1. Start calling yourself a writer.
Labels are very important. Labels define and categorize our relationships, priorities and conduct. The label you place on yourself, sets the framework for how you see yourself and ultimately how the world sees you. Naming yourself as a writer sets your intentions and focus. It lets the world know that you are a creative above all else, that words matter to you.
See yourself as a creative writer. This shifts the energy of your mindset. When you embrace this mindset, you become that person- then like connects and attracts like. You'll naturally begin to connect with those like you who can support you and connect you with those who can help you grow.
2. Develop a writer’s mindset.
What is a writer’s mindset? Your mindset is how you think and feel about something. Therefore, a writer’s mindset is just how you think and feel about writing. A writer’s mindset is essential in developing and nurturing your creativity and writing. How you think about writing can directly affect your creativity. So having a positive relationship with writing and the creative process is important.
How do you develop a writer’s mindset? Well, first, you need a keen awareness of the world around you- issues, ideas, conversations, events, etc. What are the things that spark people’s interests and imaginations? What gets people talking and most importantly, thinking? Viewing the world and reading in between the lines is a learned skill, but it is in between the lines where mostly likely your next story lies.
Also, becoming an avid reader is another way to hone your writer’s mindset. Reading the works of other with a critical eye is a great way to develop your own skills as a writer, possibly learning new writing styles and jumpstarting your own creativity. Basically, the more your read, the more you may want to write and have your own voice be heard.
Finally, surround yourself with other writers who have similar interests. See my previous post on writer’s communities, “Writing Communities. Here's How Writers Connect and Grow” to learn more about the numerous benefits to surrounding yourself writers.
3. Write about things that interest you.
This one is easy. Writing about the things that interest and matter to you should be effortless. Find your niche. Is it fantasy, historical fiction or maybe its children’s books? No matter what it is, find that genre that your passionate about and write about it. Immerse yourself in learning everything you can about that genre and then write, write, WRITE.
4. Create a writing routine.
Writing is not a race, it's a marathon. Developing a consistent writing routine can create a pattern of creativity. The key is to have writing become part of your day, and not put so much pressure on yourself to create the next masterpiece. Let your ideas flow freely, the masterpiece will come.
See my previous post, “5 Tips to Overcome Writing Hurdles” to learn more about creating a pattern of writing overcoming writing hurdles,
5. Commit to writing your book…
…or article or story. Whatever it is, make the commitment to release the words trapped inside. Your voice deserves to be heard as much as anyone else’s. As a writer it is your duty to share your voice and ideas with the world.
Writers arguably are the most influential members of our society. Being a writer is a superpower. There is power in words. Writers have the power to inspire, influence, motivate, and empower generations, millions of people or just one person.
No matter how unknown you may be, there is no telling what effect your words may have.
You have no idea who may be inspired by your words to do great things. So, give yourself a timeframe and a deadline and write. Write with passion and purpose. Write for yourself and for your intended reader.
You are a WRITER. And as a writer, you owe it not only to yourself but to everyone to unleash your story.