11 crucial tips every aspiring writer must know

A good reader of my blog asked me if I had tips for an aspiring writer, and I promised to dedicate an entire post to that.

 

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Remember that in our quest to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle, we make an emphasis on discovering your talent and putting it out there. We talk about that here.

So, do you feel like you’ve been called to be a writer? Because if that’s the case, then writing is what you should be doing, what you should be focusing your attention on. Writing is one of the things that mean a lot to my life. I know I was born to write.

And here’s something interesting. I used to write a lot when I was younger. I would sit with my notebook and write for hours everyday. And it didn’t feel like work. It felt like something I wanted to do and I never wanted to stop.

And then as I grew older I wrote less and less. I know why. When I was younger, I was innocent and driven by my passion. I didn’t care about whether or not my writing would have an audience. I wrote because the words were in me and they wanted to come out.

And then as I grew older, I tainted the innocent act of writing with notions such as ‘you should have an audience.’ I started going on the internet and learning there were people who might not even like my work.

That was too much information for me, information I didn’t want to know, information I didn’t need to know. So then I began to write less because I had embraced these limiting factors which inhibited my creativity and made me feel less excited about my writing.

Almost every aspiring writer today faces the same problem. We’ve lost our innocence. We’ve listened to so many opinions that have dampened our zeal for writing. Today we write with anxiety because we are worried there might be people out there who won’t like our work.

We write with fear and uncertainty because the internet says the odds of making a living as a writer are against you. You hear of those few people who are living as established writers and wonder with a heavy heart if you’ll ever be one of those people. And because the internet says the odds are against you, you have thrown in the towel but are in denial about it. So, now your writing is suffering.

But today I present 11 tips every aspiring writer must know. These tips will take you back to the zeal you used to know when writing.

 

  • Tip#1: Dismiss what you’ve heard from other people about whether or not you’ll make it as a writer

And I mean that. Every aspiring writer should dismiss everything they’ve ever heard about whether or not they’ll make it as a writer because I’m willing to bet it wasn’t good. Decide if writing is truly your passion, because if it is, then you’ll know you were called to fulfill it no matter what other people say.

 

  • Tip#2: Stop googling ‘can I make a living as a writer?’

Seriously, stop doing that. How have you been making a living until now? Because you have to continue with that and write every chance you get. Google is nothing more than other people’s opinions. That leads us back to Tip #1: Dismiss what you’ve heard from other people about whether or not you’ll make it as a writer.

If you are an aspiring writer and you know you were born to write, then don’t worry about whether or not you can make a living as a writer. Write with faith, and everything will sort itself out.

 

  • Tip #3: OK, now start writing

And I’m not talking about now and then or once in a while. I’m talking about writing as often as you can, and as much as you can. Go back to that zeal you had before your mind was polluted by other people’s opinions. When your writing was passionate and free.

 

  • Tip #4: Stop waiting for inspiration

I wish I could go back to that time before I knew the meaning of the word inspiration, because then I had no excuse to not write. An aspiring writer who says they are waiting for inspiration was never a writer in the first place and can’t carry that title long term. I know because I used to be that kind of writer.

Two months ago, I finished an 80 000-word novel I’d been working on since 2014. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the time it takes you to write a novel. Don’t feel like you have to rush. But at the same time, don’t stall because you are waiting for inspiration. I took that long to finish my novel because sometimes I waited for days, sometimes weeks for inspiration.

Now I’m working on a new novel of a similar length. I started it a little over a month ago, and I’m already halfway done with my first draft. I had a vague idea of what I wanted the novel to be about when I started and nothing else. Every day I take to my computer with no idea of what I’m going to write, but I manage to put words on my screen every day.

 

  • Tip #5: Write about what pleases you, not other people

An aspiring writer sometimes worries about writing to please other people because they want to sell their work. I don’t like that because it makes writing less personal. Write about what makes you happy, and that way you’ll give writing your everything. Then readers will definitely appreciate your work.

 

  • Tip #6: Start a blog

Now, this is one tip I heard over and over again for years. I didn’t understand it until I started my own blog. Now I wish I could shake someone’s hand, but whose? Starting your own blog as an aspiring writer is one of the most fulfilling things.

If you are worried about sitting for months before your work is completed, then blogging will take care of that because you get to put out posts while you are working on your longer project. It’s a perfect balance that keeps you working hard at both pursuits.

Soon I’ll dedicate an entire post to starting your own blog and what to expect.

 

  • Tip #7: Finish your work before you try to get published

Getting published would definitely be nice. But don’t obsess about it. Finish your work before you try to get published. Don’t waste valuable time and energy looking for publishers when you haven’t yet completed your work, especially if it’s fiction work.

And another important point under this tip: don’t query any agents before you complete your work. If they ask to see your work and it’s not ready, that’s bad. Polish your work before you even think of typing the word query.

 

  • Tip#8: Create your own routine

Don’t worry about Stephen King’s routine, or the routine of that famous blogger whose blog makes $10 000.00 monthly. You are not them, you are you. As an aspiring writer, you should create a routine that works for you. If you can’t write in the morning because you are swamped with work at home, and you best write in the afternoon because you are free, it’s OK, work with that. Don’t copy anyone, appreciate your own uniqueness.

 

  • Tip#9: Keep your work to yourself if you can’t handle rejection

I’m talking about when you are still working on your project. If you know you’ll only be demoralized by people’s rejection of your work, then keep it to yourself until it’s finished. If it’s rejected then, you are likely to improve it if it’s finished than if it’s not.

 

  • Tip #10: Don’t let rejection bring you down

This follows on tip #9. If an agent rejects your query or a publisher says your work is not the right fit for them, then don’t worry. There are many other agents and publishers out there you can contact.

Work on the comments you get to make your work even better. Don’t stress about anything. You are a writer and nothing and nobody is going to change that.

 

  • Tip #11: Read

Every aspiring writer should read a lot. Read other people’s work. If you have your own voice, then you shouldn’t worry about copying someone else’s. Reading will broaden your mind,  help you see what works and what doesn’t. Plus, reading is fun.

 

The final word

If you are an aspiring writer, you must begin to act like the writer you were called to be and write. Don’t worry about anything but write. If nobody appreciates your work now, someday someone else will. In the meantime, your passion for writing should keep you going.

 

Thank you for reading this post. If you are an inspiring writer please tell us your story. Which tips work for you? Please share with us by commenting.

 

There’s a lot information out there to help the aspiring writer.

For more tips, read this great article by artplusmarketing.com.

Take tips from established writers here.

starrigger.net also has incredible tips here.

 

 

10 important steps to discover and develop your talent

Are you looking for steps to discover and develop your talent to fruition? Maybe you’ve found out what your talent is, but you have no idea how to develop that talent to fruition. Or maybe you still struggle with discovering that talent in the first place. Then this post is for you.

 

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Every one of us has a talent. I don’t believe the people I meet who say, “I don’t have a talent.” Our God would never put us on this earth without a purpose. We all have talents that we must use to bring honor and glory to our Lord.

My talent is writing. I’ve loved writing from as early as I can remember, and I write passionately and effortlessly. I was telling my sister sometime ago, that when I have my fingers on the keyboard of my computer, sometimes I find myself writing phrases that don’t feel like they are coming from me.

My fingers are on the keyboard, and it’s like there’s something deeper in me that’s directing my fingers to all the right letters. Many times, I finish writing, look back at what I wrote, and it feels so magical that I think, “did I really write that?”

I believe that’s what a talent feels like. You have abilities that seem almost supernatural. And you do things in a way no one can really describe. These are the very things that make us unique. And you do those things effortlessly.

And it goes without saying that we should use our talents to benefit others. Remember, it’s not about you, it’s about others. Focusing beyond self to others is one of the important keys to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. I talk about extending your love to others by forming healthy relationships in this post.

OK, by now you should be eager to hear what I have to say about how to discover and develop your talent to fruition, so I’ll get right into it.

 

  • Step #1: Know and understand that you have a talent, regardless of whether or not you’ve found it yet.

This post would be fruitless if you carried on with the belief that you don’t have a talent, or that you are one of those people not meant to have a talent. I would hope the reason you are reading this post in the first place is because even though you haven’t yet discovered what your talent is, you believe you do have it. Realizing you have a talent is the first important step to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • Step#2: Pray and ask God to help you discover your talent

I feel the need to remind you as often as possible that we can’t do anything outside of God. Well, we can try but we’ll fail. Don’t be fooled by the temporary victory you see, outside of God, that can’t hold.

Anyway, humble yourself before God and ask him to show you what your talent is. The bible clearly says if we ask for what pleases God, he’ll grant our wishes. As long as you want to discover and develop your talent not for selfish reasons, but for the benefit of others, God will reveal your talent to you.

 

  • Step #3: Try different things

I’m not saying be foolish and walk into trouble. You should exercise caution and use common sense in everything you do. Again, your talent was meant to bring honor and glory to God, so obviously by saying try different things, I’m not suggesting you swing around a pole to see if God gave you a talent to be a pole dancer, or a stripper.

No, when I say try different things, I mean whatever is not in contradiction with the word of God.

 

  • Step #4: Refuse to let failure bring you down

We’ve heard of great people who discovered great things after many failed attempts. Hello, Thomas Edison, anyone? And he isn’t the only one. If you feel inclined toward something and you feel strongly about it, then keep doing it. Chances are you’ll fail once, maybe twice, maybe more than a hundred times, but keep trying because you are bound to get it right someday, sooner if you don’t give up.

 

  • Step #5: Refuse to take criticism for your attempts

I can imagine what people were saying to Thomas Edison every time his experiments with the light bulb failed. Maybe people outside of his family didn’t know what he was doing, but I’m sure his family did. I can imagine his child saying, “Just drop it, will you, Dad? It’s never going to work.”

What would’ve happened if Edison had given up? His great invention would never have existed. And the world wouldn’t be enjoying the fruits of his tireless labor everyday.

It’s hard when people criticize your attempts. It’s even harder when those people are very close to you. But don’t lose heart. Explain to them why you need to keep trying and then keep trying. Don’t give up.

 

  • Step #6: Surround yourself with positive people who inspire you.

You have a higher chance to discover and develop your talent if you are around positive people who inspire you. You might be able to do it around negative people, but it would be hard. Whether or not you’ve discovered your talent, you should still always surround yourself with positive people. Make friends with positive people and spend time with colleagues who are optimistic about life.

 

  • Step#7: Remember to be humble

Not just to God but to those around you. You can’t be arrogant and go around with a chip on your shoulder because you still haven’t found your talent. No, be humble. Humility is a virtue that will never fail you.

Here’s how humility will benefit you even more. When you discover and develop your talent, you might explode into a celebrity among your people. Now is the time to remember your background and identity. And humility will help you do that.

 

  • Step #8: Help other people discover and develop their own talents

While doing that, you might just discover and develop your talent. Maybe your talent lies in being of service to others. Yes, that’s a talent. One that we are more than ever in need of now when the spirit of individuality has taken over.

 

  • Step #9: Express gratitude

Gratitude is another virtue that will get you far. When you express gratitude, you tell your mind that things are going well. You keep reassuring yourself. Gratitude is like a magnet that draws good fortune to you. A content and grateful heart has a better chance of helping you discover and develop your talent than a begrudged and ungrateful heart does.

 

  • Step #10: Don’t stop living your life

In an attempt to discover and develop your talent, you might get caught up in the hype of trying different things and forget to breathe and live like you’ve been living. It’s the case sometimes that your talent is hidden in the little mundane things you do everyday.

The mundane act of ushering at church could turn out to be your very own talent. So could mothering your kids. There are many mothers out there, but few great ones. So take pride in your everyday life lest you miss your calling.

 

The final word

Don’t despair if you are struggling to discover and develop your talent. You will. Just implement the steps above. Most importantly lean on God because he’s the one with all the answers, including yes, what your talent is.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Tell us what you think of it by commenting. What did you do to discover and develop your talent? Please share your steps with us.

 

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