Do you want to be a writer? Is it your ambition, desire, or – sorry, but there’s no other word for it – your dream? Are you hungry for it? Would you – almost – kill for it?
Can this blog make you into a writer? Well, yes, actually, it can.* It’s not just the knowledge, experience or qualifications, or the fact that I’m doing it, and reflecting on it every day… No, you could get that almost anywhere.
It’s this: if you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then I know how you feel.
And what’s the most important thing that you need? Imagination? Creativity? A big dictionary? The best laptop you can afford? No, the most important thing to have is time.
Despite all the demands of real life – work, wife (or partner), washing up, washing the car, washing your hair – you will have to find time, plenty of it, and at regular intervals, too. You have to make writing a part of real life, not something that gets pushed out by it.
Action Point One: Open your diary and make some appointments for yourself to write. Personalise the appointments, eg ‘11.00 am to 12 noon, Mr Novel / Ms Screenplay / Mrs Ambition / Miss Destiny.’ Treat these appointments with the same importance as appointments with your boss, or your dentist. Keep the appointments.
*Disclaimer: this blog cannot guarantee to make you a published or even a good writer, but it can help. It can certainly make you a writer…