Want to become a writer?

Many people have a story to tell and believe that it should be heard and read by others.  It might be a true tale, your life story or a work of fiction.  As with so many things making it happen is much easier if you know how and what you need to do.  If you would like to become a writer, the more advice you can get the better.  This article by author Qasir Shah gives excellent tips and advice that you might find useful.

How do you become a writer?

Tips On Writing
by Qasir Shah

Although I do not believe you can teach anyone to write, however you can inform people of the rudiments of writing.

First and foremost you should write about what you know, what you are familiar with – something you are interested in and about which you care. Do not concern yourself with whether or not it would appeal to others. Listen to your heart and follow its rhythm. Write on topics that make you angry, happy, excite you, give you hope etc.

 If you wish to write on a topic of interest that you are not a specialist on then it is vitally important to research your subject-matter thoroughly. Do not be lazy! Spend a few months getting all the facts and figures from various sources and cross-reference to check their validity. This piece will bear your name, so make yourself proud by doing a through job of your research.

 Characters

 These should be gripping and complex, placed in situations requiring interesting decision-making. You need to think about your characters’ motivation. What are their hopes, dreams and ambitions?

 Story

 Be brave, original and imaginative regarding the content and form. That is what will distinguish you from other writers. Do not follow any particular formula and above all do not copy and become a pale imitation of someone else. But by all means be inspired by other books and write in response to them. However, you owe it to yourself to be yourself.

Reading

Do you need to read in order to write? …..Well not necessarily but it does help to gain an understanding of the form and structure of a story.

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Have it read. Find a few people you trust who will be honest about your writing. Take constructive criticism but also be wary, it is your story and you should not change your thoughts and ideas easily on others’ instigation, otherwise you may end up with a story that is not your work.

 Editing/Drafting

Resist the temptation of editing as you go along. The most important thing is to complete the story first. Completing the story will aid your editing later otherwise you will be forever changing. By the same token arriving at the end does not signal the completion but rather the beginning of your story.

Read through your story in its entirety and as you go along you will discover many grammatical mistakes as well as parts which do not necessarily flow.

You will have to go through several drafts of the piece before you feel comfortable with what you have written. Then leave what you have written for a few weeks and come back to it with fresh eyes, you will be surprised at what additions and deletions you will make. Work until you can do no more!

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Q Shah is the author of  A Sorceress Lost,  Love’s Alchemy, A Pearl of Wisdom – Confucius  and Cyrus.

We hope you found this article helpful.  An aspect of writing that was not addressed is handling rejection.   There is no escaping that the majority of writers  will submit and have their work rejected on many occasions.  Read our staying positive after a disappointment article for tips that you can use to avoid stress.

If you would like further information and advice on becoming a writer; freelance-writing-success is for writers and those who dream of a career as a writer. The site will show you: how to become a writer, how to start your own freelance writing business, creative writing tips, writing careers, freelance writing opportunities and much more.

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