“How to be a Writer”

If I could strike out the title, I would. Every effing word of it. Excuse my language, let me explain.

Last night, I was looking for a workout to do, so that I could get my exercise in. If you’re fickle and like change in your daily routine, this website is best for you: it’s all free, there’s programs and different individual workouts, challenges, nutrition, and even running programs.

So I’m paging through her stuff… And then I find something that says, “How to become a runner.”

Let’s get one thing straight: if you want to be anything, all you need to do is start. Want to be a runner? Run. You don’t need a damn guide on how to become one. It’s a starting point, there should be no explanation needed!

Okay. Taking a step back and breathing. This is me getting sore about the subject.

I understand that some people want to know what’s necessary if you want to get serious and start training. With writing, there are certain things you need to keep in mind and execute to be able to get published, to be more serious about getting your work out there, to having your name float around by the water cooler.

If the basic is that you want to write, you don’t need a guide, you don’t need a professional telling you what to do, you don’t need even me to say anything. You just go for it! That’s all it takes.

I’ve wanted to be a serious runner for years now. You know how I started? I pulled on my sweats and went running. I put my shoes on and I tied my hair back and I went for it. I’ve spent days and weeks before, not doing anything because I injured myself or I was too nervous or I wasn’t motivated enough, and then finally, I was done just sitting around. I wanted to run for thirty minutes without having or needing to stop. I got a fire in my shoes and went.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Do you want to get published, or do you just want to write, for yourself, to become like JD Salinger who got famous and then went into recluse status?

This isn’t about anyone else but you. This is what you want, and I’d be lying if I said it was easy. I’ve had HUGE struggles, but I still feel like I’m only just beginning on this road. It’s going to take time and effort and patience and you’re going to have to slave away sometimes. If that’s not what you want, then don’t feel pressured or obligated to do it anyway.

I will admit that the post she made about becoming a runner is well done. It covers the basics, obviously, and gives you an overview of what to expect and how to start out.

But the only real criteria here is that you start. Run. Write. Do what your heart sings for. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not or that you can’t be for one reason or another. If you like it, and you do it, it’s what you are. The only determining factor of you being anything else, is you.

-The Novice Wordsmith

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