It’s been two months I started blogging, and this was for the love of writing. Plainly and solely. I read daily and write weekly, rather post weekly. Here’s my experience in 5 short points:
- Writing was never about language and words: Those who think it’s their linguistic skill or wordplay that’s going to transform them into writers, are flatly wrong. Everybody is proficient in at least one language. It should mean that each one of them is a writer. Believe me, anybody can learn a language, cram the dictionary and put them down onto a paper. A writer doesn’t write words. A writer puts thoughts, ideas and feelings into words straight from the heart, not from the head. What follows is natural proficiency called art. Read as much as you can to improve the way you write, but during the process, never detach art from writing.
- Writeable to Readable takes time: When novels are written, they are not immediately published. They are reviewed time and again to evaluate their readability factor. Same goes with any piece of writing. You love to write, and that’s the reason why you write. An idea may be worth writing but yours is a writer’s view point. Readers might perceive it differently. The tip is: Write and forget. Read after a week. See if you enjoyed reading. Having said that, do not attempt writing from a reader’s perspective. Enjoy while you write. That’s it. Relax, it does take time. And the day will come when you won’t need to read your work. Simply write and publish! However, never take yourself for granted. You are a human.
- Read others: Whether you’re a blogger or a novel writer, never quit reading others. Time crunch. I’m aware. But others are not sitting jobless only to read what you’ve been writing. There are great ideas and thoughts available out there. You could find your inspiration too. It makes for a great assessment. You will know where you stand. THERE’S NO BEST WRITER.
- Never forget what made you: Absolutely. You can’t afford to lose humility. Humility has many lovers. Never sit on Mount Everest after folks have started reading you. Jump down from that cloud nine. It’s a dangerous place. Rain never warns you before coming. That cloud may burst anytime. Tip: Readers make you!
- Don’t let blog bog you down: One of the most important tips. In case you are a blogger, remember why you began blogging. Some blog to promote their writing, some as a pastime, some for fun and some for popularity. A few questions to ask yourself:
- Is your blog becoming a facebook equivalent to you?
- Are you consistently awaiting likes, comments, follows?
- Why are you here?
Never let blogging bog you down. I began blogging for the love of writing. Is this sentence being repeated?
One more, you might feel it lacks sense, but avoid deleting your old posts. No matter how poorly written they are. It reminds you that you have to outshine them. What matters is GROWTH!
Cheers to writing!