There are four macro skills in learning—listening, speaking, reading and writing. But it seems like I’m having a difficulty with the latter.
All I want is to write, I want to express my thoughts and my feelings through writing. But it’s really hard for me to write, until I found a solution.
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
In order to write a piece of art you must have a heart. That’s the first lesson young writers need to learn. You write because it is your passion. You write because that’s what your heart tells you to do.
Know yourself. That is the second most important thing you should learn in order to become a writer. You should really know who you are. By this, you will not have a difficulty to express yourself.
Another important thing aspiring writers must know is a good writer is a great reader. Every famous writer that you could think of has one specific book that inspired them to write. Even J.K. Rowling had read many books that inspire her to write one of the most successful book series of all time— The Harry Potter. So it is very important for young writers to be a wide reader.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King
Next is find the right genre for you. There are writers that can easily shift from fiction writing to non-fiction writing, but these people have a great knowledge and experience in doing that kind of thing. Young writers like me should find one genre that fits his/her personality. Do you have a strange scientific mind in yourself? Then maybe you’ll be a good sci-fi writer. Are you good in making rhythmic verses? Why don’t you try to be a good poet than to be a prose artist? A good writer has a one distinct specialty or a genre, by having the right genre for you it will be easy for you to find the right words for your art piece.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
― Toni Morrison
Now this one is for young fiction writers. Think of someone or something that you want to become. It may be an imaginary person― a superhero or a wizard― it may also be a real person like a detective. By doing this it will not be hard for you to think of an idea how your story will flow. You just need to close your eyes and have a daydream but make sure you have a pen and a notebook with you.
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
― Robert Frost
And of course, make sure you like what you have written. Because if you’re not satisfied with what you have wrote then don’t expect the readers will like it to. But sometimes all you need is a little self confidence.