By: Nikki Groom
A common misconception when it comes to writing is you have to be a natural at it. In reality, that’s not the case at all. Like any career, it can be learned. It takes practice, like cosmetology. The more you practice, the better you become. You can be a good writer if you take the time and put in the effort. To be a good writer you also have to practice reading, people learn writing through the things that they read. If you don’t read it will be hard to learn the writing basics. Like any profession, it’s hard work. Some people would argue that this is not true, and to a certain degree I would agree. Some people are naturally gifted at writing and never need to practice much. Others need to practice daily for a certain amount of time to retain the things they have learned. Not all writers are created equally, and not all writers write equally. Some writers will take half their lives to be good, but they put in the effort to be there. If you think you cannot write, try reading and writing for thirty minutes a day. After a few months you should see a significant difference in the way that you write. One of my favorite things to do is to wake up early, sit at my computer with the screen dark, and just type. Don’t drink coffee, don’t edit, don’t even look at it, just write. Later that day come back and see what your brain word vomited. Everyone can be a good writer with practice, but we can’t all be Stephen King.