Write and write and write

Do you want to be a writer? Great! This world needs more good, creative writers.

How do you start? You start by writing. I know, it sounds too easy, but it is true!

A writer improves by writing and writing and writing and then writing some more. Through experience, you sort out how to communicate concepts and carve out a story that people want to read, or a non-fiction piece that people can easily understand.

How many words do you need to write? As many as you can! If you talk to most professional writers they have written hundreds of thousands or millions of words.

Please don’t get overwhelmed and give up. Just start writing, logging in those words, pages, and stories!

It helps me to have a deadline. Paying clients would be optimal, but if you’re just starting, why not enter a contest or start a blog. Give yourself a definite deadline and be firm with it.

Another piece of advice I have for you is to read books you enjoy reading. There’s a reason you enjoy those books. Read them over and over and learn from them. How do your favorite authors communicate their ideas? You can pick up pointers.

It isn’t a bad idea to get advice from a supportive friend or group, people who are interesting in encouraging your writing goals. Please don’t seek out critics. They are the ones that will pass along snide comments that make you feel like quitting, selling those comments as if they were nuggets of gold. Just thank them kindly for their advice and keep writing.

If you don’t have the time to write, but wish to see your book in people’s hands, hire a ghostwriter. It will still be your book and your ideas.

However, if you can, write and write and write and soon you’ll have your book in print for all to read!

Laura Sherman (119 Posts)

Laura Sherman, a.k.a. “Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter,” is a professional ghostwriter and author. She enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and is happiest when juggling multiple projects. She recently authored “Chess Is Child’s Play” to introduce the next generation to the game of kings and queens. As a parent of three, and one of the top 50 women chess players in the United States, Laura wrote this book to teach any parent to teach any child, of any age, to play chess.