And write you shall!
I’m going to kick-start this series in a nice and simple manner. But that doesn’t make what I’m about to say any less relevant. Heck, don’t listen to me if you don’t want to. Who am I to take advice from? I’m an unpublished 19 year old who is only just starting out on his writing journey. But hey, I’m just here to offer my point of view whilst trying to encourage others. There’s nothing wrong with that is there?
I believe one of the most crucial things in becoming a writer is to become a writer. There we go. It’s as simple as that. I’ll see ya’ll next time!
No but seriously…
It is crucial. You must tell yourself each and every day that you are in fact a writer. Published or not, famous or not; even if you’re the only goddamned person that ever reads your work – it makes no difference. If you write, you are a writer. Period. And if you are a writer who writes each day, you’re already getting ahead of those who neglect their duties – double win!
Irrespective of your ability or if what you write even makes sense at all (most of the time mine makes zero sense. Absolutely zilch. But hey, I’m still a writer!), or no matter how many times your family members might tell you that ‘writing isn’t a proper job’ – which trust me, will be a lot (screw you family, I’ve been paid for a lot of my work. It is a job) – regardless of any of that. As long as you have belief, as long as you know that you are a writer, then that’s all that matters.
You have to tell yourself that you are a writer and that eventually, with enough work and hours spent perfecting your craft, you will be rewarded in some way, shape or form. And that’s not always being published. I have recently started earning money from my writing by doing ghostwriting and editing projects. And although being published would be a dream come true, it isn’t always everything. I think the main thing is loving what you do. I certainly love writing and if I can make a living from it, I’m not going to complain. Trust me, I’m not.
And I have gotten to this point simply by having self-belief and telling myself that I am a writer and that I will get my reward if I keep working towards it. It’s the same with anything in life. Believing in yourself is half the battle and the sooner you believe in yourself, the sooner you can get on with some: