Writing is the most easiest and toughest activity to do. Put a label of job on it and be prepared to starve. Why…you may ask. Because everyone is supposedly a writer.
Anyone can scribble some text on a notepad. We all do micro-blogging anyway on our favorite social media websites.
Okay…okay…you want to be a writer, a good writer and get something out from your writing. Let me help you with a vision on what to expect when you write for 1 year.
This will serve as a bummer to many, eye-opener to some and motivate few.
Your Writing SUCKS in the beginning…
Accept it, write it down and swallow the fact. You, I and everyone else start somewhere. There is no magical transition which happens. Even if it does, it takes time.
When I started writing, I basically wrote rants of my breakup stories, commented on some news. My best writing was basically 100 words and I patted on my back for that.
No clue…where I was heading.
Reading Opens Mind…
I had no idea of the concept of blog. I landed on few and was shocked to see the length of article, the depth and structure.
It didn’t resonated with me at that time.
I needed to improve my writing as supposedly my 100 words rant was not doing any good to me. The only way to learn how to do it was to read. It opened my wind to different types of content, writing discipline and some amazing folks.
If you aren’t reading enough blog posts each day, then you are missing out on many learning opportunities.
Pushing The Limit…
Writing is about quantity and quality. We want juicy, awesome and thought provoking articles. We also want them to be meaty so it contains every aspect of it.
I needed to test my limits and grow as a writer.
Practicing each day, I pushed myself to write 500 then 1000 and then 3000 words post. It is not only about length. It is about pushing the mental barrier. We think we can’t write that much.
Try and keep trying.
You Will Fail…
Yes, when you write compelling content (when you think so), you won’t immediately attract the readers. You need to go out and spread the word. Collaborate, interviews, commenting, social interaction and anything you can think of to outreach.
You don’t want to write the most amazing content and then no one to read. Failure is expected. Don’t make it stick for longer time though.
Each day will challenge you. Don’t stop, don’t worry about the income aspect. Just focus on the craft of writing. You will grow.
This is the most crucial advice you will read (hear) when it comes to any craft. If you stop, you stale. You need to re-inventing yourself. You need to keep learning. You need to keep delivering.
1 year down the line, you will have improved a lot. Put in the work day in and day out. Your success is within your reach. You need to keep shipping the work.
I have grown tremendously as a writer. (when compared to my previous writings). There is still a huge learning curve ahead.
Whatever your goals be with your writing, remember you can do it. I believe you. Good luck.