How to Become a Writer…

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This is real…

I couldn’t make this up if I tried…! If you do an actual Google search and start typing “how to become a w…” you’ll actually find these results pop-up via auto-complete.

It’s fascinating and very entertaining to think that becoming a werewolf or a witch might actually come up before writer, suggesting that perhaps it’s just as difficult to become any of them (or perhaps it’s easier to become a mythical creature of fairytale than a writer!).

How does one “become” a writer? My formula and definition is quite simple: A writer is one who writes.

There are zero qualifications or prerequisites. The bar is low, as I believe it should be. I take a somewhat similar stance to how I classify “indie developer” if you’re curious.

Now, this doesn’t mean that one will necessarily feel like a writer the moment they begin to write; I believe that self-revelatory process of discovery takes time and it requires you to “bleed” a bit on the pages, a’la Ernest Hemingway:

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.

The bleeding part is about trying and failing, feeling grossly uncomfortable about it all for a while. Perhaps it’ll take a long time for you to “get” what it means to write as an art form and practice. For some of you this act of loosing bodily fluids will become a daily sacrifice, a lifestyle of sorts.

It takes time, experience, and humiliation for one to eventually feel like they may grasp and capture the essence that is the mantle of “writer” – but you are no less one the moment you decide to write.

Just like the new software developers that have just written their first line of code I have often told them that they can now call themselves, truly, “software developers” and that they can stand proud. Who cares if they totally bungled the first attempt. The results are wildly-less important.

Become a writer. You can totally do it. Want to do it publicly (i.e. blogging)? Start (or restart) here.

 

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