You can be a writer if you decide to let your writing talents develop naturally. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you live, or what you do for a living, or how much money you have, or how many children you have.
Anyone who wants to write can become a writer.
A writer starts like a tiny seed hidden beneath the earth. The seed is watered with moments of word scribbling. The act of creating your first writings causes your muse to respond with warm sunshine. You lend a little effort, and nature kicks in.
We all have something to say. Even if you start by thinking your contribution to the world of paper-bound verbiage is negligible, you are capable of writing amazing, wonderful things.
All of writing is practice. Some days your practice is not so great. Other days you feel totally inspired. Ten months down the line you may decide to re-read your scribbles. Amazingly, you may then decide that what you thought was uninspired writing has merit and is worth development. Conversely you may find your “inspired” writing has matured into pure trash. The lesson here is that you cannot judge your writing while you’re creating it as well as you can later, from a detached viewpoint. So why try? Just write for the joy of it.
Write about anything you want to write about. Nobody is going to judge your practice writing sessions. You can write about your kids, your life, the silverware, your flower garden, your town or city, your best friend forever, the traffic, or even your religious beliefs or lack of them. It doesn’t matter what you write about so long as you keep that pen moving and have fun with it.
Before long that little seed that was your “wanna be a writer” idea turns into a little seedling pushing up against the soil, then emerging into the full warmth of direct sunlight.
Epiphany! You ARE a writer!
It doesn’t stop there. Keep feeding this tiny plant with water (time for writing practice) and nutrients (you, reading about what it takes to become a great writer). The muse (warm sunlight) is like an ever-present companion now. You find you’re getting more inspiration than you can really use. Organize your ideas. Use a writer’s notebook to collect the inspirations the muse gifts to you. Evaluate, analyze, and ponder the opportunities you’re given, and learn to use them to your best advantage.
Every day that goes by your writing talent grows a bit more. The whole process is miraculous and phenomenal. You start by putting out a little effort, by taking time to write, by having the equipment to do so, whether it is pen and paper or a laptop. And because you made that effort to “show up at the page” the muse responds and helps you the rest of the way.
After all that effort, after hours of practice, it is bound to happen. Eventually you will get your work out there into the world and will let others read it, perhaps starting with a critique group. And then you’ll get published.
It all hinges on you taking the first step to make your writing success happen. Start small, grow slowly and naturally, then celebrate with great joy!
Thank s for the encouragement that it is possible to get better at writing, wish it could come faster, but hope it will come!
Linda Jo Martin says
It is happening right now… every time we write, we learn something that will improve us for the future.