Alright beginners, let me tell you the magic secret to becoming a better writer.
“Write a lot, and read a lot.”
No, don’t you dare. I see you raising your hand in the back. I see you scoffing at me and rolling your eyes. You, slinking behind the buffet bar, don’t even try to run. The metaphorical door is locked and guarded and I hid the key underneath my fedora. Yes my fedora. I know it’s a pretentious hat, but I like wearing it.
So sit down. All of you. Let me disillusion you of some notions.
“I don’t want to write till I’m inspired.”
I shudder when I hear you say that. It’s not “write when you’re inspired,” it’s “write UNTIL inspiration hits, and then keep going.” People let their muse control them, when actually you control your muse. She’s sitting inside your head, twiddling her thumbs, and waiting for you to give her something to work with. Those little random bursts of creativity are her getting fed up and clawing at your brain-pan.
“I don’t want/like/have time to read.”
Seriously? The birth of a writer starts from a person who loves to read. So if you’re against it, I think you need to come up with a different goal. It’s not even hard to do. Books are the best choice, but if none are available then read articles and fan fiction and blogs. The important thing is that you consume words like it keeps you alive. Because it sort of does.
“I’ve got writer’s block.”
Okay fine. I get it. You’re stuck on something in your current project. It happens. So write something else! Anything else! Short stories, essays, poems, reviews, love letters, erotica, fan fiction, songs, or even your will. Just write something! Anything!
“But I’m not any good at writing.”
Neither was I. Art takes practice. It takes a lot of practice. That’s why you have to write all the goddamn time. Writing constantly will teach you technique, it will teach you what works and what doesn’t. It will let you find your voice. It will teach you how to continue to be inspired. It will show you what kind of person you are. It will make you confident in what you are doing. It will make you into a goddamn artist.
Ignore the guy crying in the corner. I think I broke his mind. For the rest of you, do you understand now? Do you feel the twitch in your fingertips you’ve ignored for so long?
Good! Then go write some words.
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