Writing: a Beginner’s Guide to Success. Part 1
Writing is a form of art and just like a painter with his brush – sometimes it’s going to get messy!
That’s why just like with any goal if you decide you want to write then you have to determine your reasons. You may be wondering, ‘how can I become a writer’ when actually the “how part” is simple. The how just requires that you apply your pen to paper – or your finger to keypad.
#The first step to writing is to know your why/s
To complete any goal in life, the first step is to form the goal itself. This requires belief which is the mother of faith.
Not only do you need to have a reason but your reasons have to inspire you so that you are pulled towards writing rather than having to rely on the fickle nature of motivation alone. You have to feel inclined to write by first forming a compelling belief about writing.
The list below includes some common and some less common (personal) reasons as to why writers write (and keep on writing). Have a read of them and if they resonate with you this could help you make an informed decision about whether or not you really want to write. If you are reading articles which instruct you on ‘ how to write’ then you are probably an amateur writer already but ‘who knows?’ – you could be the next J.K Rowling! The point is you have to get a feel for writing so that you can make a decision about what you want to write and execute your plane. If you want to know how to be a writer this is the right place to start!
Do you really want to know how to write?..
Learning how to write takes practice, patience and dedication. There will be obstacles along the way. If writing turns out to be the right path for you then any challenges which you will work through will strengthen your belief into faith. What’s more is that if writing doesn’t suit you, you will have at least learned something new – so it’s a win-win situation. Any author will tell you that being a writer won’t always feel that way. You have to remind yourself.
If you are reading this article then you are probably thinking about becoming a writer and you want to know what ‘skills’ you need to have to make it. Maybe you’re not thinking about it. Maybe better still; maybe you have already decided you will be a writer and you are scrolling the internet trying to convince those naysayers that it’s a good idea for you. Most artists have someone tell them that they don’t believe in them. That’s why it is essential before you begin to know your reasons.
I am a writer and this insight is from personal experience as well as from reading books, social media, business clients; the list goes on and on. There are very few things in life that feel more emotionally painful than rejection and having a close friend or family member reject your business idea will be sucky. They may say, ‘‘you’re crazy if you think you can make a living being a writer’. This is 1: probably going to be something you will hear and 2: at the very least it will hurt a little and leave you feeling like your ‘truth’ is rejected (and) 3: the naysayers are usually only trying to protect you from struggling because they can’t see your vision, they see the reality.
The people who express such opinions to you may also not be wrong in doing so. The reality is; a majority of writers make less than $10,000 (£7,000) per year – and that’s in some of the wealthiest parts of the world. Writers most often have to trade-off the risk of becoming a full-time writer and the risk of making losses against keeping the stability of a day job. Resistance against your writing goals will find its way towards you in many forms so you have to know why in order to develop your resilience. True – there are exciting prospects which some writers think about when they think of becoming a writer, but as with every prospect, there are also pitfalls.
Prospects or reasons for writing could be that you can make decent money doing something that you enjoy, furthermore, if you work your way towards being in the right place at the right time you could make millions! With that said, writing can be extremely tiring at times. To be successful you will need to learn to meet deadlines and at the same time generate a consistent supply of energy that will be needed to research around; envision and create your writing.
You will most likely find to begin with that you are making a little bit of cash on the side doing some freelance writing (for someone who is probably going to profit from your hard work more than you) – or – making a few book sales on Amazon.
You need to know what information you feel is valuable and keep it dear to you. For those whose purpose is the purpose of having their writing recognized as valuable, it most likely will at times feel demoralizing; but it depends on why you are choosing to write. If you see expansion and growth then the money and the recognition become less important.
My point is, there will be challenges involved in writing. It’s no easy way to make cash, so hopefully, you get the point! It’s essential that you have an emotional reason as to why you want to write so you have the ability to hold your head firmly up during the times when part of you feels like quitting.
As promised, here is a list with examples of why you may want to write. Feel free to add your own ideas into the comments section if you think I have missed any out.
Mini list of reasons to write:
- You know that writing relieves stress and let’s face it, who isn’t stressed? So you give it a go.
- You keep a journal and sometimes the ideas you write down are on FIRE: you practically inspire yourself!
- You understand that: writing = learning, learning = growing, growing = living!
- You want to make money for yourself rather than a company and writing is a skill that you can sell.
- You are writing because you don’t know where you want to be but it feels like something that will take you to where you need to be (that’s instinct).
- You understand the value of reading.
- Maybe you wrote something in the past, maybe something for a work or college project: and when you read over it again you thought “dayummm, did I write that? That was amazing! – I could be a writer”
- You understand fundamentally that all people can become anything they want to be because where you were yesterday does not determine where you will be tomorrow.
- You have many ideas about how to make the world a better place if only you could articulate them to an audience.
- You experience writing as the visual expression of dreams; of visions and of resolutions.
- You want to enhance your employability skills. You may have written CV after CV, resume after resume: with no luck. You know that a strong resume is one which develops the most skills in a particular niche. Being a good writer develops your ability to communicate and therefore your employability.
- Writing has found its way into your heart.
Hopefully at least one of the points on the list above resonates with you. If this is not the case but your intuition is telling you that something inside you wants to write (that’s why your here) – then start with step #2.
To recap, step #1 is to ALWAYS to know your why!
to be continued…