How to Become A Writer in 4 Easy Steps!


1. Know how to read.
2. Know how to write.

(The best part is that if you’re reading this now, that means you’ve got at LEAST step one completed.)

3. Get a piece of paper, and a pencil.  You don’t need complicated, expensive software. That’s all you need.

4. DO IT. 

Seems too simple, doesn’t it? Guess what, I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

IT IS THAT EASY. 

Everything else that you need to know, you will learn through practice, trial and error, and a little bit of research every now and again. But the very first thing you need to do? Commit yourself to it. If you truly, TRULY want to write? There is nothing in this world, no force on Earth, that will hold you back.

Take it. It’s yours.

-Oliver

12 comments

  1. So true! All though, I find that slitting your wrists and bleeding onto the page helps. But that’s a bit morbid. The easiest things are sometimes the most difficult though, you know?

    1. Yes. It is the difficult things in life, that define who and what we are. I’ll let you in on a little secret:

      I’m afraid, too.

      But, I can be afraid, and do nothing… or give it my all, and say “I might have failed, but I failed in a glorious fashion.”

      That means more to me than never acting.

  2. Following exactly this advice is what has me finished with Rabbit In the Road, and already pumped about the next (top secret) project. It REALLY is this simple. If you really want it, then this is all the advice you need.

    1. The best part? Doubt and insecurity don’t preclude good work. You can still write with doubt. You can still write with insecurity. It’s a choice to let them stop you. If you’re passionate about something, nothing can stop you.

    2. C.B.?

      I believe in you.

      Go do it. What’s the worst that can happen? Are you going to be out of house and home? Will it change the way you live forever if you aren’t immediately successful? Are there real, legit, and quite dangerous consequences?

      If you can’t answer yes to any of those questions, go and fly. Flap your wings. No baby bird learns how to fly without scraping his chin on the ground a few times.

      Eventually, that fledgling little bird becomes an eagle at some point.

      Food for thought.

        1. Oh my goodness, Patricia. You made my day. Oliver showed it to me this morning as I was getting ready for work. I was on cloud nine.

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