If you want to be a writer, write.

Someone told me yesterday she isn’t a writer, but she loves to write.

Do you know how ridiculous that sounds?

If you love to write and you write, you’re a writer.

End of story.

Being a writer has nothing to do with having a specific professional occupation.

Yes, there are paid writers, but they are often no better than regular joes who decide one day to pick up a pen and write. Sometimes regular joes become famous.

Being a writer is about enjoying the process of laying down words on paper.

It’s about telling stories.

It’s about bringing inanimate characters and ideas to life.

It’s about sharing your ideas.

Stephen King wrote, “Talent is as cheap as table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

A writer does not start out being amazing. We make lots of mistakes.

However, the mistakes are the tools of our learning.

Every word we write is another step toward becoming something better than what we are.

Being a good writer takes practice. It’s a skill honed over time.

If you want to be a writer, what’s the best way to practice your skill?

Get comfortable and begin to write — stream of consciousness style.

If you’re brave enough, start your own blog or begin writing here, on Medium.

Stephen King also wrote, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

Reading helps you refine your craft.

You can’t get better if you don’t see what good writing looks like.

I would also recommend listening to audio books, which help you broaden your vocabulary and pronunciation.

And remember:

If you want to be a swimmer, all you have to do is swim.

If you want to be a painter, all you have to do is paint.

If you want to be a writer, all you have to do is write.

It’s as simple as that.

Esther Hofknecht Curtis is a freelance writer from Delaware. Go to https://www.facebook.com/TheArdentReader19977/ to learn more.

Book nerd and freelance writer finding gold in ordinary places. Email me at ejhcurtis@gmail.com Visit https://www.facebook.com/TheArdentReader19977/

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