Tuesday, 10 May 2016

How to be a writer

Hey Lovelies

Every good writer must first begin at being a writer (I.e without the prefix). If you want to be a writer, the only way is by picking up a writing pad to write.


To become a good writer, you have to pay attention to a lot more.

Here are some things I thought might help everyone on a writing journey.
Peep them below:

1. Write
As simple as this may sound, if you want to develop your writing skill, you need to write (a lot). Writers write. To be a simple writer or a good writer you must first write. There is no perfect time to show off your skills as a writer. The day you nurse the thought of pursuing writing as an interest, you should start practicing. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is for you to have something you can progress from. Everyone must start from somewhere! When I look at some of my works from a few years back, I cringe. I may look at this one in a few years and cringe again. That to me is progress and that is what every writer needs. Just write. Write about your day. Write about your environment. The focus is not on what you write about, it is on how you use words to convey messages. 


2. Read
Reading exposes you to other people's ideas and style. I cannot begin to recount the number of times I gained inspiration just by reading another person's work. As a writer, you have to approach reading in a way that is more advanced to a simple reader. When you are reading another person's work, you have to pay attention to the many things that would be seemingly obscure to a simple reader. I usually read a book like I am trying to answer some questions I would ask the author if I were to meet them in person. The ability to read other people's works critically is a skill every writer must have. 

3. Get professional help 
From getting courses, to volunteering at places you know will leave you with valuable experience, push the boundaries and aim to be outstanding at whatever you set out to do. With the advent of internet, online courses are really easy to access these days and volunteering usually requires a willing heart and your time. Avail yourself of great opportunities by hunting them down yourself and never see the need to resort to complacency.

4. Find a mentor
Finding a mentor will help you with regards to gaining indirect experiences. If you pay attention, you can navigate through life avoiding the mistakes that your mentor made. There's always a lot to pick up whenever you talk to a veteran in any field. However, I must add that you have to pay attention that you do not duplicate your mentor's style. Every writer must find their own distinctive style based on their peculiarities and strengths. You can allow your mentors to inspire you, but never allow anyone's style overshadow your own peculiarities.

5. Join a writing community
Mingling with other writers will expose you to a lot of resources. Loads of relevant ones. 
Also, every good writer is first a good reader and that is what you can be sure that a good writing community can influence. Whether it be online articles by people asking you for reviews, or those from your favourite blogs, a writing community is sure to increase your reading level. In no time, you will find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to finding useful works to read. And did I mention that you can learn a lot by interacting with other people with the same interest as you? Now you know!

6. Build up your vocabulary
Writers use words. To be a good one, you must be well equipped with words. Make an effort to learn new words and put them to use till you become conversant with them. Invest in a good dictionary and look up words that look strange to you. And if you subscribe to www.dictionary.com, you can get a daily supply of new words to learn everyday.


7. Appreciate constructive criticism 
When it comes to writing, I am my number one critic. But with writing, it's not and should not be a one-man-show. You need to position yourself where you can find good critics. You have to find a way to collect opinions. The first task with collecting these sort of opinions is in knowing who you should be getting them from. There are some people that have no business reviewing your work. You have to develop the sense of spotting the people that can give you relevant reviews. The second task is in knowing how to word your request in a way that is not misleading.
If you send your work and ask someone to criticize your work, they may think that they owe you criticism and will try to dish them out by hook or crook. Search for people that can give you constructive criticism, but remember to shy away from people that will either flatter you or criticize you unecessarily.

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Love always
JB
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4 comments:

  1. Though I don't call or see myself as a writer, for some one who scribbles and blog these are all great leads. One I wish to take seriously is learning new words and using the often to became conversant with them. This used to be a thing for me back in secondary school. Even had a vocab book. I should revive the habit.

    Great post.

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    1. I understand what you mean by not being a real writer, but I still think you should not limit yourself. Thanks for stopping by Tamie

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