writing at night, after I've eaten my dinner and watched the news. These habits are all part of my creative process. I prepare the ideas in my mind during the day before I sit down and start writing rationally later on in the day.
Who is interested in knowing about my writing foibles?
Your creative process is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. What really matters is that you're able to write and do it really well
Good Writing is Based on Inner Experience Rather Than Fact
If you look on Amazon books or Goodreads you'll discover the same book with different rating. From 1-star up to 5-stars.
How is it possible for that same book to be both low and highly rated?
Writing can be really subjective, this is due to the individual readers preference and how they see your work. To put it simply, you can't please everyone all of the time.
Try looking at it from a slightly different perspective, write for the people who'll benefit most.
All Great Writers Were Lousy Once
Okay so you're thinking "What if I write something and it's terrible?" Well I would answer you with "You can improve on something terrible".
The point is you need to start somewhere, and a draft is just the beginning, you can go on to polish it later.
If you want to write well you need lots of practise.
Putting Pen to Paper is the Hardest Part of Writing
It's like any project you do. Starting is always the hardest part.
The human brain does strange things when something mammoth sized comes along. It starts by visualising all of the things that can go wrong, then begins to pretend to be productive by wasting time with useless tasks like answering emails or text messages.
To get of over that hurdle you need to go for it! Once you get started you won't want to stop.
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