So, You Want To Be A Writer

Being a great writer is one of the easiest and hardest things in the world to do.  It is easy to put a pen down on paper and start writing with no concept of where you are going or how you intend to end. 

It is hard to get your scattered thoughts to slow down enough to make sense out of the chaos to form a plot and get others interested in reading what you wrote. 

The Writing Recipe 

Writing takes a pinch of inspiration, a pound of patience, a dab of luck, and a sprinkle of talent.  It sounds like a recipe, right?  That is what writing is all about; taking the right combination to get a cool looking book at the end of the session. 

Everyone has a story they want to share.  I have been writing since I was a child, and I have many stories to share.  I rarely let others see what I write because I don’t want judgment on it.   

Why shouldn’t I let them see it?  I have inspiration, and I have patience, and I have talent.  Now I am going to throw in a dab of luck and let’s see what I can bake up.  But first I need one more ingredient. 

Begin writing now!!

Where Do I Begin? 

Many people just don’t have the know-how to get started.  The google searches give you articles like “4 Easy Steps To Write a Book.” 

  1. Get some paper 
  2. Find what you are passionate about 
  3. Write some stuff down 
  4. Invite all of your friends to the book signing. 

There is no meat and potatoes for this meal. It told me absolutely nothing about how to get organized, how to start an outline, how to create a plot, how to proofread, how to get edited, how to find a publisher or any of the other hundreds of things needed to get started.   

Most people don’t need someone to ultimately hold their hand.  They just need someone to guide them to where they can take over on their own.   

If I write a blog where do I publish it? Which domain provider is best? What is web hosting?  

ARRRRRRRR 

Too many questions!!!!  

Start At The Beginning 

Before all those questions even need to be answered, we have to start at the beginning and get over the fear of rejection and move into the world of writing for others. 

Writing isn’t scary.  We are afraid of the people who read our thoughts and ideas.  It is that fear that holds most of us back from putting ourselves out there for all to see.  If this were the three little pigs’ story, then a reader would be our big bad wolf. 

The only way to get over this fear is to move out of our comfort zone and into the grand world of publishing our ideas.  It doesn’t have to be a novel.  You can write a poem, a short story, or a blog post.  It just has to be out there where others can see it.   

Once it is out there for the world to view, then things get moving.  Ideas become articles.  Articles become newspapers.  Newspapers become media empires.  The point I am trying to get across is that ideas begin to grow and mature and then spread. 

It isn’t as easy as just writing some words on paper.  They have to capture the imagination.  Words are powerful.   

When you can write a poem that makes a reader leave the present and daydream about far-away places in their own imagination, you have a winner.   

When you write a book that is so intense that your reader can’t put it down until the final word, you have a winner. 

Ok, Now What?   

Well, you wrote it, now what are you going to do with it?  If you stick it back in the desk drawer because you are too afraid to get it out there for everyone to see, then it is nothing more than a bunch of random words on a piece of paper.  This blog post started out that way. 

I am taking myself out of my comfort zone.  It is comfortable to write things down, and I know that I am a great writer because no one ever told me differently.   

What happens when I publish this and someone comments that it sucks? Then I write better the next time.  And the time after that.  And the time after that.   

Until one day, I wake up, and someone else thinks I am a great writer too. And they tell their friends to buy my books or read my website. And they say “Read this!” to their friends and so on and so on.

Don’t Let The Fear Of Rejection Hold You Back  

Let other people get you on the right track.  If someone tells you that you misspelled half the words in your post, next time make sure you double check your spelling.   

If someone tells you that your proofreading needs to improve, use that as a guide instead of a rejection.  The commenter isn’t rejecting what you wrote, but how you presented it.  Don’t give up, just be better next time.  Or better yet, thank them for the advice and fix it. 

What happens if someone doesn’t like your writing?  

So what!   

Three other people found it entertaining.  Four other people found it helpful. Now seven more people think you are a great writer instead of just yourself.  The seven people you just touched tell their friends about you.  The one who didn’t like your writing just moved on to something else.   

Forward Ho 

There are a lot more steps to take after we get over the fear, but they are better left for another day.  You never get anywhere without taking the first step. 

Together, we are going to move forward on our new journey.  This is my first step.  When are you taking your first step? 

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