When people find out I'm a writer, there are a few typical conversations that occur. The three most common starter comments are: "How did you become a writer?" "I know a friend who should be a writer" and "I've always wanted to write a book." Today, I'll just reference the last two...in essence,,,"How does one become a writer?"
I personally started my journey exactly the way you should never start. Here is how NOT to do it. I thought about it. I had great ideas about it. I considered all the different types of stories I could write. I bought the correct computer software. I thought about titles and plots and how exciting it would be to have my name in print. I wrote a paragraph or two but it was never "just quite right."
Total output after months of the above...zero.
Then one day, I just grabbed a notebook and started to write. I wrote horrible first drafts...but I worked on them. I wrote riddles and stories and jotted down new ideas. And I wrote and I rewrote and I rewrote.
A typical picture book story that I feel is ready for publication will have about four major rewrites and twenty or more small rewrites. Every word counts!
Total output after my new system was in place?
Five published books, about thirty additional manuscripts of various sorts, from picture book to adult. Many will never become books, but several of them will. And with each word written I've improved as a writer.
So, as most writers will tell you...How does one become a writer?