15 Facts for Beginning Writers

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There are a few illusions in the world about who can become a writer and what the writer’s life is like. Most writers aren’t millions, not even all the successful ones. Every writer started out the same way, having to learn to read and write followed by practice, practice, practice and more practice. Here is some basic wisdom to keep in mind if you dream of becoming a writer.

  1. Anyone who writes is a writer.
  2. Every writer starts out as a beginner.
  3. Some writers are born, but most of us are trained.
  4. Writing isn’t inherently noble, painful, or glamorous.
  5. Writing is an act and a process, not a definition of who you are.
  6. The only way to discover whether you have writing talent is to write.
  7. There is no single “right” way to write.
  8. Nothing will teach you more about writing than the act of writing itself.
  9. Each writer builds their skills at their own rate of speed.
  10. You can safely ignore most of the “have to’s” you’ve been taught about writing.
  11. To get the most out of writing, write what you would enjoy reading.
  12. Getting published isn’t hard, but getting published in prominent places is.
  13. Beware of anyone who wants money from you to read, represent, or publish your work.
  14. Unless you’re rich or have substantial savings, don’t quit your job to become a freelance writer.
  15. Ask yourself honestly what you want to get out of writing. Then make that your goal.