How to keep writing successfully and forever

It is not apocryphal but intellectually genuine that any writer with a passion for writing can be as prolific as he or she wants with originality worth praising in every dimension of it. Creativity could be unpredictable in its capacity with such writer. He goes fishing for writing early in the morning violating every facet of how to fish for words that can make up a good story, for instance, and yet he comes back from fishing for his words with success beyond imagination.

Making reading an obsession is a must for any writer with the long-term intention to excel at his writings. Reading a book after a book, no matter what subject, is not only important but it is paramount for the growth of any writer who has the desire to make every single day of his life a learning opportunity to take one more step towards being a robust writer, a sense of a journey but not of a destination. If you stop growing as a writer, you risk undoing all your previous gains probably followed by a death of imagination to realize where you are on daily basis. If you don't measure your progress incessantly, life measures your lack of progress and throws you into one-way river of backwardness assassinating the core of your being a writer. Your mind as a writer does not only feed on food and oxygen, but it thrives on reading and writing words as lifetime companions with whom you share unbreakable loyalty, and pampering them as lovely babies of yours and watching them to grow in your subconscious mind is vital. Not letting your words to decay in the womb of creativity and constantly bringing them into existence is like going to the gym more often to build the muscles of your body, not randomly but on a timetable carefully designed by you to give birth to fruitful results. 

Do you own a library card so that you can check out materials?

Many people answer "no" to the above question simply because "something free" is usually ignored with the perception that, because you can get it free, it somehow lacks the opposite of uselessness, which is far from the truth. I don't need to emphasize the importance of having a library card because it is a well-known fact that if you have a library card, you can access millions of books, audio and magazine collections that don't cost you a dime.

Recently, however, I checked out some great books on several writing areas from my local library. As I closely studied the titles of the books, I chose to read a book about how to write short stories. I wasn't expecting that this book could be this interesting, although I never judge a book by its cover. This book is entitled the art & craft of the short story by Rick Demarinis. I instantly liked reading this book before I was on the 8th page. The writer wrote:

You must love the short story, but you must also fear it. The ideal story, like a dream lover, is unattainable. I guess that's the nature of attraction. And, like a dream lover, it cannot be a tidy and cooperative entity, something that can be made compliant by specific lists of dos and don'ts. Good writers will break every rule that attempts to concretize some aspect of it. Every story makes its own rules. Each time I sit down to compose one, I feel at sea. All my previous experience and knowledge abandons me. I am a novice again, hoping, even praying, for insights and inspirations that make composition possible.

I fell in love with the above passage because almost every writing occasion you find yourself in, it is like a new territory demanding a new YOU to create some writing in your unique ways while not completely abandoning the writing rules out there. But more often, you are on your own to swim in writing seas that can be dangerous or cooperative depending your current level of effectiveness as a writer. Waking up in the middle of the night to add something insightful to a piece of writing you were working on or revising it in more attractive way is a commendable endeavor but a tiny aspect of your long term ambition; you don't just hang on one more day but you keep prospering in your unique way of writing.

What are your favorite areas of writing?

Whether you are still interested in writing about 1969 Moon Landing or Vietnam War, it doesn't matter. As long as you keep writing, you are not only OK, but also YOU ARE VERY OK. However, broadening your writing landscape is essential, although first developing certain areas you can comfortably write about when you are quite new for instance, and then moving on to the next target of your writing subjects is a smooth highway to take to learn a lot along the way.

Learning something from the way other writers write

Have you ever wondered why a certain writer writes in a certain way or why you write the way you write? It doesn't matter how you write, but it is obvious and beneficial that writers learn a lot from each other. I f you try from time to tome to read something written by another writer, you can see the difference whether it is style or the way the writer is arranging words, the way the writer is presenting ideas, facts, information, personal accounts, news, essay or whatever form the writing takes. Have you ever compared two books on the same subject and by two separate authors? Have you seen the distinctive difference between the two books or the angles from which the two authors are looking at the topic they are writing about? I believe you have experienced this for many times. However, reading and benefiting from the uniqueness of as many writers as you can is essentially good for your writing potential.

Reading your past writings

The more you write, the more impact it has on your subconscious mind. This means the more you are exposed to writing and reading, the better. Your writing is like a beautiful baby growing in an excellent society radiating bright rays of knowledge. Have you ever noticed reading your past writings feels a little bit different from your current ones? Don't fret, for striving writers, this is good because your writing is growing and the way you write is becoming better and better than it used to be. In a nutshell, if you keep writing, if you keep reading, then your everyday learning about writing will climb new horizons of sophistication. I wish you will never encounter Mission Impossible in your writings! Have a good luck!

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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

The library is a great resource that not enough of us take advantage of - a great reminder thanks.

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Abwaan 6 years ago Author

Thank you for commenting, library card is better than gold!

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