So you want to be a writer. Who doesn’t?
I have one question for you. What are you writing now?
If you answered with anything except nothing, GREAT!
If you are writing you are a writer.
If you are not and you want to be one, start writing.
Now you are asking yourself is this guy crazy?
Maybe I am. But being published is a goal for a writer not the definition of a writer.
Write, don’t worry for now if it is good or not.
I write a lot of things that I hope nobody will ever see.
Your ideas are what is important. Write them.
You can edit later, then polish and edit again.
Yes we all hate to be edited. It is part of writing, so get used to it.
That is advice not an order. If you do not get used to it you will cringe every time something is changed. (I do sometimes too)
Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction the idea is to get it written.
A writer will write. I do it every day. So yes, I consider myself a writer.
I also have someone who edits everything that I think is good enough for anyone other than me to read.
That opinion changes on occasion after it has been read. It is also reinforced when the edit comes back without the question, “What were you thinking?”
The point is write. When you have polished your grammar, style and vocabulary then think about publication.
So if you are new to this just write and keep writing. Don’t forget to read works from your favorite authors. It helps.
If you are writing non-fiction please study the subject you are writing about. There is nothing worse for you then telling people the wrong information or falsifying information. This mistake has ruined reputations. Once your reputation is gone publishing is gone as well. Nobody will buy your work. So please don’t make this mistake.
Enjoy what you are doing and what you are writing about. If you do not enjoy writing you are less likely to continue. If you do not enjoy the topic the work is more than likely going to end up unfinished. Enjoy yourself.
This is just my opinion of what should be. I am not the final authority, I am however a writer. The decision, am I any good, is left for readers to decide.