Many people dream of writing literature but feel that they don’t have the imagination or skills needed to become a novelist. If you are one of these people that feels compelled to write stories but always catches yourself doubting your abilities, you should put the fears aside and just dive into writing to see where it will take you. You will likely be pleasantly surprised at just how creative you are and how well you can write. The following are a few skills you can cultivate to help you make the leap to becoming a writer.
Being a writer means having stories to tell. The more you venture into the world and expose yourself to new experiences, the more you will have to write about. Sure, many authors were recluses who preferred not to have contact with others, but chances are good that most of them ventured into the world during at least part of their lives. The more people you meet and places you visit, the more ideas you will develop for wonderful plots ideas and lively characters.
There will be days when you want to do anything but write. It is on these days that you must dig down into the last ounce of willpower within you and keep writing. Sure, the words you get onto paper or a computer screen on those unmotivated days may not be prize worthy. However, you will prove to yourself that you have the drive to keep writing when things get tough or when you don’t have anything left. Remember, you can always go back and edit out the dull stuff from those days when the words weren’t flowing well. However, during the editing process, you will likely find that much of what you wrote was better than you originally thought it would be.
Apart from the tips above, one of the most important aspects of being a successful writer is simply believing in your abilities. Once you begin believing in your abilities and cast aside the self-doubt, the words will begin flowing and you will finally be a writer.