Greek philosopherr Epictetus asserts that if one wishes to become a writer, he or she must be able to write. But how is being able to write the only qualification to becoming a writer? Does this mean that children, when taught in school how to read and write correctly are already considered writers? What separates a professional writer from the rest of the world?
Research, read and understand.
Reading is a basic requirement to becoming a writer: whether for the thrill of it or the knowledge in it. Roz Morris of My Memories of a Future Life states that reading prompts her to write. Learning from a book, discovering what separates a good book and a great book from a poor one, figuring out which techniques work or simply indulging in a character’s world hones and inspires a writer’s ability. Professional writers don’t simply go to school and learn only from specific books, writers train themselves from all the books they’ve read and continue doing so.
The Part Time Scribe
If you’d like to become a writer for blogs and websites, it is very important that you read authoritative articles about it online. You must be familiar with how to write blog posts, website content, descriptions, snippets and more. You don’t really need to find a school to learn it. Many free courses, YouTube videos, and blogs will tell you the basics of the type of writing the online world needs today. So research, read and understand.
Practice, practice and practice.
Stephen King, the illustrious writer of novels-turned-films Carrie and The Shining, once said that “…to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Yes, being a writer involves writing, but it doesn’t end there. Professional writers breathe and live writing like it’s a need to survive. Wishful thinkers write to try to gain recognition, but professional writers tell stories. Stephen King even mentions that he doesn’t stop writing until he meets his 2,000-word quota a day. And he isn’t the only author who has set a daily word count to be met. The Vampire Chronicles novelist Anne Rice writes 3,000 words a day in an episodic manner, The Notebook writer Nicholas Sparks sets a minimum of 2,000 words, and Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton writes and rewrites a staggering 10,000 words a day. Ultimately, you need to practice what you’ve learned from your research and readings such as writing while adhering to the a word count or quota per day. Apply what your clients tell you about your article or listen to what your readers say about your book.
Lastly, become a writer out of love for it. In the real world, it might seem impossible to someone with a lot of commitments to find the time to do either, but if one earnestly wishes to become a writer, he or she will always find a way to do it.