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This Is How You Become a Writer
You become a writer by sharing a piece of who you are with the world. You express how you feel about sensitive topics like politics, religion or sex. You open-up about some painful experiences that you went through and you reflect on what you learned from them. You allow the world to see you for who you are without any reservations. And you don’t shy away from people’s various opinions of you or your work.
You become a writer by putting down your thoughts on paper. You catch your crazy ideas before they leave you. You document your observations as they happen. You see something that triggers something in you, next thing you know it turns into something others can relate to or at least, learn something from.
You become a writer when you start challenging yourself. When you start writing about the things that are out of your genre and out of your comfort zone. When you take on subjects that are difficult to write about because they hit you where it hurts. When you talk about the things you are afraid to write about. When you write about new things or discuss different perspectives on the same subjects.
You become a writer when you begin reading. You become a real writer when you are a reader first. When you know of other people's work. When you are exposed to the beauty of someone else's mind. When you are moved by someone's work other than yours.
You become a writer when you are true to yourself as a writer. As an artist. And as a someone with a platform. You become a writer when you let other people's work inspire you but not change your identity or style as a writer. When you keep-up with what readers like to read while you still do your own thing.
You become a writer when you start writing. Whether you write for yourself or for the world. Whether you blog, write fiction or poetry. Whether you are really good or really bad. What makes you a writer is your voice. It's the fact that you are true to yourself about what you are writing, about your writing style and about why you are writing. Remember, to become a writer, first, you have to start writing. So, start with what you have. Start where you are. And the rest will fall into place as you explore your opportunities, as you become confident about your voice, about your message, about your legacy.
© 2017 Farah Ayaad