Advice to New Writers from a Professional Writer with 30-year Experience
Here are some fact about writing life that I learned the hard way & can shorten your path to success
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1) Write what you love, not what you THINK you should love.
Listen to your guts.
You need to write a lot, write freely, and write with a voice that comes through as authoritative.
If you are not connected emotionally to what you are writing, you can write a piece here and there but you cannot have writing as a long term CAREER.
To have a career you have to enjoy the topic you are writing about as well as the process of writing (butt on the chair, looking at the empty screen for a long time, and then weaving the magic slowly).
2) Get ready — some people will dislike and even hate what you are writing.
Accept from the very beginning that you are writing for only those who like you and your writing.
You will not please the whole world.
Some people will hate what you write. Don't change to please those who can never be pleased.
Your job is not to please who are not ready or willing to be pleased but those who are.
But rest assured, you will have your own fans, your own corner of the world where you can enjoy the pleasure of conversing with your appreciative readers and even make enough money to take care of yourself during the process as well.
3) There is no “appropriate time” or “appropriate place” to write something, anything.
Write every time when you feel the urge, regardless of the circumstances.
Write on ships.
Write at the supermarket.
Write in the bathroom.
Write at the beach.
Write up in the air.
Write when you wake up (as I’m doing right now) or when you’re going to sleep.
Write when you watch TV.
That’s how the writing muscle will develop and be your best friend, and create the wonders that help others live a life of ease and beauty.
4) Carry a pen and small pocketbook with you 24–7
You’ll never know when the muse will visit you.
Every time you have an idea, a word, a sentence, two sentences, five lines, write it down immediately.
Take out that small spiral notebook from your purse or back pocket and jot that sucker down.
If you wait, it’ll be gone forever. Trust me. That's what happens.
So carry your battle gear with you dear writer wherever you go and you will never regret it.
You can always chuck away a bad idea or a bad sentence whenever you want to.
But an unwritten idea or word will be gone forever and you’ll regret that.
Don’t be a woulda-shoulda writer full of regrets. Write it down.
5) Share what you write
Don’t be afraid of people stealing away your stuff. That’s the road to paranoia and anonymity.
If you want millions to read your stuff, share it on every possible occasion.
And yes, some idiots WILL steal your stuff. They will do that.
But you cannot let that fact deter your creativity.
You are the gushing fountain of creativity. Who cares if a few stole away a few cups? You are the source. You have tons more of the same, even better.
If you keep sharing on a regular basis, people will accept your signature as the authentic one and will reward you with their loyalty. That’s how you build your following and tribe: by sharing generously.
There aren’t too many truly creative people on this earth.
Most of us forward and share what SOMEONE ELSE has written.
If you are that other person who gave birth to the original baby, share the goodness and blessings and the gift that life has given you and do it generously, like a river that flows day and night without taking a break.
Your readers are the only way your work will be completed as a writer.
Share and more will come from the same source where everything is coming from — THE UNIVERSE.
6) Read what you love and read a lot.
Without reading there is no writing.
Fill your well with reading good stuff and reading a lot before drawing and using the water in your well.
Reading will teach you humility and a true appreciation of creativity.
Until I read William Faulkner I used to think of myself as a “cutting edge creative person.” But when I read what Faulkner did way back in the 1940s I was embarrassed for my assumption that “creative equals new.” I was floored with the stylistic inventions Faulkner brought to his work back when I wasn’t even born yet!
So read to take the true measure of your own creativity and feed the creative forest fire within.
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This article was originally published by Ugur akinci on medium.
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