Become a Writer – 4 Quick Tips to Help You

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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.

Oscar Wilde

Write for your Audience

You need to be able to write for yTypewriter as a writerour 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.

Stephen Fry

Determine your “So What?”

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.

Toni Morrison

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!

Please leave a comment with your thoughts and share with your community on social media.

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

Writing Getting Over the Fear

Writing Getting Over the Fear

Writing getting over the fear – that is most people’s problem when they start a blog or even contemplate starting a blog.

My Own Experience of Writing Getting Over the Fear

I myself am not a good writer by many standards, just past English at school and in my first job my minutes of meetings were described as “Terse”.

Important point is it never stop me!

I just keep putting pen to paper as they say and produce content, some good, some bad and alot where the grammar sucks!

 

To give you some inspiration regardless if you are new to blogging or a seasoned pro.

I’m not a writer

This is the first problem new bloggers confront themselves with.  Here is quote form Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write.

Let them think you were born that way

Next on the list is:

I Haven’t Written Since College or School

Again to give you some inspiration that school or college is not a requirement to be a good writer!  here is a quote from Flannery O’Connor

Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher

The next one I hear all the time regardless of if it has to do with writing or not.

I’m not good enough

Here is a quote from Neil Gaiman. easy eh? (click to tweet)

This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard

Writing takes me forever

Writing Getting Over the FearDoes writing take you forever? Or do you just need inspiration?  Here is some great advice from Stephen King (click to tweet)

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all

others: Read a lot and write a lot.

The next one is a classic

I don’t have anything to say

You have value in being you!  Just be open, be you and put your thoughts to paper, or computer which ever is easiest!  Love this quote from J.D. Salinger

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

I always get writers block

This is a hard one, but you don’t have to start with the novel.  Start with a few quotes, some ideas, even the basis of a story line?  Speaking of quotes, here is another Stephen King one for you. (click to tweet)

The scariest moment is always just before you start.

Words are hard for me

Me too, just start writing something anything.  It gets you started, after all you can always come back and change them, delete them or start over.  Even easier with a computer.  To some this up I will let William Faulkner speak

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.

 Over To You

This post on Writing Getting Over the Fear was inspired by something I read on Hubspot.  If you struggle with your blog, go read a few articles throw some quotes together and see what comes of it!

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