Probably everyone who starts writing wants to do it well: otherwise, why even bother?
However, it’s nearly impossible to start your writing career like a pro if you have no prior experience. Mistakes have to be made and lessons have to be learned.
However, this doesn’t mean that you are going to have the toughest start possible: it’ll be easier for you if you prepare well, do your research and learn what can help you become a successful writer.
When I started my writing career, I did my research well. I also questioned other writers a lot to make sure that writing is really my thing and to prepare myself for what is going to come.
I received many useful tips back then, but if I’d have to pick only three of them, I’d choose the following ones:
1. Always write Detailed Plans
It doesn’t matter if you are a criminal novelist or a blogger writing for fashion magazines: a plan is still necessary. It helps you to avoid getting stuck in a middle of a writing process: actually, it’s quite hard to get stuck if you know exactly what you’re going to write next.
Moreover, a plan can help you understand whether the whole idea of your writing piece is well-thought or not. If you write a novel, you need to be sure that every plot twist is revealed by an end of a story. If you write an article, you probably would like to ensure that you’ll cover all the important parts and mention all the necessary details. That’s what plans are good for.
Of course, it’s impossible to come up with an amazing plan right away. The bigger your piece of writing is, the larger and detailed a plan has to be. So if you want to write something really huge and stunning, take some time to think about a plan well.
Spend a day or two writing it, then come back to it to re-read and rewrite it, fixing all the things that seem strange to you. Show your plan to your friends, ask their opinion and maybe change something they consider strange. That’s how a good plan is born.
2. Read A Lot
Yes, you’ve probably heard that tip before, but this doesn’t mean it’s less important. Actually, it is one of the most important tips, as it’s impossible to develop a good writing style without reading tons of good literature. While a writer has to remain original, they also need to seek inspiration in someone else’s works.
Read a lot of books if you want to become a novelist. Read a lot of blogs and articles if you want to become a blogger. Notice the differences between writing genres and try to understand why these genres are different.
Remember some things that you like in someone else’s writing and try to use them in your own way, be it metaphors or plot twists. Of course, don’t copy blindly: this won’t do you any good.
3. Show off Your Work
A writer needs to learn and it’s hard to do without an audience. You need to find people that will help you make your writing better: they will point to mistakes, on bad metaphors, on things you forget to mention, and so on. You can find such people among your friends or start publishing your writing somewhere online. The only important thing here is to learn how to accept their criticism well.
It can be painful for a writer to realize that their writing looks bad. However, you have to embrace the fact that writing is a process and that you are still learning.
Maybe something in your writing seems off now, but as time passes, it’ll change. So try to listen to what critics say and keep searching for ways to improve your work.
I hope these tips will be useful to you. Good luck!