The number one rule for becoming a writer
Anyone who has written and published a book has been told, at least once, “Ah, you know, I too wanted to write a book, but I never found the time!” Or “I also want to write a book: I have it all in my head!”
The world is full of people who want to write, who think that one day they will do it or, worse, they are sure of having the skills without ever having tried it.
Fortunately for me and those like me who work in the writing world, most of these unspoken “talents” will remain so and will not compete with us because people waste their time and energy inventing excuses and putting off instead of putting on really play.
So if you also want to write a book or even have it all in your head, stop making excuses and start writing.
There is no other way to reach your goal.
What Not To Do If You Want To Become A Writer
So if you really want to become a writer:
- don’t say you’re too tired to write;
- do not postpone the time of writing to “after”;
- don’t plan to start writing “from Monday”;
- don’t give up writing because you’re too busy;
- don’t blame your family members if you don’t have time to write;
- don’t say you have too much work that leaves you no time for anything else;
- do not give up before starting because “the publishing world is a jungle”;
- don’t think you are too old or too young to start writing;
- do not repeat yourself that the story you want to tell is not good enough;
- don’t wait for inspiration;
- … and all the other excuses you can think of!
Let me tell you again: the writers write, everyone else makes excuses.
Do you think that great writers have so much free time, they don’t have family commitments or are always inspired and eager to get in front of the computer?
Writing can sometimes be fun and often rewarding, but it’s almost always a serious and demanding job.
I also want to repeat this: writing is hard work.
Writing is hard work.
Nobody really wants to work hard every day, every week. We all try to enjoy ourselves from time to time, to pull the plug, or we simply abandon ourselves to our laziness.
Writing a novel, a manual or an autobiography can be a long work and during the journey it is normal for there to be moments of fatigue and difficulty.
And that’s where the apologies come from.
Then it is easy to say “I do it tomorrow, today I have no time”, or “I think of it on Monday, today I have no ideas!”
Instead it is precisely in these moments that we see the difference between who is really a writer and who says he is.
The writer writes. Always. And with regularity
The Keywords To Become A Writer
Just think of this: if you write just one page a day at the end of a year, you’ll have a 365 page novel! Then the following year you can dedicate yourself to reviewing and editing what you have written and at the same rate at the end of the second year you will have a full-bodied and correct novel, ready to be published or to be sent to agents and publishing houses.
Instead, if for half the time you make excuses and don’t write every day, it will take you four years to have a complete and correct novel in your hands, with the risk of getting tired and giving up before the end of the work.
If you then apologize three days out of four your book would certainly never see the light.
Constancy and diligence are the key words. True writers work tenaciously, day after day, without finding excuses.
So, if you really want to become a writer and write a book, know that the first rule is this: write every day. No matter how much, but write!
Rule # 1 to become a writer:
write every day.
No matter how much, but write!
What matters is that you get into the habit of cutting out a small daily space to devote to writing.
Someone prefers to do it before going to sleep, someone else early in the morning, someone else instead does it by train or subway, taking advantage of the dead times of the day.
You choose, but write.
Whether you work on a first draft or on the final revision of the text makes no difference, the important thing is that you write.
There will be days when in half an hour you will fill five pages and days in which after many hours you will have produced only a skimpy page.
It does not matter. You are not in competition with anyone, not even with yourself.
Write what you want, in freedom, without worrying about spelling and grammar, or without necessarily having to start from what you wrote the day before.
If nothing comes to mind, if you feel that it is one of those days without ideas, write how you feel and how you experience this creative “block”. Even when you don’t feel like writing, write and explain why you don’t like it.
In short, write something for your book or write down the reasons for your failure to work.
Be sincere, so you don’t have to convince anyone: you are writing for yourself.
Writing must become a natural and automatic gesture for you, to do every day, like brushing your teeth.
I guarantee you that if you follow this method literally you will train yourself to write consistently, you will learn to overcome blocks and listless moments because you will soon be tired of writing justifications that you will prefer to use your time to write something more creative.
Or you will understand that writing is not for you, that writing a book was just an idea in which you were cradled but never realized.
But at least you’ll stop fooling yourself.
Because writers write, everyone else makes excuses.
Now that I’m done, I ask you a small favor.
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