What does it take to be a writer?
Writing, like any other craft, needs practice. In Stephen King’s book, “On Writing,” he blatantly explains that in order to become a writer, a writer must write. As simple as the concept is, it is difficult to accomplish. Lots of things get in the way—your best friend’s hosting her birthday party, mom wants to go on vacation, boss wants you to take on more projects—whatever the excuse, and there are plenty, there is always something else out there that prevents a person from sitting down to a typewriter and writing. It’s difficult for people to build the discipline to write when others would fall victim to temptation. But some do it.
Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, it can be difficult to accomplish. Writing requires ideas, thoughts, discipline, and action. A person needs to sit quietly, and let the mind be loud. Writing requires shutting off the sensory receptors and focusing on exploding onto a page, writing your heart out and bleeding ink. Writing is expression.
Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, not everyone writes. Not everyone can settle their thoughts enough to sit down and control them, put them onto a page. Writing is taming the monkey mind and putting it into words, putting it onto a page where the idea becomes still. Writing is life. Writing is love. Writing is expression.
Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, not everyone stays consistent. Writing takes repetition. Some write in sporadic moments. I remember a quote that went, “small menial task done everyday, if it is truly done everyday, will beat the efforts of a sporadic Hercules.” That means consistency beats raw talent any day. Kevin Durant said, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” His statement’s poetic and straightforward. Working hard beats talent. And if you got them both, then you’re a genius.
Writing takes practice. As simple as it is, I don’t take my own advice. But I am. I stopped talking and started performing. This is writing. I’m just getting words out and practicing and working my best to do what I need to do in order to be the person I want to be—wealthy and off on some island writing best sellers, articles, and running my blog. Writing is my expression. Writing is my passion.
Writing, like any other craft, takes practice. In order to become a writer, one must read and write voraciously. There’s no other way around it.