What’s the most important advice I can give to anyone wanting to become a writer?
I am not trained as a writer; I don’t have a degree in writing. Yet being able to combine words in such a way to have greater meaning has always meant a lot to me. I love being able to convey stories from what happens in my life. I love taking thoughts from my imagination and building a story around it. I’ve practiced. I’ve worked at it. I’ve kept with it over time.
As people, we all have a unique story to tell. We all live through different experiences, different transitions that make us who we are. Those experiences can guide us to think in a unique way. And when we apply that innate talent into our writing, magic occurs.
Writing is a personalized and individualized experience. My life is different than yours. What works for me might not work for you.
What I’ve done that most don’t is chosen to become a writer. I’ve taken the steps necessary to share my stories with the world.
Yet that doesn’t make me better equipped for writing. It doesn’t give me exclusive rights at being a storyteller.
If you want to write, write. Choose to listen to the stories that are deep within. Listen to the passion that rises from what makes you, you. Tell the story you are meant to tell.
You can get help with the editing.
You can get help with the publishing.
But if you never start the process – if you never write – your story will never be told.