Do you dream of one day becoming a writer for a famous magazine? Or do you dream of becoming the author of a popular bestselling book? If your answer is yes, there is an absolute chance that you could end up fulfilling your dream of becoming a writer. But how can you achieve your dream, especially since you are just getting into the art? How do you begin?
Writing can be difficult as well as easy. Writing is most likely going to be easy if you have a good understanding of your grammar, construction of sentences, and overall writing style.
Writing will be difficult if you don’t possess the necessary skills required to communicate effectively. It’s also likely going to be difficult if you lack the confidence to speak your mind. The truth is anyone can write, as writing is a skill that can be acquired by anyone who aspires to become one. You don’t necessarily have to be a grammarian or extremely proficient in English to write well. Here are some tips on how to get your writing started as a beginner.
Writing Is a Skill and It Can Be Acquired:
I am a firm believer that writing is a learnable skill. A long time ago, I believed, you either had it or you did not. Now, I know better and I am not ashamed to say I was wrong.
The truth is, no one starts off amazing at writing. Think of all your favorite writers and I can place a bet on it that just very few of them or none of them got their first idea or story published.
As long as you have passion and enthusiasm, you can become a great writer.
Read Everything and Anything
As a writer, books are your fuel, your utmost sources of inspiration, and motivation. Never underestimate the power of books in teaching and informing you of new words and concepts. If you are really serious about becoming a writer, then you have to read, read, and read. Read everything and anything you find around you. From Classic literature to Fiction and non-fiction, Magazines, Ebooks, or novella with giggling girls on the cover, read them all.
Lookup every difficult word in the dictionary and find out how to use it properly. Examine the different writing styles you find in these books with a critical eye. Observe the way each author convey their thoughts and emotions in them. Every book has a lesson if you pay enough attention. Remember that you cannot call yourself a writer until you have fallen in love with the idea of reading.
Practice, Practice, and Practice Again
Nobody is incredible at anything the first time they try it. It takes practice to nail perfection. It’s as an old tale says “practice makes perfect”.
Think of writing the same way of these incredible muscles you see on T.V screens and Magazine covers. If you want to acquire those muscles or make them even bigger, then you have to go to the gym continuously, lifting those weights repeatedly. That’s the same way with writing.
The muscles don’t grow overnight. Your writing will not become better overnight too. You have to continue practicing and practicing to get better, to make those muscles bigger.
A great idea is to devote your time to practice your writing on different topics. You can begin by discussing simple and less complicated topics. Then as you progress you can take more difficult topics.
Be Attentive and Take Inspiration from Your Environment
While looking for articles to write, look for ideas around you, listen to conversations around you. Look at nature, the blue sky, the ocean on the beach or the deep blue sea you see on T.V. Watch the way people interact with each other, the direction the wind blows to, the paper or leaf flying in the air, smoke from a tired exhaust pipe of a car. The truth is, inspirations can come from everywhere. The only thing you have to do is to be attentive enough to notice these things.
Research On Anything You don’t Know About
If you are writing an article on a subject you don’t have a lot of knowledge about or you’re setting out to write a novel about an army officer who is your lead character, you might need to do a lot of research.
Writing is like a journey, just as much as your characters are. As long as you are open to learning and you realize that you cannot be perfect straight away, then you are off to a good start to becoming a really good writer.