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?”

To Become a Writer, Just Do These Two Things

Why We Become Writers

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 and distractions arose:

  1. Skepticism: How are you going to make a living as a writer?
  2. Vanity: could writing make you famous?
  3. Pride: I’m a much better writer than Stephenie Meyer? 
  4. Fear: But what if I’m rejected?
  5. Doubt: No one is going to read my writing anyway. What’s the point?

Slowly, that original desire became distorted until you can actually believe your main goal is just to be a bestselling author, when in reality, you want so much more. You want to change the world.

Two Things You Can Do Right Now to Become a Writer

It’s time to rediscover your dream to become a writer. Now is the time to remember what writing is really about for you.

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 to become a writer:

  1. Write your story.
  2. Share your story with the world.

It’s really that simple.

Become a Writer Today

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.

When did you first want to become a writer? Let me know in the comments.

PRACTICE

Imagine 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.

Have fun!