Many, many people want to write. They want to be novelists. They want to be published – especially when they hear that you are writing/have written/are published or are going to be published. They engage you in conversation, tell you their plans, but invariably end with excuses as to why they can’t actually write.
Beginner Writer Excuses
I don’t have time
I don’t have any ideas or imagination
I’m a terrible writer with no grasp of grammar or spelling
I hate reading
Hmm, this poses a major problem. A chef needs certain tools in order to cook. He needs the ingredients, he needs his utensils and pots and pans and he needs a recipe. Without them, it’s impossible to whip up a dish. He may have all the intentions in the world, but without those key elements, cooking up any dish is impossible.
So too is writing a novel. If you don’t have time, ideas, imagination, or the basic skills of grammar and spelling, then – like a chef needs to acquire his dish ingredients – you will have to acquire the tools of the trade. It’s not that difficult.
3 Steps for Beginner Writers
First – learn to like reading. It boggles my mind that someone who wants to write a novel doesn’t actually like reading! Why would you want to be a writer if you don’t like reading? I don’t care if you read Manga or Proust. In juxtaposition with this, learn some grammar and spelling. At the very least, use the spell check on your computer and get a good editor to go over your work.
Second – write a page every day (that’s just 250 words). It can be an observation, it can be a character sketch of someone you met or it can be a few lines of dialogue that you overheard. Do this everyday, and you will learn rapidly.
Third – take a writing class once you have begun writing and enjoying the exercise. Writing instructors will help you by giving you writing prompts, teaching you the basic tools of the trade and most of all – they are (or should be) great motivators. After each class, you should feel pumped and ready to sit down and write. If you don’t feel this way, look for another writing teacher.
Writing a novel is fun if you let your imagination run free. It can also be a great way to keep your mind active and meet a whole group of people with similar interests. Write On