By Ruth Barringham
Everyone who wants to work as a writer wants to be a successful writer.
And what I mean by successful writer, is not just someone who writes, but someone who earns their income from their writing.
And if you want to become a successful writer there are two essential things that you need. But once you have these two things, you’ll not only be amazed by what you can achieve, but you’ll also fall in love with being a writer and wake up every morning eager to start your writing day.
Can you imagine how great your life will be when you not only fall in love with being a writer, but you can earn as much money as you want from your writing?
And these are the two essential things you need:
1. You need to love writing.
2. Practice - you need to do a lot of practice.
Let’s look at these two things in turn:
You Need to Love Writing
If you don’t enjoy writing you’ll never be a good writer. Most people I talk to who say they want to be a writer, simply like the ideal of living the so-called “writing life” without really understanding what that means.
Being a writer is work. But don’t get me wrong. It’s not work that you don’t like to do, it simply means that you have to put in the time to write every day and apply plenty of backside-to-chair.
Sometimes it can be hard to start writing, but once you sit down and do it, the words should flow and ideas fill your head. But it’s still work.
So you need to be clear about why you want to be a writer.
It’s like when you go for a job interview and they ask you the inevitable question, “So why do you want this job?” or “What can you bring to this job?”
As a writer, the answer to these questions should be about how much you love to write. Even if you haven’t written much before, you must want to actually write and feel passionate about it, as opposed to wanting to live the life of a writer.
So you if you don’t love writing, you’ll never be good at it.
So make sure that it really is writing you love and not just the idea of being a writer.
Practice - You Need to Do a Lot of Practice
To be a successful writer you need to do a lot of practice, and by that I mean that you have to write a lot because writing and practice are the same.
Don’t just write often, but do it for several hours at a time so that you can really get into the flow of what you’re writing.
If you want to get started and you have nothing to write, find some writing of someone whose work you admire. It doesn’t matter it they’re a fiction writer, a copy writer, a poet or a non-fiction writer. If it’s the type of writing you want to do, use it.
Start by simply copying out their work by hand. Don’t use a computer, just a pad and pen/pencil so that you can really get a feel of how they write including the words they use and how they write to their market.
You’ll also gain valuable knowledge of how they string their ideas and words together and how they make sure that their work appeals to their audience.
Make sure you don’t just read their work. Write it down to get a proper feel of how they construct their writing and how they really engage their audience.
And when you do your own writing, make sure you publish it. Don’t be afraid to submit or publish your finished drafts of everything you write. It’s even good practice to publish something every day such as a Tweet other social media post, a blog post, an online article, a marketing article, a book, a short report, a free ebook, or whatever else you want to send out into the world.
Can you imagine how much money you could earn if you published or submitted something every day? Or what if you submitted and published 3 things every day?
Also you need to keep up your writing practice daily so write every day. Don’t skip a day or two. Make writing a daily habit. Even the best and most successful writers in the world always write. In fact, they usually write more than anyone else.
So keep on writing and do it every day.
If you don’t write every day and only write now and again, then writing isn’t your profession. It’s only your hobby.
Successful writers write every day, not because they have to, but because they want to.
They can’t not write (how’s that for a double negative?)
So starting today, practice writing daily. No matter what it is, whether it’s copying out someone else’s work or writing your own. Just do it.
If you don’t know what to write, begin by writing, “I don’t know what to write today,” and then write down why you don’t know what to write, or start by taking out what you wrote yesterday and read through it again and finish it.
If you start writing and publishing daily, there’s no reason why you can’t be a successful and full-time writer by this time next year.
But you need to start.
And then keep writing.
Once you start practicing daily, you’ll soon build up your love of writing.
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