The info-graphic above might appear to be put in jest. But trust me. These ten steps are the best writing tip you’ll ever get to become a better writer. You don’t believe me? Don’t worry. I didn’t either. Until I put it into practice.
I was not born with an inclination to writing. And if I had any, I was not able to recognize it until the end of the twenty-eighth year of my life. At that time I’d garnered degrees in engineering and business administration, managed to scrape through three years of working life, and had dabbled with many hobbies – playing guitar, running, body-building, and also, once, for a brief period, writing. I managed to be below average in all of the above.
But in spite of all this, I was sure about one thing. That I needed a creative outlet. Of any kind. A way to pump out my emotions, my feelings. A channel to covert the internal energy into something tangible. It was then I read somewhere
We all are born to do one thing that only we can do. And do it better than anybody out there.
Something snapped in me when I read this. For I also had come to this conclusion, instinctively, long time back.
I tried my hands in few more things. I started a Facebook page on apps (I’m a technology buff and loved reading apps reviews and also trying them as and when they were launched. The page also performed below average.
But while writing all those apps reviews, I realized that the more I wrote, easier it became for me to write, to express on screen. Sometimes due to work or other engagements there would be a break in my writing. And I realized it became a tad harder to sit and write again.
But even though I sucked at creative writing, I was able to get this insight –
Good writing is proportional to the quantity you write. And more you write, more you become a better writer
Don’t get me wrong. The insight was not equivalent to practice makes man perfect. It is more than that. To become a good writer, you need to write. A lot. No matter at what stage of your writing career you are. Doesn’t matter whether you are J.K Rowling or George R.R Martin. You have to get your butt on a chair. Sit. And then write. Write your heart out.
This is the first principle of writing.
Just like a painter needs to sit and paint on hundreds of canvas before producing a masterpiece; a basketball player needs to sweat it out in the court for hours before making that spectacular dunk in the final – a writer needs to sit and write. This is the basic fact.
But whenever somebody sit to write, they often expect to produce a full fledged novel in the first instance. That is never going to happen. The first step is to write. Anything. Something.
Today, I am far from being a true writer. But I have also come a long way from being a person who aspired to write. Today, I am writing for four three online publications. And one of my stories have been published in The Penmen Review – an online writing journal of Southern New Hampshire University.
The second principle to become a writer is sticking to a schedule.
Carve out a time for writing. Dedicated time. Free from distractions. Away from your ever-buzzing phone. Away from the noise of the outside. Just lock your room, and sit. Same time – every day. And start writing.
And when you do that. When you stick to a schedule. Something magical happens. Creative juices start flowing in your head. The inspiration comes on its own. You develop a connect with your sub-conscious which propels you to write, something which you had never imagined.
In those moments you become a medium, a channel through which your sub-conscious speaks – dictates. It makes hidden connection, those feelings which you had felt but not observed before. And brings out in the form of words.
That’s what is dedication which comes from sticking to a schedule. William Faulkner, one of the greatest writers said –
I Only Write When Inspiration Strikes. Fortunately It Strikes at Nine Every Morning.
Follow these two principles and the job is half done. Half job to become a good writer. Writing is not a once-in-a-while endeavor. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of living. And the spiritual high that you get once you really write from your heart, is the best feeling out there.