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How to Become a Writer

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?

 

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  • July 31, 2012

    A much-needed kick in the pants. Thanks CC! 🙂
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  • July 31, 2012

    This seems obvious, and it is, but sometimes it’s so easy to lose sight of the process when you desire to create. We can wish for a magic solution all we want, but our own blood/sweat/tears are the only things that can get us there. Thanks, CC!

  • July 31, 2012

    I’m with Kip! Just what I needed today–thanks CC!

    • July 31, 2012

      I love that my little morning jolts are helping others. That makes MY morning so thank you for letting me know.

  • August 3, 2012

    Love this. I saw the headline and was ready to be upset about the answer. It really is that simple. Want to be a writer? Start writing.

    • August 3, 2012

      *laugh* Well I’m glad to hear you agreed with the answer.

      Sure, there are a lot more steps to evolving from a writer to a published author, but I wanted to focus on the simple first step that so many people seem afraid or unwilling to do and that is to start writing and keep on doing it as often as possible.

  • August 6, 2012

    Thanks for the nudge, CC. Indeed – write! Although I need to learn to read more in the space I’m writing too. Thanks for the reminder to just get out there and write.

    • August 6, 2012

      And of course this goes BEYOND just writing. Can be applied to anything you want to do. Just get out and start doing it.


  • by Scott G.
    August 12, 2012

    Thanks for this! There is no magic path–just write!


  • by mahmoud osama
    December 1, 2012

    thank you too much for this amazing article you know i want to be a writer like it’s my job for living wake up to do it i’m 18 will be 19 soon and don’t laugh but since 5 or 6 and i adore this thing and every time i say after school and then after high school and now i say after college and work with dad and work in ice cream from time to other and afraid to end without achieving my dream or trying to but i don’t know what’s wrong with me

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C.C. Chapman

Bio

Sketch of C.C. Chapman by Hey Instigator!There are many aspects OF who I am and what I do. Putting together THIS PAGE is one of my least favorite things to write, because talking about myself is not my idea of a fun time.

When asked what I do my current answer is, “I create, teach and motivate people to do more good in the world.”

Of course, that doesn’t cover all that I work on professionally and personally, so that is why I created this page.

Official bios and head shots can be found below.

Who is C.C. Chapman? I’m a…

Marketing Consultant

With over twenty years of marketing, online media and community building experience I have the skills and experience to help your organization no matter the size. Previous clients have included The Coca-Cola Company, American Eagle Outfitters and HBO.

I focus on social good/impact marketing, content marketing and brand strategy. My favorite clients are NGOs, nonprofits or brands looking to make a difference in the world.

Feel free to double check my credentials on LinkedIn.

Writer

I’m constantly writing and always working on my next book. You may have read some of my published works including Amazing Things Will Happen, Content Rules or 101 Steps to Making Video Like a Pro.

Freelance writing or citizen reporting assignments excite me.

Photographer

If I had to choose a style, I’d say my photos are a mix of documentary, travel and lifestyle photography. While I may not enjoy taking head shots, I love to shoot faces. I rarely go anywhere without a camera in my hand and I’ve been fortunate to see my photos on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

I’m currently shooting with a Samsung NX1 and a Chroma 4k Drone.

My photos can be found on Instagram, Flickr and 500px.

Keynote Speaker

I’m happiest when on stage educating and inspiring an audience of any size, anywhere in the world.

I have spoken at everything from large international events, corporate retreats and at special gatherings of unique individuals. If you need someone who will inspire, educate and entertain your audience I’d love to chat.

Advocate & Volunteer

I believe in using my skills, time and voice to champion causes that are important to me. I’m especially interested in anything military, dogs or children focused.

I’m currently the President of the Board at Wediko, a member of the ONE Girls & Women Advisory Board, serve on the board of The Hockey Foundation and recently joined the No Kid Hungry Social Council.

Teacher

I’ve developed and taught courses for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and Treehouse. I’m also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University and hoping to do more teaching in the future.

 

On top of all that I’m a proud life long New Englander who was born and raised in New Hampshire, but now resides outside of Boston.

I married my high school sweetheart, have two amazing kids and love being a dad.

I’ve been online since 1989, began blogging in 2002 and podcasting in 2004.

Previous endeavors I created include Accident Hash, Passion Hit TV, Digital Dads and The Advance Guard.

Tattoos, travel and the outdoors turn me on. There are fewer things more perfect than a well done cocktail, a delicious meal or live art of any sort. I love my GORUCK, Field Notes and am a proud Misfit.

To understand me is to understand that I try to live a purposeful life every day that is full of adventure, love and making the world around me a better place for all.


Official Bio

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England raised storyteller, explorer and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one the nicest guy on the Internet. Over the years of his career he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is the co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules and is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. He travels the world speaking in front of  audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  C.C. has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (where he also graduated from).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family. Find out more at CC-Chapman.com

 

Fun Bio

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more multi-faceted or enthusiastic creative/strategic partner in the marketing and content creation fields. This greatly hails from C.C.’s unstoppable combination of marketing experience and savvy (which a great many professionals claim to have), and incalculably valuable “on the ground” knowledge and insight as an influential content creator himself (which a great many professionals do not). The result is a best-of-both-worlds mashup of marketing expertise.

C.C. Chapman sports the pro cred to be a talker (working closely with such clients as American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.), and the passion and gumption to be a doer (creating content for the emerging Online Dad market, marketing professionals, music fans and more). He’s helped create, manage and execute ambitious online and offline marketing campaigns for startups and multinationals — and has the invaluable good sense to know which outreach strategies work with audiences, and which ones fall flat.

He authoritatively speaks your language. He speaks your CMO’s language. Most important, he’s fluent in your market’s language. It’s a killer double-chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination. Contact C.C. to learn how he can help your organization achieve its business goals. There’s even more to know about C.C. Chapman, if you want to read it — and you should. C.C.’s skills are an embarrassment of riches.

 

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DISCLOSURES

I’m involved with a lot of organizations and clients. I believe in being completely transparent and open about everything I’m working on. I’ll do my best to keep this updated and of course will clearly disclose relationships in any post that require them.

I am open to being pitched and invited on press trips.

Companies do send me items in the hopes that I will review it or share with my community. If you send me something it does not guarantee a review.

With that in mind, my mailing address is:

9 C Medway Road #117
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Current relationships include:

  • Verizon FiOS provides me with service in exchange for a monthly post on technology of my choosing
  • Member of the Verizon Wireless VZWBuzz Influencer Team which means I receive electronics to review and experiences to take part in.

 

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