“You know, I’ve always wanted to be a brain surgeon.” This puzzles most people.
The message behind the humor is simple: If you want to write, then write. It worked for Stephen King. It works for me as well. Whether I’m successful at it or not is yet to be determined, but I’m already pleased at how my writing has developed from when I first began until now. ‘The master’ went on to say that, unlike brain surgery, the only way to learn to write is by writing.
There are other ways, too, in my humble opinion. Reading, for example, is a must as far as I’m concerned. Another way to improve your writing is by taking a writing course. My good friend, Rob Parnell (aka ‘the writing guru’), has many on-line writing courses catering to almost every genre of writing out there.
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But in the end, it all comes back to writing. As much as you read, and as many courses as you take, you still need to write in order to become a better writer. The question is, ‘why write?’ I think that is something that one is innately motivated to do. Painters paint pictures, musicians compose and play, actors act; writers write. Some people want to tell their story through dialogue or music, or maybe even via photography, and don’t feel the need to write it down; however, for others – it’s all they want to do. I’m one of those people. I want to write.
If you experience the same inclination and passion to write, the next question is, ‘what do you write about?’ When I asked that question of other writers, I was often told, ‘write what you know’. That’s a great place to start. It doesn’t have to be about yourself or your life story, but it might be based on your experiences, the town or country in which you live, or the issues you are dealing with in your life. If you don’t find anything inspirational in that, there’s always your imagination. Think about the things that got you excited as a child, whether it be adventure stories or superheroes, and go with that. Often, a great idea for a story can start with, ‘what if…?’ What would you do if civilization, as we know it, ended tomorrow? What if you and the person you desired most were the only survivors of a plane crash on a tropical island?