Writing is easy. All you have to do is start composing, finish it and assure yourself that it’s good and worth to read. But, of course, just like what other people say about writing, the process of content creation is easier said than done.
The act of putting down words on paper may seem uncomplicated. But once you get into business and start scribbling on a blank page, you will notice how the seed of an idea on your mind wavers or how your prose slips to nowhere.
If you’re struggling in pulling those words out of your head, perhaps these motivational thoughts and words of wisdom from the masters could help you gain your confidence in writing again and push you to get started.
“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining–researching–talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.” ― E. L. Doctorow
If you want to be a skilled writer, then write. No more excuses, just write.
“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that – but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman
It’s okay if you’re not like those bestselling novelists and authors that you look up to. It’s okay if you’re not the best writer in class. It’s okay if you write more trash papers than superior papers or worthy ones. You’re still a beginner and your journey has just begun. Don’t quit. Your break will come and when it does, you’re already the writer you wanted to be — the better one.
“Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” ― Barbara Kingsolver
As you start creating your content, focus on it. Don’t mind the things going around you. What’s important is the words you’re going to write and the story you will tell on that blank page.
“Whenever I’m asked what advice I have for young writers, I always say that the first thing is to read, and to read a lot. The second thing is to write. And the third thing, which I think is absolutely vital, is to tell stories and listen closely to the stories you’re being told.” ― John Green
Don’t just read, read a lot. The habit of consistent reading will expose you to various thought processes, writing styles, different perceptions and understandings. Also, it can help you increase your vocabulary and ideas on what to write about. To be a good writer, you need to have a curious mind. Remember, a voracious reader is an excellent writer.
“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” — W. Somerset Maugham
There are many rules in writing but you cannot follow them all. As a writer, you can make or break the rules. It depends on you what kind of writer you want to become.
“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith
If you want to become better in your craft, make writing your priority. Set a specific time for it and ensure that you have a personal space when you do it. Failure to protect your working hour leads to a terrible effort.
“Be your own editor/critic. Sympathetic but merciless!” — Joyce Carol Oates
Be a writer and editor at the same time. Learn how to proofread and edit your work if you desire greater perfection.
Taking a lesson or two from successful authors can make a huge difference on your writing journey. Stop slacking off, get on your feet and grab your tools. Today is the right time for you to improve your craft and become a better wordsmith.