I often see people posting questions on Social Media concerning writing advice. It seems everybody has their own idea of what it takes to be an author, but one thing I feel is missing is the act of writing itself. And by writing, I don’t mean research, I mean actually putting words down on paper, or a computer, or a phone etc.
You wouldn’t expect a person who has never played hockey to become an NHL star or an inexperienced driver to become a NASCAR champion. At a fundamental level, you can’t call yourself a writer if you don’t write.
I’m not saying you will produce a masterpiece the first time out, but everyone has to start somewhere. Write for the joy of it, or write to get ideas down. It doesn’t matter if you write poetry, short stories, or multi-book series; write what you’ve always wanted to write.
Nothing says your words have to be permanent, and in this age of digital publishing, anything can be edited later, providing there’s something to edit.
So write, and perhaps someday you’ll find what makes you proud to call yourself an author.
Until next time,
Paul Bennett, Writer of Epic Fantasy Adventures.