The beginning phase of wanting to be a writer, I call “writers on the brink!” Writers come from all stages and phases of life experiences. They say that writing sounds so exciting; they want to be a writer. What does that mean?
Without researching and getting the facts, how do you know that writing is the creative outlet for you? There are more questions than answers because each person is unique. Individuals must decide for themselves if writing is “their thing.” Then, what to do with the writings brings up a bazillion more choices. As with most decisions we usually move forward with enthusiasm, lack of information, and an abundance of drive and ambition. If we knew the details ahead of time we might not step into that new venture, so maybe it’s better to walk in blindly.
E. L. Doctorow said “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. You don’t have to see where you are going; you don’t have to see your destination. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you.”
Writers must be able to take it one step at a time — one article at a time, one page at a time, one paragraph at a time and even just one word at a time. It is a slow, careful, rewarding daily process to write from the heart in order to reach the heart of the readers.
All of us are a teacher and a student. The teacher in me keeps asking questions. Follow my lead by asking questions about yourself and about others. The more you know about human nature and about life in general, the better writer you will become.
The only real reason to write is for yourself. It will motivate you to keep going. If you can satisfy your creative writing urges, then you can learn to satisfy your own reading and listening audience. Writing in a daily journal will open doors for your creativity to come out of hiding. By solving your own problems, you can write for others to help them work out their issues by reading and dreaming vicariously through your projects. Writing is healing.
Written goals and a path that starts with the intention to write for yourself, represent the starting point. Somewhere along the way, the questions about writing for others will come to the foreground. If you decide to keep your writings for yourself, that’s commendable to fulfill your first obligation, which is to yourself. If you are willing to become an Entrepreneur, a business person, then go for it to become a published author. Writers begin to become successful the minute they set the intention to write.
Professional authors have usually taken the path of earning a college degree and a Master of Arts in some aspect of the literary arts. They choose to take the path of writing as their life’s work.
While you are on the brink of writing, as with most new ventures, many important points become lost in the sea of information. Learn as much as you can, one step at a time.
The Perfect Time to Write
For years and years, I was writing in a variety of ways that included letters to the editor in the newspapers, educational newsletters, teaching and business manuals, poetry, a children’s book and on and on. But, that wasn’t writing, so I thought. It was being involved in life. There were some troublesome times when I said “I’d write a book, but who want to read about my life path?” As quickly as I asked that question, I dismissed the thoughts and the possibilities.
Wondering and waiting for the perfect time did not exist for me. My journey was filled with other responsibilities, until I was downsized out of my last job. That life changing event grabbed me and propelled me into a path of having a strong need to write. I write because I have to! I sleep better when I write. I like to write. I have a lot to say and many more ideas to research.
Since joining the world of writers and authors I’ve heard a very disturbing mantra from those who say they want to write BUT… Finding time to write is the most common issue. Perhaps that explains why I didn’t write while I was working to support my family. Whatever the excuse, if you really want to write, you will write. If you want to talk about it, you will talk.
Writing is a high-resistance complicated activity. It takes mental, physical and emotional energy, coupled with a surplus of patience. A private, quiet, and personal atmosphere is required to be able to concentrate. It takes confidence to know you have an important voice to share with others.
Stop waiting for the perfect time. If you really want to write, start now by writing for yourself at least 1 hour each day. There are 168 hours in a week – take seven of those hours to write for yourself. Perhaps those hours won’t start off to be the ideal time of the day to write – but they’ll be far better than doing nothing.
Keep writing! Writers WRITE, everyone else
with an interest in writing, makes EXCUSES.