You hear it all over the internet, in books and at school. We are all writers. Natural born communicators. We owe it to ourselves to become great writers. Not only to benefit ourselves, but others too. I never thought I would create any long form of text beyond a Facebook message or an email after graduating school. Sure my day job has some documentation, but I ended up writing my own book that is nearly 100 pages long.
What the heck? How did I become a writer? How can you become a writer?
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. – E. L. Doctorow
I never had experience to go from. The more I wrote, the more I learned about myself. So where did the itch come from? Why did I start writing blog posts and then my first book?
It all started with a single passion. Photography. I fell in love with the concepts and the work that you could create with it. I wrote posts about the rule of thirds, composition and learning to see photos before you take them. After that I began to write about life lessons and failures I learned from. All of my writing had a single trait that held them together. Helping others. I then gathered my knowledge, thoughts and even the stories of others into a single book.
I simply just started writing. Every single time. It’s that easy.
Yeah, but how did you write a whole dang book?!
I committed to the idea. I created a goal and I reached it. Becoming a writer is not as hard as staying one. Sure we all can write, but can you continuously write and craft an idea into your best work? Over and over and over? That’s what it takes to write a book. You take one simple idea. You break it down strategically and you just write a lot about each idea. Then you take away redundancy. Perhaps write parts over. You get feedback from people you trust that are honest and constructive, etc. It’s more than just writing. It’s crafting an idea into something anyone can fully understand. You almost create an instruction manual for others to comprehend your idea. That’s both true for stories, opinions and knowledge. No matter what you share, you have to work hard to get folks to understand your writing.
It takes a lot of mental energy. It’s hard work. It’s loyalty to an idea and to yourself. You dedicate your time to your ideas so you can document and share them. That is the definition of commitment.
Don’t be afraid of starting. That is the easy part. Committing is where the true battle begins. The question is, do you have what it takes to pursue writing more seriously? I can honestly say that the benefits of being a serious writer cannot be measured. My career and friendships are evidence to that.