10 Tips on How to Become a Writer ...

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How to become a writer… it’s actually not as difficult as you may think!

Granted, not everyone can write, but if you can, and you want to, I can help!

I’ve been a professional writer for many more years than I care to admit, and I have lots of helpful tips to share.

Here are 10 tips on how to become a writer.

1. Read!

To be a better writer, you first have to read, and read a LOT!

Read everything you can get your hands on so you can figure out what you like, what you don’t like, and if you like, take notes.

Don’t like a literary device?

Love another?

Enjoy a particular writer’s style?

Then read everything else they’ve ever written.

2. Read “the Elements of Style”

Add this to the very top of your reading list.

It’s called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White (E.B.

White, the same guy who wrote “Charlotte’s Web).

You can find a used copy for a few cents, and it will be worth every single penny.

It’s marvelous, a perfect primer for anyone who wants to write anything, from a one-paragraph biopic to an epic novel.

3. Read “on Writing”

Next on your reading list should be Stephen King’s “On Writing.” Whether you’re a fan of his novels or not, his book is insightful and compelling and rich with details on how to write, when to write, and what to write.

4. Write!

Now that you’ve read, it’s time to write!

Grab a notebook, or a laptop, or a rickety old typewriter.

Write!

Even if it’s only ten minutes a day, write.

Write in small bursts when your Muse whispers and beckons.

Write even when you don’t feel like it.

Keep a notebook in the bathroom and by your bed, so you can write down those brilliant ideas that come to you while you’re shampooing your hair or dozing off.

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