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:
- Skepticism: How are you going to make a living as a writer?
- Vanity: could writing 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 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:
- Write your story.
- 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.
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.