"I have advice for people who want to write. I don't care whether they're 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpunishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair. And second, you need to read. You can't be a writer if you're not a reader. It's the great writers who teach us how to write. The third thing is to write. Just write a little bit every day. Even if it's for only half an hour, write, write, write." - Madeleine L'Engle
Ideas for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, letters to the editor, children's books and maybe even the great American Novel can spring out of your journal writing. Experiencing things and people in life is extremely important for writers and always try to include details of smell, sight, sound, taste, as much as possible to help you share the best picture of what you are wishing to communicate in your writing.
Second, read, read, read! It is important to read other authors, articles on how to write, writers' experiences, and read in your genre most of all!
Third, write, write, write! Write down your story ideas, character names, favorite names for places, write character sketches about characters you want to tell stories about. Write beginnings of stories you want to write. Remember the hook or opening sentence must grab readers. Write and learn about subjects you want to use in your stories. (Thank God for internet keyword search capability!) Beginning writing on your Writers' Platform is a good idea, create your own website, but more on these in other blogs. Writing in your journal every day is a great place to begin your writing.
Please ask any questions about writing and make suggestions by visiting the Writers' Ink website frequently! Let us know in the comments below why you like to write. I'm always interested in people's responses.
"If a writer stops observing he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed." - Ernest Hemingway