If you ponder on how to become a writer, this easy-to-follow guide will help you out through your course of writing.
Writing has been a dream for a lot of us. We daydream about our books being published and read by millions of people. They tell us how inspiring it was. Pretty amazing, right? But how do you start writing without feeling overwhelmed?
In this guide by Zeitgeist Courier Magazine, we are going to show you how to become a writer in 5 simple steps.
1. Write Down Your Thought and Feelings
I know we sound like those therapists that keep saying “What does it make you feel?” But consider it this way; when you start paying attention to your feelings, you’ll make underlying emotions come out. What it ultimately gives you is a better description of a situation, and this is a skill every writer must have. For example, how I feel when I buy new clothes.
2. Be a Camera, Not a Human
Are you one of those people that can’t help but notice how people are acting around you? Well, write about them. Not a novel! Even 2 pages would do. Make them a character; one of those snazzy characters that people love to hear about. You could also add some details to the character to make them stand out from other characters. And one little extra tip; just like the title says, be camera. It means you shouldn’t explain or interpret what you see, just like the camera doesn’t.
3. Read Fiction Whenever You Can
You don’t have to read the classic “Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck or the boring “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler” by Italo Calvino to become a good writer, although reading a good amount of both would help. The idea is to know how other writers do the stuff you’re trying to do. How they describe or approach a scene. If you like stories, that’s great, you’re going to double the fun!
Another great benefit to reading fiction is that it makes you think. You should start thinking to yourself when you read. Yeah, maybe about tomorrow’s schedule, or how your uncle looks like shivering in snow in a cowboy hat and a red dress. Those are cool, but what you should focus on is the writing. Usually, the writer gives you some images to go by. Picture those images in your mind. Are they perfectly describing the emotions? Or do they need more descriptions?
4. Write Down What You Don’t Know About What You Know
Sounds complex, right? Let us put it this way. Imagine I picked up a neighbor as my main character. Let’s say a 60-year-old woman called Debra. I know she’s an old woman, but I don’t know what she does on Tuesday afternoons when she’s walking past the city park. Once Debra’s life is narrated by me, she’s not Debra anymore, she’s my character (just to clarify we’re not making fun of anyone). So, I want to show my reader that this woman is alone. What I do is simply give her some trait that would show such thing.
For example, I’d say every Tuesday afternoon she puts on a dress, goes into the bakery, buys a cake and eats it alone in the park. That’s it! You have a character that goes in the park and instead of talking to people, eats some cake on a regular basis, watches people kissing each other, having fun in the park and then goes home. Add more details and you’ve got yourself a Miss Brill right there!
5. Write Diaries
Writing diaries is really fun. When you start writing diaries, you find that there are lots of techniques you’ve learned from the past 4 steps that can actually be written in a diary. It’s basically a combination of all the before steps. What makes writing diary a good start is that you can vividly see the progress in your writing. You can see that in Day 25 your description of events that happened in your day is much deeper and better than your Day 2. Another good benefit is that you can finally answer those friends who ask “So, how was your day?” with a better answer.
With this simple guide on how to become a writer by Zeitgeist Courier Magazine, you won’t have to read “Ars Poetica” by Horace to know whether you can be a good writer or not; plus, Horce’s way takes 10 years, and that’s just a huge waste of time.
Please let us on the comments below what do you think about becoming a writer. Who knows! you could be the next Raymond Carver!