There comes a time in everyone’s life when we watch a movie that is so bad or read a book that sucks on an epic level, that we sit back and think to ourselves, “I could do better”. For this thought alone, we applaud you. Writing is not an easy gig. However, we would like to offer you some nuggets of advice to get you going so that you can get to work on your masterpiece of cinema and literary fiction.
This is an exceptionally overdone piece of advice but it doesn’t make it any less true. The only way to get good at writing is to write. It doesn’t matter what you write about, just start writing. One of the easiest places to start is with your day. Having a journal is great for your mental health but being able to create something interesting to read out of the mundane details of your day is pretty amazing. Also, slight side note, there are many historians who love to read diaries and journals, so even if these are for your eyes only right now, in 100 years some historian is going to be drooling over the details of your everyday life so make those words count.
Take a course
Writing every day is one thing, but you should have some basic skills on how to write properly. Spelling and grammar are necessary evils that you need to learn in order to make your writing career a profitable one. When it comes to writing, you should try and get your spelling and grammar right the first time because it can save you a lot of time when it comes to editing. And remember, time is money when you are writing. Taking some writing courses and reading writing books is a great way to bring your skills up to a professional level that will make people take notice of you and your work.
Have professional friends
If there is one thing that you need to know about writers, it is that they don’t tend to have writer friends. Professional writers have friends of other professions. There are many writers who have their nurse and doctor friends on speed dial for a midnight text message about what would happen if this *insert gross details here* happens. If you don’t have friends who can help you out with some of the finer details, books and the internet will be your friends. For body bits, you will need anatomy notes. For legal help, there are plenty of free legal websites that can point you in the right direction. Just remember to clear your search history afterward or you could end up looking like a serial killer.
Writing is a great creative pastime, and if you want to become a professional, then you will need to put the work in. It can be a tough journey, but if you follow these tips, you will get off to a great start. And be sure to let us know if you end up making that masterpiece we talked about.