Writing Isn’t A Hobby, It’s A Lifestyle

If you love reading as much as me, you’re probably a fantastic writer. The brain is like a sponge it absorbs all the information that you read. Then, later when you sit down with a blank page you’ll find the ideas pour out from your own perspective and point of view. Before you know it, you will have created a brand new literary world from scratch with nothing but your imagination and knowledge.   

There is absolutely nothing more rewarding than filling your first blank page with an original, incredible idea. It’s truly magical, and there’s definitely one of the things you need to do if you want to write for a living. You need to read…a lot. If you want to blog, read countless blogs every day. If you want to be a journalist, make sure you’re following news accounts and scrolling through plenty of content. And if you want to be an author pick up at least one new book every month. Of course, that’s just the start of your journey of becoming a writer.

Keep That Content Coming

When you first start writing a blog, you need to think about adding a new post every day, like clockwork. This will get you into a routine. The same is true for writing content or writing your first novel. If you’re writing without the possibility of instant publishing, don’t worry about grammar, spelling, structure or order. Just write whatever you can type out on that keyboard. You can fix the jumble of ideas at a later stage. There are two ways to write a story. Some writers have a plan for each chapter with a beginning, middle and an end. Others write until they feel that the story they’re trying to tell has been told. While the second idea might seem romantic, you’ll probably deliver a more cohesive story with the first.

See Yourself Improve

Once you finish writing your first novel, you’ll be overcome with a great sense of pride. You might read it and think it’s a masterpiece. After you’ve corrected most of the grammatical errors, you might even think about sending it out to get published. That’s a big no-no. Instead, you should put it away for a year and write something else. It doesn’t matter what and you can go back to your blog if you like. After a year take that writing out and compare it to the pieces you’ve written recently. You’ll probably find the quality of your writing has dramatically improved and that piece wasn’t as great as you first thought. Not to worry though, that’s what rewrites are for.

Open Yourself To Criticism

The days are gone when a writer could sit in a dark room with a quill, ink and a page and throw out a full-length novel in months with no interjection from anyone else. Now, writing has become an incredibly social industry. If you want to try self publishing, it’s best to get some feedback first. Make sure you are speaking to other writers who will give you honest advice on how to improve your story before you self-publish. There will be people who are going to tear you down, don’t ignore them. Use it as inspiration to keep moving forward.

You need to be prepared for rejection as well. If you are sending your work out to literary agents, you could get rejected thirteen times before you even get a slightly positive reaction to your work. This is perhaps the greatest challenge of being a writer. It takes great determination and confidence in your work if you are going to succeed.

I hope this advice helps you on the road of turning a brilliant passion into an incredible career.