Hi Fellow writers
There are only 4 rules one must follow to be a successful writer.
- Every day
That’s it. If you’re thinking hey I got a lifetime’s worth of experience that’s ready to be harvested into a whole cornucopia of stories or hey I’m talented I got ideas just blowing up in my head like soap in a microwave, then your gifted. You’re gifted in thinking that you could be a best-selling author the moment you want to and the words will be reaming out as soon as fingertips hit the keyboard. Superman’s gifted, but unless you’re wasting work-time reading this at the Daily Planet and go by Clark then I got bad news, you’re not. So you’d better keep your feet on the ground because the only thing that defines a writer from those who would sit around in coffee shops, Macbook on the table and telling everyone they are a writer with great ideas is to write. You’re only a writer when you write if you want to think extremes and that means that your free-time, the time you had hanging out with friends, slacking off, watching movies, listening to music, you’re going to have less of it.
You got all that. Good. So now you want to be a writer, you’re going to read, you’re going to write and you’re going to revise. Every day? Please do.
As all rules of writing like a great pirate captain once said is more like guidelines than actual rules. Writers have their own schedule, some write every day, some write three times a week. But in the end, frequency is better than amount. It is better to spend 15 minutes every day writing, then it is to spend two hours every Saturday, don’t ask me how it works but my theory is that it’s like insurance. You screw a day then you got 6 others, you screw that Saturday and it’s the whole week gone.
And with practice it’s good to set goals. There are many ways but two tried-and-true methods are time slots and word count.
– Time slot: Set a slot of time; write for that time no excuse. I’m not one of these; if I set a time I will be sleeping half the time, or drooling over the internet. But if you work on the clock, try it. If you don’t have time then just do 15 minutes every day. Believe me you can find 15 minutes of your time to write. If you commute, stop playing Temple Run on your Android and write on the subway, if you watch the news when you go home, wait 15 minutes before you turn it on. Then after you got this groove going, dig in deeper and do 20 minutes a day. Once you can do that, do 30 minutes a day etc.
– Word Count: You will have a word count, you will not move until you do so. My goal is 500 words a day, but if you haven’t got the time yet, then just do 150 words. That doesn’t take long, and as above once you can do 150 words easy, then add 100 more words, and so forth.
Go for it.
By A North York Writer
Word Exercise: This is the oldest trick in the writing world. Write. Write anything, some flower you found pretty, the nasty little thoughts in your head, the yellowish mush you found between your teeth, or describe what your writing hand looks like. Write to your lowest standard if you must, be shameless, be disgusting, be random but don’t stop.