Five Things You’re Not Doing as an Aspiring Writer, but Should Be

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So you want to be a writer. Excellent. You’ve found the perfect place to learn all about how to do that. Let’s start with the basics, shall we?—things you’re not really doing all that often, but should be, if you want to write professionally someday.

 1. Jotting down ideas

In any given day, thought after thought after thought will cross your mind so fast you’ll probably miss a good portion of them. Every once in a while you’ll have a thought that quickly morphs into an idea, and more often than not, that idea will quadruple in size, block out all other thoughts, and consume you until you simply can’t ignore it anymore. The only way to get rid of it without actually tossing it out is to write it down somehow. On a piece of paper, on your phone—somewhere you won’t lose it, and can refer back to later.

 2. Connecting with other aspiring writers

Sometimes writing can get lonely, no matter how many characters you have to keep you company. There are plenty of reasons to engage with other writers, whether online or in person. Sharing ideas can be a powerful asset to everyone involved, and sometimes, talking about writing with other writers is a lot less frustrating than trying to explain to your non-writer friends why you sit at your computer and talk to yourself (it’s not you, it’s the voices).

 3. Reading

Why must writers read? Well, why must a violinist listen to other violinists? Why do theatre nerds love going to see shows? You have to know not only what’s going on in your desired industry; you should enjoy it, too. And it’s likely you probably already do. The more you read, the more inspired you’ll be, and the more different types of genres you read, the more versatile you can make your own work.

 4. Listening to podcasts (about everything)

There are podcasts out there on pretty much every topic you can think of. That means there are thousands of ideas discussed via podcasts daily—and the more you listen to them, the more of them you’ll here. Back to the whole inspiration factor. Sometimes hearing another successful person talk about their success is enough to convince you to put your own aspirations front and center for a little while. Whether you’re in it for the information or the entertainment, or both, listening can help you more than you think.

 5. Writing

This one might seem obvious, but it’s actually pretty easy, and completely unintentional, for someone to dream of becoming a writer without ever actually acting on it. Writing is something you can’t get better at, or have any hope of succeeding in, unless you physically sit down and do it. It doesn’t even have to be a full story or even make sense. Just write something. Anything. Everyone starts somewhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s not very good. You’ll get there.

It’s never too early or too late to dive into the wondrous world of writing. Everyone enters at their own risk, and few regret it. The most important thing to remember is that, in the grand scheme of things, writing success isn’t measured by how many pieces of writing you publish. At least here at Novelty Revisions, we measure success by how willing you are to give this writing thing a try.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s do it. Let’s get to writing.

Image courtesy of Flickr.

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8 thoughts on “Five Things You’re Not Doing as an Aspiring Writer, but Should Be

    1. Thanks! I am constantly emailing myself, and the notes app on my phone is a quick outlet too. Or recording a quick voice memo if I’m super desperate.

  1. As an aspiring writer I do all of these aside from listening to podcasts, I’ve never really liked those but jotting down ideas, meeting other writers, and dreaming of being a writer, I do that quite often.

    1. Have you ever tried podcasts about reading and writing? Those might catch your interest. :) I suppose this point could apply to other things too – movies, TV, YouTube – different ways to expose yourself to different discussions/ideas, etc. Podcasts are just one example. It came to mind first because I was listening to one while editing the post, haha.

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