Still persists the notion that you can not become a writer, but it either is or just is not. But this is not so, because creative writing can also be learned. As with other professions, aspiring writers must first acquire the necessary knowledge and tools to develop their creative potential.
Reading is the beginning of writing
If you want to be a writer, you are at a great advantage as a bookworm. Diving into the wide world of books and stories not only brings a lot of joy, but is also a preparation for writing later on. Even without major effort, the vocabulary and general knowledge is trained. Plus, it’s easy to learn from visuals how other writers build story arcs, develop characters, and portray central conflicts. Also, the sometimes very different topics, genres, and styles of language are highly interesting if you want to become a writer yourself.
To capture ideas, it’s a good idea to always carry a notebook with you.
Practice makes perfect
Of course, the writing itself must be practiced, because even the greatest novel idea is useless if it cannot be realized. Even if it is still far from being as widespread as it is in the USA, creative writing courses are now offered in many places, where you can try your hand at writing in a group of like-minded people. If you can’t or don’t want to attend such a course, you would do well to create a regular routine for yourself. With set times reserved just for your desk or computer, it’s easier to integrate writing into your daily routine and still be on the ball during more turbulent periods of life or setbacks. In this way, for example, writer’s block can be avoided. To record ideas that come up outside of actual writing times, it’s a good idea to carry a notebook with you at all times. So no thought is lost and yet the daily routine is not interrupted.
Seek and endure criticism
Everyone who wants to become a writer and not just write for their own pigeonhole has to face the reading public sooner or later. Even if it seems obvious, friends and relatives are not suitable as first readers, as they are usually biased. Honest criticism, however, is a prerequisite for recognizing one’s own mistakes in writing and being able to grow from them in order to become a better writer. But thanks to the Internet, it’s now easy to find a writing forum for every genre and level of writing, where amateur writers and those who want to become professional writers can exchange ideas. However, it is important to have a thick skin, because especially in the early days, any criticism of the often painstakingly written texts can be painful. However, the learning effect can be enormous, and any mistakes ironed out at this stage will not stand in the way of later commercial success.
First steps towards publication
Even if you intend to publish novels, you should first try to publish shorter texts. Besides the time spent writing, the main factor here is that successful publications not only boost your confidence as an author, but can also pave the way to a book publishing company. Especially regional newspapers with small staffs like to accept topic-related articles from guest writers. These articles are usually paid very little, but they can be a first step towards newspapers and magazines with larger circulations. If you specialize in a particular genre, such as science fiction or fantasy, websites or magazines with a fan fiction section can also be a suitable entry point into professional writing.
Find a publisher
To finally publish a novel, it is not enough to have a suitable manuscript available. Finding the right publisher who wants to publish it is not easy, even with high quality texts, especially when the author is still unknown. Since all publishers have their own priorities, it doesn’t make sense to write to everyone sight unseen. A look at the respective publisher’s program is helpful to decide in advance whether your novel fits thematically into this environment and therefore has a chance of being published. In addition, a writer should never send in a whole manuscript, as publishers usually receive a lot of submissions. As a rule, a synopsis outlining the content of the novel is sufficient, as well as a short text excerpt. In addition, formal requirements such as the use of standard pages should be adhered to. If you still get a rejection, you should not be discouraged, because often it works out in another attempt with another book publisher.
For every writer, there comes a time when he or she must send in his or her finished manuscript…