If you have decided that you want to be a writer and have already taken some first steps in this direction, then surely you realize that a writer is not just a person who writes. Writing is a career that suggests certain mindset and lifestyle. Naturally, being creative people, writers need to enjoy their liberties to as much extent as possible, but it is the attitude towards their job what unites them. So, here are some tips for future writers:
1. Keep writing
You have now made up your mind that writing is your occupation, not just a hobby. This means that you cannot afford the luxury of writing only when you feel like. Depending on how you prefer it, you can allocate several hours per day exclusively for writing, or you can set up a plan of how many words per day you should write. You shouldn’t expect to come up with something brilliant every time you write, but nevertheless, you are practicing.
2. Write what you love and know about
In their desperate attempts to get published, beginning writers often follow some trends. They look at what’s popular now and write about it. This is the wrong path, and such attempts seem puny. There two reasons:
So, don’t torture yourself and stick to what you know and love.
3. Socialize with other young writers
If you want to be a writer, then clearly you have some insights to share. So, why not see how other people try and achieve such goal. You may come across interesting ideas without even asking for any.
Besides, it will motivate you to “outdo” your fellow writers, thus adding a slice of healthy competition.
4. Take it easy
Healthy perfectionism has never hurt anyone. Still, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself on your way to perfection.
You need to keep in mind that no writer was born perfect. More so, there are no stats on that, but one can safely assume that there are quite a few writers who look at their works – fresh or earlier ones – and think “Oh, I am so amazing!” So, you shouldn’t expect to find your own writing likable at all times – and it’s no big deal. After all, it’s not you that you are writing for.
5. Imitate your favorites
Surely you have some favorite writers who have inspired you to become one. So why not collect all the elements that you love about them into one example to follow. This is a great idea for starting out.
6. Research publishers
They are the ones to whom you will bring your work once it’s done. You know there are many of those, and there is a reason to that. Each has a niche or a specialization of some sort. A writing rejected by one publisher may be welcomed by another one. So, it is a good thing to be aware of before you start calling them.
7. Be scrupulous about grammar
Writing is about conveying some great ideas. But regardless of how groundbreaking and mindblowing your idea may be, they also need to be well-shaped for the reader to get them. That’s what grammar is actually for. So, take some time revising your text in matters of spelling, punctuation, etc.
8. Read writing guides
It would be naive to assume that all the relevant advice could fit in a humble-sized post like this. So, one of the best tips for future writers would be to stay encouraged to read theoretical works on plot and structure, characterization, building up settings, etc.