So you want to be a writer.
Or maybe you’re not sure and want to know more about it.
Or maybe you absolutely sure, but don’t know what’s involved.
And maybe you just know there isn’t any option.
Questions and other stuff to ponder:
Are you sure you really truly want to do be writer?
Why do you want to be a writer?
Is it a passing fancy?
Are you doing it because you want to be famous and rich?
Because everybody else is doing it and you want to be part of the ‘in-crowd’, and have lots of friends and fans on Facebook.
You think it would be really cool to buy a Mac, sit in coffee shops and write.
You like the way it sounds to say ‘I am a writer.’
You haven’t a clue, you just know it’s all you want to do.
You can’t keep the words locked in your head.
The basic have and have nots, and other considerations
- Ideas – a little imagination goes a long way
- No fears
- Ability to manage a madcap life
- Ability to eavesdrop on conversations you are not part of
- Self entertaining ability
- Ability to disconnect from Social Media
- An excellent Dictionary and Thesaurus
- A sense of humor
- Thick skin
Nice to haves
- A room of your own
- Idea journals
- A blog
- A digital recorder or smart phone
- A good friend/partner/therapist
- A healthy outlook on life
- A tattered or turbulent past (if you’re a memoirist) or a wacky family life or surreal childhood
- A passion for happily ever after (if you have a penchant for romance)
- A sense of humor
- Computer skills
- A support group
- A talisman
- A laptop
- OneNote (MS software application)
Things to keep the creative juices aflame
- Writing outside your comfort zone
- Reading – lots of reading
- Listening to Podcasts
- Watching movies…all kinds
- Watching documentaries
- Music for all occasions
- Taking yourself on dates
- Making time for daydreams
- A point-n-click camera or smartphone for image snapping
- Idea board (or journal/notebook)
- Long walks
- A good wall to talk to and/or a pet (someone or thing who listens without interrupting when reading your work aloud; includes trouble-shouting; story triage, plot planning, general hysteria about all things writing
What to avoid
- Netflix binging
- Your insecurities
- Breaking commitments to yourself
- Not writing
- Feeling sorry for yourself
- Collecting how-to-books
- Talking about writing and not writing
- Editing while writing
What not to expect
- Instant fame
- Perfect first drafts
- For words to automagically appear on the page
- For it to be easy
- Atta boys
- Absolute certainty and confidence
- Everyone will love your writing
What to expect
- Lack of time
- Complaints from friends and family
- Creative bursts
- Shitty first drafts
- Meeting fellow writers
- Pride of accomplishment
- Doubt and fear to the nth degree
- The overwhelming desire to quit or cry, whine or bitch, scream and howl, jump up and down, brag and dance, give up and surrender
- Becoming a stronger write
- Acceptance of your right to write
- Frustration and euphoria
Remember writing is a verb.