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How to become a Writer

Writing 101

· Writing 101

What makes a person a “writer?”

I’m going to tell you, but first, I want to tell you a quick little anecdote.

Before I started writing romance, I had a tough time believing I could ever be a “writer.” For years, I told myself I didn’t have ‘it.’ I asked myself ‘How can I become a writer?’ And I responded, too. ‘Darn, all of the writing jobs are so hard to get!’

Even now, after having published eight books in a year, I find myself overthinking my writing process quite often.

I’ll ask myself questions, like:

“Is that prose perfect?”

“Is there a better way to say this phrase?”

“Am I being too wordy?”

Sometimes, I am harder on myself. I’ll think damn this just sucks. It’s not good writing.

But I keep in mind one thought, above all others, that separates a writer from a non-writer. And it has nothing to do with perfection.

Writers Write.

Every. Damn. Day. Sometimes you write well. Sometimes you feel like a fourth grader could have written a better chapter.

Football players play football. Every. Day.

Sometimes they win, sometimes they get railroaded.

So at what point can you call yourself a writer?

In my opinion, it’s when you are writing 5-6 days per week. Even if it’s just 5 minutes per day. Let the words flow, and let it seep into your subconscious.

I shoot for 1,000 words per day minimum. I know some authors who write a whole lot more.

So you want to be a writer?

Just write the words every day. And then wait about a year. Sounds simple, right?

If only it were that easy.

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