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So you love to write and aspire to write a children’s story? Well, that’s wonderful. If you do succeed, it can be a rewarding path. However, for every celebrity writer there are hundreds of strugglers and the ones who have already given up. Do you have what it takes to be a storyteller? Here are things every aspiring writer should be prepared for!

5 Things Every Aspiring Writer Should Be Prepared For

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Observation & Experience

Like running, writing improves with time, bird by bird. All great works of literature are derived from a close observation and understanding of the world. Writers are capable of minutely observing the people all around them. They have an incisive eye for the nuances of human behavior that many don’t necessarily notice. Are you trying to gather experiences to hone these skills?

How to use this in your writing: Be open to sharing personal experiences, stories around events, interactions and your thoughts and observations on trends. You are the only one with your story. This keeps the reader interest up, and shows your forward thinking and also your attention to detail. Remember what Seth Godin says,

“Great work doesn’t come out of nowhere. It comes out of interactions with the people you seek to change.”

Passion

This is true for all kinds of work. But for a creative field like writing, it’s a need. Do not just get into it because you think you romanticize the profession. You can neither thrive as a writer nor will you sustain your interest if you are not genuinely passionate about your story.

How to use this in your writing: Many blogs, online journals or even social media pages end purely because the authors/creators give up too soon. If you’re passionate about it, you will find it much easier to continue.

The Ugly First Draft

Some people do believe that a writer must be born with some inherent talent. Others argue that writing is a habit. You need to hone your skills through learning and practice. You need to read a lot and get acquainted with other great writers and their writing styles. When you first start writing it may just be the ugly first draft. But the key is to start and not be the editor but the creator first. You must seek feedback of others and keep improving.

How to use this in your writing: From story drafts to post headlines to social media content to ANY writing, the key to finishing anything is first to start. Jeff Goins says this:

“You can first make it ugly, or not make it at all. There is nothing else.”

Patience

A primary characteristic of a successful writer is patience. Of course there are some people who get famous overnight. But that’s often because you don’t know the rest of their lives. Like other professions too, you have to slog it out. You need to be persistent and relentless in pitching to publishers and winning the assignments that you think are suitable for you as a writer. It may take years to get established as a writer and there will be moments of despair. You must be psychologically prepared for the struggles and the rewards in equal measure.

How to use this in your writing: There are no short-cuts for sustainable growth. Most blogs, brands and businesses that gain success online are consistent and improve on an everyday basis. Tolkien inspires us here when he says:

“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”

 

Communication Skills

You must have heard the stories of many eccentric and socially inept geniuses. But let us face it. Most people have to be nice and build a good rapport with other humans. This includes editors, publishers and anyone else who can provide working opportunities to you. Be kind (that’s the sentence).

How to use this in your writing: All your writing efforts go in vain, if you can’t engage your reader or anyone you are writing for. You need to invest in building a community and be generous about sharing. This is the only way you can achieve true growth! Just as Paul Ryan says,

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.

What are some of your experiences as a writer? How do you prepare yourself for its everyday challenges? Do share with us on Instagram or in the comments below!