Five Things to Remember for the New Writer

This is a two-part series that I’m going to post on here.  For this particular post I will focus on new writers and my other post will be for experienced writers.

1.  New does not equal bad.

As a new writer there are many things you still have yet to learn.  It doesn’t make you a bad writer, it just means that you’re inexperienced.  Think of your writing career as climbing a mountain.  There will be many times when you slip and fall, lose your way, or take three steps forward only to fall back ten steps.  It’s okay.  This is your first time in uncharted territory and even expecting the unexpected doesn’t eliminate the difficulty of surviving unexpected things.  I won’t lie and say that the mountain is what you make of it because for some it is always going to be a struggle to climb and for others it’s no different from a stroll in a park.  Just don’t let the hurdles and pitfalls make you second guess your value and talent as a writer.  There is so much more you can learn and so much progress waiting for you.

2. Perseverance is key.

You have to persevere to accomplish anything in this world.  Whether it’s writing a story, looking for a job, or something as grand as fighting for civil rights.  Persevere.  Being able to push through the tough times and understanding that good times aren’t a cue for you to stop is all apart of perseverance.  You have to keep going.  Understand that it does not matter how quick or slow you travel, only that you are constantly trying to go somewhere.

3. Discipline.

Discipline goes hand in hand with perseverance.  You need discipline to persevere.  If you don’t like the constraints of a schedule, then just remind yourself to write every chance that you get.  Furthermore, remember that published writers whether they are journalists or authors have deadlines they must meet.  Sometimes they have word counts they must achieve and this is within the amount of time that they are given.  These people are very disciplined individuals.  They have to be if they want to keep their jobs and succeed in it.  Not finishing an article or a book because you don’t feel like it is not a good enough excuse for the people paying you.  So once in a while attempt writing a specific number of words every week or writing everyday if only to teach yourself more discipline as a writer.

4. All great writers come from somewhere

The best question you can ask a successful student is who was their teacher.  It’s the same for writers.  Who inspired them or took them under their wing and taught them.  Asking this doesn’t mean you’re disregarding the accomplishments of the student, but you are getting a better understanding of how they became so great.  You’re also getting a better understanding of the fact that where you are right now is where they once were.  Sometimes seeing someone’s humble beginnings puts a person’s distant dreams within reach.

5.  Just write.

You have to write.  It doesn’t matter if it is with pencil and paper or a word processor on a computer.  You have to keep practicing and honing your skills to get better.  Even if it doesn’t seem like you’re progressing, you are.  Sometimes you may have to step back for a while and rest your mind but don’t quit.   Finally, don’t only focus on how far you have to go without realizing how far you’ve already come.

So what do you all think?  Did I leave anything out?  Could this have been written differently?  Feel free to leave comments of your own words of wisdom for new writers.

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About cozycommons

I'm an active reader and a habitual writer who loves the good, the bad, and the ugly of the literary world.

Posted on January 30, 2013, in Craft, Opinion, Resources, Tips & Tricks, Tools and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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