How to Be a Writer

by Laura Michelle Thomas

 

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway

Until I stumbled upon this quote by one of my favourite authors, I never thought of writing a book or a poem or an article as a painful process, so painful that it feels like you are bleeding from an open wound. But, in my experience teaching authors of all ages, I have seen hints of this sentiment in bewildered looks and despairing comments like, “I just can’t think of anything to write!”

For some, even for the great Hemingway (assuming he wasn’t just being a drama queen the day he wrote those words), it seems the process of going from an idea to a publishable piece of writing can be excruciating. While I can’t tell you how to write or how to be a writer, I can share with you some blood and pain free thoughts about writing and being a writer.

Here are three…

Once you get an idea, send your inner critic on vacation. Tell him or her to come back when you’re on your second draft. Say yes to everything before then. Be free. Have fun with the creative process.

Understand that you don’t have to write novels to be a bona fide, employed, happy writer with a great career. Especially in the online world which is all about optimizing key word searches, you can make good money as a wordsmith who can proudly and honestly say, “I am a writer.”

When you don’t feel like writing, don’t. Go outside, get some exercise, watch TV, or do whatever you like to relax and feel refreshed. Trust me, if you really are a writer in your soul, those moments of recreation will pay huge dividends when the muse calls you back to the typewriter.

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Laura Michelle Thomas

About Laura Michelle Thomas

Laura Michelle Thomas is a novelist, freelance writer, writing mentor, and the owner of Laura Thomas Communications. She is the creator and administrator of the Junior Authors Contests and Junior Authors Conferences. Laura is publisher and senior editor of jaBlog! and is dedicated to fostering the development of young writers worldwide.

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