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July 01, 2016 - Posted to Writing
It’s been a long hot summer and you will be going back to school soon. A new semester opens up in front of you with new dreams and aspirations. But the one thing that you didn’t count on was the desire that came up in your heart to write.
As a young writer, you decided to talk it over with your parents, your friends, and even your summer job coach and they all looked at you blankly because they have no idea about what becoming a writer entails.
But when you were writing that essay for college entry, it just hit you. You knew what you wanted to do with the rest of your life. The letter from the college did say that your storytelling was the best they had seen in years; it did say that it was the deciding factor for your acceptance.
You pull out your old journals from back in elementary school and you try to read your handwriting. You go over and over the words to various poems, short stories and little notes you wrote to your secret crush. Yes, you will become a writer. But now, what do you write about? How do you get inspired?
Does this sound like you? Well welcome to a writer’s first battle, when they realize they want to write and not knowing where to start. Here are a few tips that will get you inspired to join one of the most treasured careers there is, writing.
Your Program of Study
Whatever you have decided to pursue, you don’t have to change your curriculum to become a writer. You have electives attached to your program that you can use to teach you the art of writing. Try taking a class in Creative writing, Poetry, Fiction, and even Business writing. Talk to your counselor about adding English as a minor to your major.
When you take writing classes, you are will be required to do workshops. In these workshops you get to critique your peers writing and vice versa. Leave your ego at the door. If you want to become a writer, you must realize that someone needs to read your work, and these types of classes will give you the inspiration you need in the form of:
Guest speakers (usually writers or English Professors)
Lectures on writing and the art of writing well
Critical thinking skills by reading outside of your chosen genre. (British English poetry, WW1 poetry, the classics such as War and Peace etc.) You will read books you never thought you would read when taking writing classes.
Read, Read, Read!
More than likely you are a reader. Writers are avid readers; they soak up words all the time. If you are on a train and find that you read all of the ads, or always have a book in your hands, you are probably a good writer. In order to find your own voice, you have to read what others sound like.
Don’t just read one genre, read everything you get your hands on, even the telephone book, encyclopedias, whatever you get your hands on. This is not only informative but teaches you structure. Think about it, someone had to write all of these types of books.
Spend time in your own mind/ but not always.
The difference between English/Writing majors and other careers is that you are prone to do plenty of alone time reading and writing. If you are a loner, you will find inspiration in taking long walks alone and just observing.
You friends may begin to say that you seem to be drifting off every time you are together. Just remind them that you have a story in your head.
Do not become a hermit, it is never good for a writer to withdraw into him/or herself. There is not enough information in there, especially if you are just starting out.
Inspiration is all around you.
While you are sitting with your friends, decide in your mind to rename them all and give them occupations well into the future. If you follow my drift, you have just been giving a writing prompt. Inspiration is everywhere, from the smallest incident that means little or nothing right now, to the biggest news story that just flashed across the screen.
Money is a good Inspiration
Freelance writing is a good way to make money while in school. That is inspiration enough for you to begin tapping on the keys and banging out some articles or short stories. Apply for the school newspaper. See if there is an opening in the community bookstore where you can work and read till your heart is content.
Put ads on the school bulletin board to tutor young readers. This will hone your grammar skills, which we lose if we don’t use them.
Help others write. There are professional essay writing jobs that open every day, especially during the school year. Try these content creation sites to write for. They don’t pay much, but you have to start somewhere when you want to be a writer.
Join writing forum sites that help you with your writing such as writing.com.
The jobs available to a writer are vast. It is one of the careers that you can go anywhere and do just about anything for the company you work for because of your writing skills.
If you are taking a leap of faith, why not write about it and show it to your parents and your advisor. Show them just why you have decided to become a writer.