For the past week or so, my friend and I have been exchanging a story, and so far, so good! We were having some issues separately as writers and decided to help each other out. It’s both exciting and maddening to be co-writing, because you don’t know how the other person is going to respond. I mentioned it on Twitter, and lo-and-behold, I have come to share some tips on what YOU can do to become a writer, too! Yay, writing!
- Don’t listen to anyone. Just don’t listen to them. People can be downers or they can lift you up, this is true, but you have to listen to yourself, first. Don’t let negativity get to you. Don’t let pride get to you, either. Walk the line! Find that balance and you’ve struck gold!
- Read. Holy moly, read all of the time. It’s helpful to see how other people write. You can read anything you want! Fiction, non-fiction, articles, fanfic, anything at all. Hell, read the dictionary – expand your vocabulary!
- Cry. All of the time. It doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s due to writing, or if it’s just a mood swing, cry.
- Develop ideas. Develop characters. Develop your setting. It’ll all come together somehow, but first you’ve got to develop.
- Find friends, online or offline, it doesn’t matter, who are also writers. You can help each other! Trust me, it’s gonna help.
- Find a pretentious beverage. Most people drink coffee, some drink alcohol, I prefer tea. Drink your new pretentious beverage a lot.
- Listen to music. Sit in a silent room. Listen to the noises outside. Just, wherever you are, listen. There’s a story in that sound and it can be wonderful.
- Find writing prompts. Look them over; it doesn’t matter if you actually use them or not.
- Try writing different genres. Maybe you prefer historical fiction; try writing a piece about current, everyday life – I myself prefer fantasy, but I also have horror, supernatural, post-apocalypse, and historical all in my arsenal of stories that I’ve started.
- Write when you want to write. People say write every day, but maybe you don’t have the time; write when YOU can and what’s best for YOUR schedule.
Tah-dah, you’ve just graduated from Karyn’s College of Writing. You’re gonna be great! Good luck, and come back to visit to let me know how your writing is going.