So you want to be a writer? WONDERFUL! Or maybe you’re telling me you have already written something. Well, that is wonderful too! I’m not quite a published author yet, so my advice for that part would be kind of made of up, but I am a writer! I’m actually almost done with my first manuscript, but we’re not here to talk about me. You’re here because you want to know what 3 things you should do as a writer.
I’ll keep it short and to the point.
- A Little Research Never Hurt Anyone.
Over the years of trying to turn my story into something unique and creative, I have had to do my share of research. Research powers, names, locations, and simple things like using dialogue tags and writing descriptions.
I didn’t go to school for writing, though I wanted to, but it was something I was passionate about so I wanted to get better. A few blogs ago, I mentioned some SUPER HELPFUL WRITING RESOURCES and YouTube has been a huge help in that.
I don’t blieve there is anything wrong with doing some research on the topic you want to give to your audience. You want to be well-informed and some things you can make your own.
- Get Support from Others.
You need support. This is for anything you do. You need accountability and someone to spur you on when your days look bleak. You need someone to bounce ideas off of. Sometimes we have ideas that just need some tweaking and sometimes we have ideas that should probably never be written, but your support can help.
- Keep Writing
I have gone back and read some of my very first writings and by golly IT IS TERRIBLE! I can cringe for eternity and I’d NEVER let anyone read my trash beginnings. But I’ve learned about myself and I’ve learned from reading sort of a fomula for how to write or what makes for a compelling story or how to NOT use dialogue tags (lol). I got a compliment from a close friend of mine recently on my improvements, but I could never have improved if it weren’t for the practice.
I think as artists and creatives, we get so caught of in trying to make things perfect the first time, but that’s not realistic. With anything we do, we have to get better by doing it. We can go back and tweak what we have written. What we write or create is not permanent and can be changed. But you can’t change what you don’t have. Give yourself the grace to move forward in some of you endeavors when you feeling like all is lost. Just keep writing and keep creating.
Stay cool peeps!
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