I started blogging in 2009. So far, I have authored two books. (They’re Islamic stuff, guys J.) Often a time, I have to answer that one question, and it goes like, “I wish/want to become a writer. But I have no idea how or where to start.”
Perhaps, you too might have had the same thoughts before. Worry no more. This article gives you the basic ABCDEFG for you to start writing tomorrow, and confidently call yourself a WRITER a month later. Once you can call yourself a writer, you won’t have to hesitate to introducing yourself as a Writer.
Before I lay out the 7 steps to help you become a writer, I would like to ask you this question: Why should you be a Writer? And that is the first step.
A: Why Should You Become a Writer?
Honestly, I don’t know why you should become a writer. But certainly, I know why I chose to become a writer.
There must be an objective or more which you want to achieve by becoming a writer. For instance, personally, I chose to become a writer because I believe it’s through writing that I can accomplish my mission in life. And that is to help people transform their lives, by setting the proper life goals, living happy life as Muslims, and being productive Muslims and assets for their nations.
Here, becoming a writer has to have some connections with your whole mission and purpose in life. Thus, your objective to become a writer must be noble. And for good. This way, becoming a writer will emerge to be part of you and your lifestyle. And that enhances your success in achieving your mission and purpose in life.
This is the first foundation (step 1/A) of becoming a writer. Then comes the point for you to decide.
B: You Must Decide to Become a Writer
Once you are clear on why you want to become a writer, it’s time for you to make the decision to become a writer.
In other words, you can’t be a writer when your focus is to become a chef. Unless you want to combine both professions (or hobbies, if you want to call it). A chef may have the potential of writing well. He may even be more persuasive than a professional writer, but he’s a chef who spends most of his time cooking. That’s what he’s decided to do.
If you want to become a writer, you should decide you want to become one. And then start to act as a writer. Not like a writer.
C: Act as a Writer. Not Like a Writer
The next thing you must do once you’ve decided to become a writer is to behave and act as a writer. Not like a writer. The one who acts as a writer lives writing. He puts his express in writing. And he’s not pretentious about that.
On the contrary, if you want to behave like a writer, then you have the tendency of impersonating other writers. You won’t be real.
You should have writing tools at your reach, at any point of time. These tools can be traditional. They can also be digital. In fact, they can be both.
Have a pen and a small notebook with you at all times. Digitally, learn how to make use of the default notes app in your smartphone efficiently. This way, you’re able to keep your ideas in a safe place and under your control. These ideas will enable you to write the minimum of 300 words of article drafts a day.
D: Have a Minimum of 300 Words in Drafts a Day
Based on the ideas you’ve penned down in your notebook or notes app, you have the advantage of making use of them as the basing to your minimum of 300 words a day.
300 is the minimum amount of words recommended for a WordPress post. This means, you can publish a post of only 300 words in your blog or website. But, I’m sure once you have 300 words written, it will grow to 500 by the time you finish editing it for publishing.
Start with 300 words. It may seem little, but it’s promising and achievable. Learn to increase to the minimum of 500 as your passion grows. It’s easy to come up with the draft if you already have your ideas penned down in your notebook or notes app.
Write words about something you’re passionate about. Keep it for the next day and go through again… You’ll find the need to do some corrections to it… By the time you realize, you have 500 words. And that’s already an article.
E: Write About Something You’re Passionate About
If you like food, write about food. Write about the different restaurants you have tried in your city or country or the different countries you’ve visited. Write reviews on restaurants that cater for healthy choices in your locality. Recommend restaurants that possess genuine halal certificates. You’re writing about food because you’re raising awareness on the importance of mindfulness about what we eat. Isn’t it?
If you like reading books, write about books. Share with your readers the books that have made a lot of difference in your life. Tell them about the harm of reading ghost stories. Tell them why reading should be preferred over playing computer games or even Pokemon GO. This is because, you believe people are reading less nowadays, and something should be done about it. Therefore, you’ve decided to take the challenge for raising that awareness.
If you are passionate about the current situation of your community or society, tell those around you what you think, and suggest possible solutions to the problems you observe, should there be any. Just ensure you don’t promote violence or disobedience knowingly.
This means, every writer has his niche area of writing. He has problems in mind, for which he’s providing solutions or inspirations. That niche areas are determined by your passion.
Moreover, we have the tendency of thinking and reading about things we are passionate about. Thus, we can easily persuade others about them. We can also invite others to look at them from our perspectives which they might have missed.
Whether in your notebook, or you save it on your computer or even on your smartphone, you have to share it with others. Therefore, consider blogging.
F: Start Blogging
Blogging is one of the most effective ways to tap on your writing skills. It ensures your 300 or 500 words of write-ups see the light. It doesn’t remain in your notebook or computer for you alone.
This means, it’s unlikely that you’ll leave it in a draft format if it’s going online. That’s how you’ll learn to polish your write-ups and grow.
I started blogging on the free hosting WordPress.com and grew to where I am today (check GSlalam.Net). Thus, I can comfortably suggest WordPress.com for your consideration. However, you have the option to go for Blogger (from Google), Typepad.com (Seth Godin uses this), Weebly and others.
You may have the phobia of making your thoughts heard. Don’t worry. Most successful writers you might have known started that way. They killed such worries because they started, and made their ideas and thoughts public. Most importantly, ensure you write for your readers and fans, not for your teachers and competitors.
G: Write for your Readers and Fans. Not for Your Teachers and Competitors
Write for your readers or for whom you can consider as your fans. Don’t write for your teachers and possible competitors.
Your readers and fans learn from you. Knowinlgy and unknowingly. Consciously nad subconsciously. When you write for those who learn from you, you give the best of what’s worth sharing. You share with confidence. You’re not afraid of making mistakes. Above all this, you are yourself. You use your own voice. And you are real. These factors will motivate you and keep you writing.
However, when you write for your teachers and competitors, you take the risk of raising your expectation to the unnecessary level. You may not be able to be yourself. When you are not yourself, you fake! And that will affect the quality and impact of your write-ups. Any small demotivating factor can kill your interests for writing.
Your teachers and competitors remain important to you, though. Continue learning from them, for they will always have something for you learn from.
To Sum Up
To sum up, the motivating quote that keeps me writing goes like this:
This means, we should make it exist in reality. Therefore, to become a writer, you have to be writing. Keep this in mind, and you’ll emerge as a writer in no time.
- Define the reason why you want to become a writer
- Decide you want to become a writer.
- Act as a writer. Not like a Writer.
- Have a minimum of 300 words in drafts a day (this will grow gradually).
- Write about something you’re passionate about.
- Start blogging, to allow your ideas and thoughts see the light.
- Write for your readers, and fans. Not for your teachers and competitors.
You can be a writer. But you have to make the decision to become one. Have you decided to become a writer? Please join the discussion on Facebook, or message me on Twitter. To receive monthly updates from 1BabaSalam delivered to your inbox, please click here.