How to Become a Writer: 10 Priceless Tips
1. Write every day. Not once or twice a week, but every day. I am writing for a blog, for my Sea Change Program, or I'm working on a new book or course. This is probably the most important thing I have done in twenty-five years: constant practice has allowed me to smooth the corners and made the most difficult obstacles not so frightening. I recommend starting a daily blog (or post at least once every two days).
2. Learn to overcome resistance. Each writer is faced with resistance,
which interferes with writing, with procrastination, which makes him distracted
and engaged in routine affairs, if only not to write. I learned to meet this
resistance, and not run away from it. I learned not to be so afraid of him and
to start without thinking too much. If this internal resistance prevents you
from writing every day, look him in the face and do not back down.
3. Think of writing as a kind of
meditation. This allows me to distract from everything else for a few
moments and plunge into only one lesson. To do this, you need to enter the
brain into a special state, and also pay attention to when you have a desire to
be distracted - and not follow it automatically. I can look into myself and
allow myself to express emotions in words or, say, understand some truth and
try to formulate it.
4. Allow clear time for texts. Many people meditate on a timer,
and it’s also very useful to set a timer when you write something. For example,
have a ten-minute session and don’t strain too much: just let the words come
out and try to stay focused for these 10 minutes. When you know that there is
little time left, you get rid of fear and plunge into your text.
5. Learn to deal with fear. All writers are faced with this: fear of failure, fear that you are not good enough, fear of discomfort and uncertainty. Many succumb to fear and therefore do not even begin to write or abandon this business. But it seems useful to me to acknowledge this fear and still write. Yes, you will be terribly uncomfortable, you will feel this uncertainty - but still write. Sit with this fear in your head for a minute, and then start writing. These fears frighten, but it is not so terrible if you allow yourself to face them face to face.
6. Think about quality. The writer is the same artisan who
gives out words, and he should be concerned with how these words come out.
First you need to master the spelling and grammar, the basics of speech writing
at this page. This does not
mean that you will not have typos at all, but it means that you need to
constantly try to better and better master the basic tools. When you write some
text, run it through a spell-checking program and try to remember the words in
which you made mistakes. More often look in the dictionary. Let your friends
check your work. Choose a stylebook and learn the most common styles - and try
to be consistent.
7. But overcome perfectionism. Just write. You will learn on the
go if you show enough care and make enough effort. In the meantime, get rid of
the ideals that hold you back. Just grab and do. Publish drafts without forcing
yourself to turn them into perfect text. Typos - little trouble.
8. Learn to type fast. This is not necessary, of course,
but very useful. There are lots of programs that help to reach a decent level
in a month, and to a very high level in a year. This helps to quickly retrieve
words from the head.
9. Learn to write to the deadline. This was one of the most
valuable skills I learned from journalism. This is a serious pressure, but
thanks to this you will learn that you are able to write the text on time if
you concentrate. You will learn that you don’t have to try to do everything
perfectly, that you can get rid of fear - and just write. You will also learn
how to quickly edit your own texts. Put the deadline and tell someone else
about it, and then send this person the text to the deadline.
10. Read more. The best writers swallow books in packs. I read all the time. It forms your own style, gives inspiration, allows you to expand your language toolkit.