During the past year or so, I’ve made some distinguishable efforts to prioritize my writing. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child, but I never put the proper effort in to make that happen.
Over the past while, however, I’ve made changes that have made me start thinking of myself as a real writer.
If you’re someone who wants to start writing, here are some ways to make it happen.
Set aside time to write and guard that time.
Pick a very specific time to write. Saying “I’m going to write twice a week,” and ending there isn’t good enough. You need to get specific and choose something like 8:00 am for 30 minutes, or during the kids’ naptime.
Once you’ve figured out your writing time, don’t let something else take over that time. This might mean you need to let your friends or family know ahead of time – “Hey this is my writing time. Barring any life-threatening emergencies, I am only writing during this time. I am not available to hang out, answer your questions, etc…”
This might be really difficult, especially for the people-pleasers out there (I feel you!). Making your intentions clear ahead of time with the people around you can help.
Invest in your writing education.
This might look like taking a class at your community centre. Maybe you sign up for an online course. Perhaps you subscribe to a writers’ membership group. Investing in your writing means you’re making it a priority. Of course, it isn’t mandatory for you to spend money on writing, especially if it’s a hobby. For me, however, purchasing online courses made my writing feel very real.
Create writing goals.
I love this one! Having a goal to work for give your writing purpose! You stop meandering listlessly and start working towards that goal.
Writing goals can be as simple as wanting to write for a certain period of time per week, and they can be as lofty as publishing a book.
Making my goals small and attainable make me excited to write even more. Some goals I set for myself are to edit 10 pages of my manuscript by the end of the week, or write just one scene over the next two days. Small, attainable, and motivating.
Who said “writers write?” Well, it’s true. You gotta walk the walk when it comes to writing. I guarantee that if you actually start writing, you’ll feel like a writer. How do you find the motivation to start writing? I have a guest post on the Well-Storied blog that gives some suggestions here.
Bonus: Look for places and ways to publish your writing.
This is by no means necessary for thinking of yourself as a writer, but it’s been working for me. There are lots of writers who write just for themselves or a close-circle of friends who have no intention of publishing. Power to you!
I’ve been taking steps to learn about publishing and getting paid for my writing (courses, to-do lists, goal-making) and it’s definitely making me take myself more seriously as a writer.
Whether you’re a hobby-writer, or hoping to make a career out of it, I wish you all the best in your writing. If you’re a writer, it doesn’t matter what other people say – you know it, and that’s enough.
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