Do you classify yourself as a writer?
After-all, what is a writer?
This is one of my occasional articles about writing, if you have a blog believe it or not you are a writer. You might not be Stephen King or William Shakespeare, but you are a writer and be proud of it!
I myself am no great writer, although a Brit I struggle to write good English.
So read on and here goes…
Have Your Own Voice as a Writer
You may have to make changes in various ways you write depending on your article but none of this should inhibit the inherent “you-ness” of what you write. Never try to adopt someone else voice or style even if it appears to be better than your own. Nobody is better at being you than you!
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
Write for your Audience
You need to be able to write for your audience not yourself. If you write something that means nothing to your audience, does it have any merit?
You could argue it does if you are doing it for yourself, but if you want to attract a following it must appeal to who you want your audience to be.
You can wear what you like linguistically or sartorially when you’re at home or with friends, but most people accept the need to smarten up under some circumstances.
Determine your “So What?”
That is the reason you have this urge to write something, there must be some purpose to what you write. Make sure you understand your “So what” so when you write your readers will understand your “So what”.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
Be Deliberate About your Format when a Writer
This is easy, determine your format, are you writing “War and Peace” or “Thomas the Tank Engine”. There are poems and short stories. Tweets and feature-length films. Articles and cartoons. One-acts and puppet shows.
Choose a format that works for you and stick to it, you can build from there.
Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.
– Ernest Hemingway
Over to You
I hope you enjoy this article and perhaps it gave you some inspiration!
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If you want to read a great book on writing you might want to check out Stephen King’s On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft