Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I’ve been actively blogging for the last few years and it just occurred to me that being a writer is about writing, just like being a photographer is about making photographs and being a painter is about painting. You just have to do it!
There is no magic formula for being a writer. Sure you need to have something to say – a story to tell, and do it in a clear manner that communicates effectively to your readers. With that said, the digital age has empowered us all to tell our stories and share our thoughts on any subject under the sun. You just have to build an audience. Find people that are interested in the same things you are – develop a community of followers that are interested in what you have to say. This takes time and persistence, but it can be done over time. You just have to have the discipline to get it down on paper (I always write my posts by hand in a journal before typing them) and then fine tune, revise, illustrate and revise again before posting online (blurb, facebook, wordpress) for the world to see.
Sure there are great and successful “published” writers out there who have agents, publishers and make serious money writing. Luckily now anyone with a passion to write can share their stories with others without having agents and publishers. Who knows…that may come with time and persistence, however I don’t write to make money. I write because I love to write just like I love to make photographs.
You can’t be afraid of what others are going to say about your writing. Sure…if you post your work online you are opening yourself up to feedback and criticism, but that is how we grow and learn as writers.
What is your story? What are you passionate about? What do you want to explore and investigate in your writing? What do you want to learn more about? What hidden gems from your childhood can you mold into a great and engaging story?
There is so much to write about! You just have to be willing to sit down in a quiet place and let the story unfold in your minds eye and get it down on paper or keyed into the computer.
Don’t censor yourself when writing that first draft. Let the words pour out of you without regard for spelling, grammar and sentence structure. You can go back later and address the mechanics. First thing is to get it all down while it’s fresh in your mind. Once you get it down then revise, rewrite and revise some more. The more you revise (and practice) the tighter your story becomes until it is a polished little gem.
Writers write and READ! So take that first step and tell your story. Don’t be afraid. Here are some of mine from childhood memories.