To Be a Writer, You Only Need to Do Two Things
Why did you first have the idea to become a writer? I could be wrong, but it was probably because you read a book that touched you so deeply, that pierced you to your core, that you thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to inspire this feeling in others?”
In other words, you first dreamed of becoming a writer not to get famous, not to become a New York Times bestseller, not so you could tell people at parties, “I’m an author. Aren’t I amazing?”
No, you first dreamed of becoming a writer to create a deep connection. You wanted another person to know how you felt. You wanted to change someone’s life.
5 Lies Distracting You From Your Purpose
But as you thought more about becoming a writer, and as you talked about your dream with others, doubts arose:
- Skepticism: How are you going to make a living at writing?
- Vanity: What if writing could make you famous?
- Pride: I’m a much better writer than Stephenie Meyer?
- Fear: But what if I’m rejected?
- Doubt: No one is going to read my writing anyway. What’s the point.
Slowly, that original desire became distorted until you actually believe your main goal was just to be a bestselling author, when in reality, you wanted so much more. You wanted to change the world.
Two Things You Need to Do to Connect
It’s time to rediscover your dream. Now is the time to remember that you really just want to know and to be known.
And to do that, you don’t need a publisher or a blog with thousands of visitors or even a book. You only need two things:
1. Write your story.
2. Share your story with the world.
Make More Art
I asked Seth Godin what the single most important thing you can do to become a successful writer.
Seth said, write another story. “And the second most important thing is to share it.”
That’s it. You don’t need a plan. You don’t need to know anything about marketing. You just need to write a good story (not a perfect one) and share it.
In a few weeks, we will be launching the Story Cartel Community, a course to help you share your story with the world and create the deep connections that you dreamed about when you first wanted to become a writer.
When did you first want to become a writer?
Think about the moment you first wanted to be a writer. For me, I was in my room reading a book by Charles Dickens ( A Tale of Two Cities, I believe).
Then, free write, letting that pure energy pervade your writing.
Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments section.