So You Want To Be A Writer

Becoming a writer takes so much more than putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. You will have to endure tears, sweat, a large amount of stress induced by attempting to write which will lead to constant cravings for chocolate, and rude people who don’t believe in you.

I advise you to keep Jesper’s zemeni rifle near by to shoot a hole through their statements. But, play nice. You won’t be able to write your first novel in prison.*

To ease the pain for you, I have brought together 6 tips to help you on your writing journey. You can thank me by sending me a free copy of your book once you’re published.

I believe in you. Also, devouring your book would be ever so delicious so good luck.

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YA’LL SHOULD BE TAKING NOTES!
*Or, will you?

1. Have Faith In Yourself

You have so many story ideas inside your extremely stressed brain and all you want to do is let them out. So, what do you do? Write. That’s the first step.

Will it be easy? No. I know that you have school, family, and basically, just life to deal with and everything will try to stop you from writing.

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EVERY WRITER EVER!

But, will you stop? NO! You are capable and the saddest thing would be to let those ideas die.

Can you imagine how many beautiful words you can write with that idea? It could be a book, sitting on the shelf of a bookstore one day. People would review it on Goodreads or on their blogs.

PEOPLE COULD EVEN FANGIRL OVER IT! And, to be honest, that would be the greatest feeling ever. You could be someone’s favorite author, the person who wrote something that enchanted them and inspired them to begin their writing careers. The person who represented them and showed them that they were also important.

But, none of that will happen if you don’t believe in yourself.

Yes, people will tell you you can’t make it. You will get writers block and it will feel like that’ll be the end of your writing. You will have moments in your life when things get out of control and you want to give up.

But, as long as you love that gorgeous idea inside your head, you will be able to continue on. In the end, it’s not only the world that deserves your story, but you. You need to see that you can do it. That you have potential and your words are magic, so delightful and heartwarming. Or emotional and heartbreaking. You’re the captain and you can steer that ship of yours wherever you choose.

Don’t you see? You can achieve so much when you believe in yourself.

2. Write Something You Love

Most often, you will discover what you love to write from what you love to read. When I first started writing on Wattpad, I used to write about people who could fly ( inspired by Maximum Ride), girls named Annabeth Burn (inspired by Rick Riorden’s Annabeth Chase) and badboys (ok, so this one was just an embarrassing trend on Wattpad and I followed along).

THIS IS A GOOD THING! You’ll be more inspired and it’s definitely a great sign if you read something and you love it. It just makes sense that you’d want to write something similar as well.

When you write what you love, it’ll be a little less hard. Or, maybe it’ll be the hardest thing ever because you are writing something you love and you have to make it PERFECT.

On this writing journey, you’ll have to learn that imperfection can be perfection.

I still write what I love to read. I read Six of Crows in 2016 and over winter break, my entire story idea changed from Dystopian to Fantasy. I read Crooked Kingdomย  in 2017 and reread Six of Crows during Nanowrimo to inspire me to keep writing. Now, I’m currently working on that same story, but I’ve fit in a heist. Sue me, but I’m in love with the whole heist idea and can’t get it out of my head.

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LOVE IS IMPORTANT IN THE WRITING PROCESS, GUYS!

3. Participate In Nanowrimo

So, umm, something magical happened in 2017: I WROTE THE MOST WORDS I EVER WROTE IN MY LIFE. I did Nanowrimo in November, almost died of sleep deprivation (because writing is more important than sleep, of course ), and wrote 50, 026 WORDS.

I WAS SO DARN PROUD OF MYSELF, MAN!! I rewarded myself by devouring an intense amount of mint and chocolate chip ice cream and Nutella and sleeping for a full night.

The forums are amazing and the encouragement that you’ll find there is beyond amazing. I wrote on the Young Writers Program, being 16 and all, and TRUST ME, YOU WILL MEET THE MOST AWESOME WRITING BUDDIES OF EVER. Go sign up right now!!

We pushed each other on, spent tons of time talking about books, and IT WAS A BREAK FROM THE WRITING. Because, eventually, you’ll start to hit writers block and you’ll get behind. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL KEEP YOU GOING! You can’t do it all alone and that’s what I learned this Nano.

Having such an amazing community will definitely pump you up to write more and you will feel so proud of yourself at the end of it, whether you “win” or not BECAUSE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE IS THE GREATEST THING!

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WHEN YOU’RE ON ONE SIDE OF THE COMPUTER DOING THIS,
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YOU’LL KNOW THERE’S SOMEONE ON THE OTHER SIDE DOING THIS. IT’S SO COMFORTING!

4. Read More

So, me mentioning that books inspired me with my writing totally WASN’T an accident. I started out as a reader and worked my way up to become a crazy, writer lady, cackling to herself in front of the computer in the living room past midnight.

READ AND READ AND READ AND READ. Devour as many books as you can. Devour books that you love. Dystopian books! Historical books! FANTASY BOOKS! Good for your writer brain, I know this from experience.

Reading is good for you and will turn you into a deranged, potato that constantly flails in public for no reason and talks about people who don’t exist. DEFINITELY A REASON WHY YOU SHOULD READ! Don’t let the haters get you down! Flail as much as you please!

Lately, I’ve been suffering from writers block. But, yesterday I started reading The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill* and I got all the story ideas for my work in progress.

DO YOU KNOW HOW GREAT THAT FELT? I haven’t written anything related to my book in 3 days and one day of reading got my BRAND, NEW IDEAS.

*So, I forgot that I wrote this post about a week and a half ago and just found it again today. I already finished reading The Girl Who Drank The Moon last week.

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5. Communicate With Other Writers

The reason the forums on Nanowrimo were so good for me was because I was writing alongside with other teenage writers. I usually write by myself because I’m the only writer in my family. The support my family gives me is amazing, but it’s still not enough to understand why I sleep with my sketchbook next to me to write down ideas in the middle of the night.

Whether you use the Adult Nanowrimo or the Young Writers Program, you’ll find someone to talk to you during the Nano month or outside of it. You can sign up for Camp Nano during April and July.

JOIN ME BECAUSE IN THREE MONTHS I’LL BE REWRITING MY DRAFT FROM NOVEMBER!!

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6. Take Breaks

And, last but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST, take breaks. You deserve them.

You don’t want to tire out your beautiful brain. Writer burnout is awful and you don’t need it to bring you down.

Go out with your family once in a while. Do that thing you’ve been procrastinating on. READ A BOOK. Do something dangerous and slightly illegal. Go for a walk.

It’s ridicilous to say this now after all the times I’ve told you to write and write and write, but it’s true. You need a time-out sometimes.

Also, taking breaks could inspire you to be better with your writing once you come back. I TOLD YOU THAT DOING SOMETHING SLIGHTLY ILLEGAL COULD INSPIRE YOU. That’s why your character is engaging in rebellion.

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CHAT WITH ME!

SO, WHAT’S YOUR WRITING HACK? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU DO TO GET YOU TO START WRITING? ARE THERE ANY RITUALS YOU HAVE?? HAVE YOU EVER DONE NANOWRIMO? WHAT DO YOU LIKE WRITING AND HOW MUCH HAVE YOU WRITTEN?

30 thoughts on “So You Want To Be A Writer

    1. Thank you!! I hope you benefitted from these tips ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know, right?? I’m currently working on something that excites and terrifies me and I’m not sure if it’ll ever get published at the rate I’m writing it at. Are you going to do Camp Nanowrimo in April?? I’m doing it and we can buddy write, if you’d like ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Cool and yup I am still in the drafting stage. Coming to think of it I don’t know if I can write a book. I was writing it for Wattpad but I don’t know what I’ll do next.

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  1. Great tips! I’m TOTALLY there with you on the NaNo forums as well! Every year I’m sucked into the forums and all of the amazing support and positive vibes. I think it’s a fantastic resource for literally anyone wanting to give writing a novel a go.

    And congrats on hitting 50k! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This was so great??!!?!(!!?!,!(&:&/ I didnโ€™t know that you wrote?? And omg THAT NANO!! Omg congrats on winning at nano!!! I was going. To participate but I had mock exams in November so I didnโ€™t want to ~overly~ stress out BUT I WODH I COULD HAVE, I then started a WIP in December and was gonna try so hard to write this January… but I just sort of… forgot it? BUT THIS POST!!!! Itโ€™s totally made me want to write again!!!!!! These were such great tips!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing them ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Thanks!! Nano was a blast!! I’m so glad I had some free time in November to write. Well, really, I had no free time at all, but I just stayed up all night xD I have a whole post about my Nano that I made a few weeks ago where I talk about my WIP. I had super red eyes because of the sleepless nights. It was fantastic, indeed lol

      DUUUUUUUDE, WE CAN BUDDY WRITE FOR CAMP NANO!! If we keep up with each other on how the drafting is going throughout the few months left, we can write together in April. Aditi at Dreamy Reads and I are already planning to do that and you can totally join us!!!!

      BTW, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WIP!! If you’d be willing to share, that is ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. IT WAS DEFINITELY MORE THAN WORTH IT โ™ฅ

        Camp Nanowrimo takes place in April and July but it’s on a different site. You can get into cabins with other people and you can chat with people in your cabins. This is the first time I’ll be doing it full time so I don’t know that much, but I’m super excited. I used my adult nanowrimo username and password to log onto the camp nano website.

        DM AWAY!! I also want to send you some of my WIP?? If you have time???

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    1. I think everyone sucks at writing at first, but we all just get better with a little (or a whole lot) of practice. Writing isn’t something that ever comes easy to anyone.

      NaNoWriMo is AWESOME!! I mean, I suffered sleepless nights and red eyes, but the feeling of winning is just unexplainable. I’ll try to do it for as long as I can. Despite how hard it is, it really is fun, especially because of the people

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      1. I didn’t finish mine either but I learned so much more about my characters and their world. I fell in love with my story again โ™ฅ

        My story is basically 4 teenagers in different terrible circumstances, where one is losing his mind, another is losing her family, another losing her humanity, and another losing his people. It’s emotional testing and insane, but I wanted to see what just how much it takes to overcome extreme obstacles and hardships.

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  3. As a writer/author, I 100% agree with everything here! Especially the having faith in yourself one. So, so important. The publishing industry is full of trials, and the one thing that a writer NEEDS to remain constant with is having faith in themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. As a new writer who struggles with finding time to write other than in Nanowrimo, I see low self esteem in my own writing whenever I can’t find a good writing “moment”. Having confidence in my writing is hard, but I definitely won’t stop because it’s amazing what I can do when I keep at it. Thanks for the comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. These are some awesome tips, Han! โค At one point, as a pre-teen, I wanted SO BAD to be an author, and to finish an entire novel. After a couple of attempts (I usually reached until chapter 5 before giving up), I realized that a) it either isn't for me, or b) it's just not my TIME yet, if that makes any sense. Maybe I'll be a writer as an adult, but not now. ๐Ÿ™‚ SOOOO awesome seeing aspiring authors, though. And tip #1 is pretty much the best advice you can give. โค

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Thank you! โ™ฅ

      I also hover around 4 or 5 chapters and then I give up.

      I know that it sometimes feels like you’ll never make it or that writing just isn’t for you, but I think having that mindset kinda puts us writers in a bad spot because not only do we see reaching our passion as hopeless, but we just push it back and back. I feel the same way right now, with school, stress, and just general life in the way. I need to write a novella in a month, but I’m terrified of how terrible it will be and how hard it will be to put actual words on paper.

      It takes time. It takes patience. And, it takes a whole lot of chocolate (or yummy foods in general). I hope we all find our inner fire for writing, whether it’s now or in several years โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

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