Who wouldn’t want to be a writer? Occasionally I have wondered that myself. With the invention of the Internet as we know it today, ANYONE with at least a good command of their chosen writing language and a connection can publish any few thousand words (or more) that they have written for themselves. Trying to make money at it– that’s the subject of another blog post.
If you’re really lucky (Did you get that? REALLY lucky?)….they money is not the why of it. It’s not even the admiration of all your fellow homo sapiens (although that’s nice too)….it’s that a writer NEEDS to write. In other words, a writer will write stories or other copy in their free time whether they are paid or not. When a writer (for whatever reason) is prevented from writing for any length of time, they get bunched up inside. They don’t feel quite right. If this is you, rest assured, you are not defective. This is normal.
Now if this is not you, do not lose heart. I am trying to get back there to that state myself. Few things in this life are worse than my current profession, hence wanting to go back to writing. Not that I was ever paid (the Internet as we know it today hadn’t been invented yet), but I was getting to that point where I preferred writing to other pursuits. Among other things, it gave the rat on the treadmill something to do.
Just….write. I can’t put it any simpler than that. Even if it comes out like a turd, keep writing. You’re probably going to be changing it later anyway. Even if you are right and it IS a turd, you can’t keep writing turds for too long. Very rarely does worthwhile copy come out “on the first try”. The important thing is to write part of a story (technical journal, newspaper ad, etc.) DAILY. If you honestly miss a day, do not “beat yourself up over it”, just get back to writing. Continued….writing….that is what makes one a writer. It gets easier as one goes along as well…..
Another thing is to read. I’ve committed to a half-hour a day of reading or in some cases researching (which involves reading) toward my goal. Again, I don’t beat myself up over it if I miss a day– occasionally. Reading helps keep the mind sharp and among other things is a good way to learn what the other authors are doing. Plagiarizing is wrong, taking notes on a particular STYLE of writing is not.