The most important thing to remember while venturing into writing is to own your writing craft.
Here are 30 things to do to own your writing craft.
- As a writer, you are unique. Remember that.
- You have a style and voice that is your own. Develop it.
- You won’t be perfect in the beginning. Accept it.
- No one is born a writer. You learn it on the job.
- Writing is a craft and can be learned.
- Every writer tries new techniques and style to narrate their story. Learn the one that you likes best.
- Don’t allow haters to get to you. Haters hate, creators create.
- There will be people who will try to pull you down using a multitude of tactics. Ignore them.
- Only you know what you are capable of, so stick to learning your craft until you master it.
- Learn from the masters. There are numerous books on writing. Use them wisely.
- Don’t restrict yourself to one genre. Experiment in other genres that you like to read.
- Your creativity is God’s gift to you. Using your creativity for the benefit of others is your gift back to God.
- Stop telling yourself,’ It is too late.’
- Don’t wait till you make enough money and retire, to indulge in your creative dreams.
- Never tell yourself that your dreams don’t matter.
- Stop terrorizing yourself by giving life to all your fears.
- If you are blocked, use the morning pages to get out of it.
- Go on Artist dates, pamper the artist in you by visiting places where you have been wishing to go since long.
- Unlearn the many negative habits that come in way of your creativity.
- Build a writing routine.
- Get rid of all your negative beliefs regarding writing. The top most among them are that writers are broke, unhappy or loners.
- Create a sense of your own identity as a writer in your mind. Don’t allow anyone to put labels on you.
- Take writing advice from people you trust, those who you know have your best interests at heart and are experts in the field.
- Identify the crazymakers in your life. Do you have someone in your life who takes over your life by dragging you into their own problems? Avoid them.
- Make the blank page your friend. No matter what, show up at the page every day and transform it.
- Pray for guidance before you begin a project.
- Meditate before you sit to write.
- Give yourself an easily attainable word count daily target. Whatever extra you write is a bonus for your hard work. Reward yourself.
- Choose a writing buddy who will encourage you and hold you accountable at every step of the way.
- Enjoy the process of creation. Fall in love with it.
During this A-Z April Challenge, I am exploring the A-Z journey of writing a Novel with examples from Literature.
The Letter of the day is O