There are several types of emails I get on a regular basis and one of those is the “I want to be a writer, where do I start?” variety.
As a published author, people assume I have discovered the lost scrolls of wisdom that contain the secrets of becoming a writer and that I will share this knowledge with everyone who asks.
Now, I didn’t find any scrolls in the back, dusty corner of the local library, but I do know the answer to this question and I give the same answer to every person who asks me.
If you want to be a writer, start writing.
Shocking I know, but truthful it is.
Sorry to get all Yoda on you, but it really is that simple and it applies to more than writing.
People want short cuts and get rich quick schemes to achieve their dreams. While those exist and a lucky few get to use them, the rest of us have to work hard to get what we desire.
If you want to do anything in the creative space, you’ve must create on a regular basis. You have to consume what other people are creating and then figure out what you want to create.
I would have never got to this point in my career without years of writing, taking pictures and speaking for little or no recognition. Yesterday, when I mentioned podcasting and someone asked me how I learned to do it, I giggled as I explained to them that I’ve been creating them since 2004.
No one is going to hand you the keys to your future. It is up to you to blaze the path and then walk down it.
Stop blaming others and look inside of yourself. If you really want to become something it is up to you to do it.
Now, go forth and make amazing things happen ok?