What It Takes to Be A Good Writer

Friday September 6, 2019
Alexandra Kinias

fullsizeoutput_5bc6“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King

You can’t become a better athlete or musician or whatever you want to become better at without practicing.

Same goes for writing. You can’t become a better writer without reading and writing.

The first two important lessons to better writer is:

1- Read, Read, Read

2- Write, Write, Write

I had no formal education in writing. In fact, before I became a writer I was a mechanical engineer. I had never written anything longer than high school essays, and barely passed them. I wrote laws, theories and equations, with letters, symbols and numbers, and that was about it.

Writing was not something I envisioned my self-doing, or having as a career, per se, But I was and still am a bookworm.

I love books.

I love reading books, buying books, carrying books, smelling books.

Set me free in a book store or a library and I am one step away from heaven. Eternal Paradise would be having my own bookstore.

In addition to reading, I also love movies.

I don’t just watch movies. I study every single detail of them. I can watch six movies back to back without getting tired or bored. Believe me, I do that when I am on long flights.

The more I immersed myself in stories, reading or watching them, the more they fascinated me.

What intrigued me more than the stories was the process of creating them. Putting words together to create stories in a book or on a screen (before a movie became a movie it was a screenplay)  is nothing less than magic.

Reading was the key that opened the gate for me to peek inside the Magical Kingdom of Writing.

But I wanted more than to look inside.

I wanted to become a magician,  create my own magic world.

I studied writing, fiction and screenplay writing, but more important than learning the craft was practicing it, every day – And I mean Every Single Day.

To become a writer is like having school homework every day for the rest of your life.

It doesn’t matter how long you write.

You just have to do it.

Even on days you don’t feel like it, sit and write; for fifteen or twenty minutes. Write about anything. Write about why you don’t feel like writing. Just write.

The more you practice, the better you become.

Read, Read, Read
Write, Write, Write

If you want to become a better writer, you have to follow the King’s advice [Yeah, Stephen King’s]. There is no other way around it.

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