What it takes to become a writer

Being writers in the modern, hectic world we live in, is a blissful experience. That is without the crazy deadlines, constant amendments and endless work we surround ourselves with but on the whole, it is enjoyable.

The world of a writer

Working as a writer is different to working as anything else, the job is largely non-described, for most management is non-existent, and in general, the reason people write is not money.

Being a writer is about something more, something larger. No matter what discipline of the industry you’re part of, you are always working for something bigger than you or me. You’re working for change.

Change in people.

Change an industry.

Change in a country.

Or even, change in the world.

We work day in, day out, in the hope that what we produce, might hopefully change someone or something, somewhere in the world.

We don’t work for change.

We work to make a change.

Have you got what it takes?

Anyone can be a writer. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from; writing doesn’t discriminate. Writing is one of the few jobs, where there is no job description.

This is, however, a bless and a curse. Having such an open career is great for diversity and opening options to people. But the problems lie in the motives people have. Earlier I said,

We don’t work for change.

We work to make a change.

This observation may not have made sense at first, but let me explain.

We don’t work for money (or, ‘change’ as some people call it). Instead, we work to make a change, and that is our motive. Problems occur when people reverse these meanings. They care more about their bottom line, then the world around them.

Luckily, people who work for the sole purpose of money soon throw in the towel from not earning the money they dreamed of making. The writers who make the real money are the ones who cared about making a change first.

We shouldn’t think money is the problem, we need money to survive in the world, but we need to ensure we’re working for something bigger than ourselves rather than ourselves.

Are you willing to work for something bigger than yourself?

If you are willing to work for something bigger than yourself, are you willing to work with no recognition?

You won’t become famous by becoming a writer. How many famous authors can you name compared to music artists? A significant portion of authors is not recognised and celebrated as much as they should be.

This is part of being a writer, particularly at the beginning. Don’t start writing if you’re only interested in fame. As I’m telling you now, you will lose interest before you become famous and it’ll be a waste of your time.

Are you willing to work with no recognition?

Are you prepared to be always learning? Writing is as much about writing as it is about learning.

To improve our writing, we must learn about writing. We have to know about grammar, spelling, structure, style and more. This process never ends, there isn’t a day, where we say we know everything. With endless combinations of words comes an equal number of opportunities to practice. These opportunities are what we can learn from.

It’s not just our writing we learn; it’s everything we write about too. How could we produce a report without first learning about the subject(s) of the report? How could we write a book without learning about the characters we intend to write? The list goes on, but the point is, whatever out subject, whatever our format is. There is something to learn.

Are you prepared to be always learning?