Speech To Becoming A Writer

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PREFACE

Almost any person at any age can become a writer if they are willing to work hard. You, no doubt, have many questions that concern a career in writing nonfiction or fiction books, profiting as a freelance writer or working at online content mills or work-for-hire companies. While, not all of your questions are answered here, this is a starting place to help you find your way, clarify your writing goals and give you a better understanding of what it means to write for either part-time income or a full-time living. As any aspirant may already know, writing is an intrinsically complex process that requires years of study and practice. What is more important, you never stop learning new things about the language or the mechanics of good
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For many of you just starting out or for those of you that have not made up your minds yet, you will find some answers on becoming a writer.

INTRODUCTION

If you are thinking of launching a career as a writer, a basic premise might help get you started, which is that your entry into the world of writing will be frustrating at first, accompanied by self-doubt, writer 's block, anxiety and seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome and deadlines to meet. But whether it is nonfiction, fiction, creative nonfiction or commercial writing, it is your responsibility to work through any struggle until you succeed. Even when at first you do not know how, you can handle any writing challenge with discipline, commitment and determination.

Getting Started
How does one start writing seriously? Although the primary goal for any writer is to offer something of value to readers, bear in mind that you are the first reader and should write for yourself, first. After all, what is the point of creating a book that you do not enjoy writing and thus would not want to read. Such a book could not possibly have any passion or emotional impact on anyone at
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For instance, suppose you have decided to write a romance novel, what would you expect to feel about the story, your character’s and their lifestyle or life choices? Wouldn’t you want to cheer when they achieved their goals or be saddened if they failed? Your readers also want their emotions stirred. Involvement in your story doesn’t happen immediately, mind you, but gradually as your characters grow and your story develops. Only then will you experience their lives and their problems as real, but this only happens when you write first for yourself.
Next, come up with an original idea or a new way of telling an old one. Believe in the idea and develop it. To develop an idea, think seriously about what you want to say, what you want to express and what you want readers to take away from the experience. Think this through before you start to write.

In the event you find it difficult to formulate workable ideas, simply brainstorm and then choose the best idea that you can come up with. It should be one that motivates you enough to start and finish a full-length book of approximately 80,000 words (more or less) depending on the type of book you wish to write. Not all books require the same word count. Nonfiction books often require even

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