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Sunday, September 6, 2009

How to Become a Writer

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The translation of human experience into an artful literary presentation is the art of writing. Writing is a careful craft that follows certain literary techniques and maintains field standards. Most fields in creative writing (from academia and publishing, to grant and technical writing), require a higher degree, including at least a Bachelor's degree, and, often, an MFA in creative writing or an MA in literature, journalism, or a related field.


  1. Consider all of the options. Not everyone can create a blockbuster novel. Anyone with passion might be able to earn a living from writing. Copywriting is probably the highest paid skill on the Internet. Article writing is in great demand for providing content for websites. Creative writers are in demand to bid for projects every day. So the first step in how to become a writer is to research all of the options.
  2. Use logic and desire to create the vision you want.
  3. Think about what you want to write, instead of what you want to get from writing. You won't get anywhere if all you're after is money.
  4. Be prepared to work odd hours -- you'll need to write whenever ideas strike, even if it's the middle of the night. Completely immerse yourself in the world you create.
  5. Find what works for you and stick with it. Even if you get dozens of rejection slips, if you feel comfortable working the way you do, you'll eventually have success.
  6. Know that writer’s block is a real thing. Too much writing, and concentrating too deeply, can cause you to not be able to write a word. Your focus and concentration leave, and you can just sit and stare at the page or the computer or typewriter, and not have a thing come to mind to write.
  7. Take a break to refresh your mind. Take a drive, or a walk, go to a movie, or just read a book. You may need a day, or a week to be able to once again concentrate. Be patient, your writers block will leave in due time. If that doesn't work, try the toilet, or in french, ca'mode. Toilet or Ca'mode means to refresh the body, which helps the mind as a writer.


  • Carry a notebook with you everywhere. You never know when inspiration will hit. Be prepared to jot down ideas or any creative thoughts that come to you.
  • Read great books. Pay attention to how and why great writing pulls you in and captivates your imagination.
  • Join a writers group.Gather.com is great for writers and budding writers. People like you and me write, and read, and critique, and teach. It is free to join and a great place to learn.
  • Learn how to use conversation in your writing. People talk, and you will have to learn how to make it look real. There is a knack to writing talking.
  • There are many forms of writing, find one that you feel comfortable with, and use that style.
  • Remember that John Grisham had his first novel rejected. Later on it became a movie.
  • Imagine you are sitting next to your reader, and write the way you would speak to them - if you imagine this then your writing will become warm.
  • Read it all out loud and if you stumble when reading, then change the wording!
  • Don't over use words.(Ex."let's go," said Bob = "Let's go," exclaimed Bob.)
  • Never stop brainstorming. Last minute ideas are often good ones.


  • It may take many rejections until you get an acceptance.

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