How to Become a Writer
Tens of thousands of people put that exact phrase into the Google search bar every month. I wonder what they all expect to find?
Once you truly decide and commit to being a writer, and you begin researching and studying, the amount of information out there will get complicated quickly. Like most things, keeping it simple is the best solution to the problem.
What Kind of Writer are You?
You must decide if you are going to treat it as a business, or if you are going to write as a hobby or something. Do you like to write fiction or nonfiction? What genre? Do you have experience in a niche within a genre? This decision is crucial.
Are you a writer? Yay! You just became a super cool writer. Sweet cardigan, woolly neck scarf, glasses you don't need, and a favorite table at the local coffee shop sold separately.
How to Get Into the Writing Industry
There are authors trying to make it in the industry and they collaborate with other authors. Thus, an anthology is born. A bunch of short stories with a similar theme is written by a dozen or so authors and are shoved into a book for everyone to enjoy. There are millions who buy and read them everyday.
Being a part of an anthology is one of the best ways for a person to become an author and to learn how the publishing process works. Facebook is likely the best place to find an anthology group. Most are very inviting and welcome new authors all the time.
Another way to get a gig writing is to just put yourself out there. There are a few really good freelancer platforms online that you can utilize to get some good paying jobs.
There are tens of thousands of writing jobs all over the United States and beyond that pay far more than you'd expect to write their content for them.
Hey, that's what TypedIt does! We write content for businesses and anyone else that needs it. Create a profile on some freelancer sites and put your best foot forward.
If you are confident in your writing, and you have enough ideas and content to create a good amount of books, then you can consider self-publishing. Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP as it is often called, is the largest platform for indie authors to self-publish their work. Here are some links to get you started on how to self-publish using KDP:
Everything can be found within the KDP site. The navigation is simple to use on the left-hand side of the page.
Other Writing Tools and Software
I also suggest you look into some software and other sites that may enhance the process of self-publishing along with allowing for more features and options. Here are a few links to those resources:
Scrivener is an awesome software that gives writers and authors some super cool tools and resources that makes self-publishing easy. You can write your entire manuscript in the correct format for Amazon KDP and other self-publishing platforms.
There's also dozens of books, articles, websites, and blogs that focus solely on how to use Scrivener. Use these resources to your advantage. Here are some that are quite good:
Calibre is a software that works as a automatic formatting and conversion tool. It will convert your manuscript into various formats, depending on where you are publishing it. Here is a link to a guide on how to become better acclimated to using Calibre:
"A Simpler Guide to Calibre: How to organize, edit and convert your eBooks..."
Word Processors: Your Writing Workshop
Of course, I have to give a shout-out to my main squeeze, my digital boo, if you will: Microsoft Word. I want to apologize to my wife, because she is currently in a love triangle with me and Microsoft Word. Although, I think she's dating Word too, so I guess that cancels it out?
That's a weird situation that I won't get into now. Point is: I love that program. It is simple, has everything I need, and I can set custom formatting settings for the various platforms to self-publish on, among hundreds of other awesome things it allows me to do.
Here are some links to get Word and where to find some guides to help you become an expert at using the program:
Microsoft Office 365 Download PC or Mac (comes w/ Word and a ton of other Microsoft programs)
Remember to download Microsoft Word to your mobile device using the Google Play Store on Android devices and the Apple Store on Apple devices.
Here are some of the hundreds of great resources for learning how to use Word to bring out its full potential:
"Microsoft Word 2019 for Dummies" - While the title isn't quite flattering, the authors of these books are the best in the industry, and I live by these books in times of need. You aren't a dummy for using this great resource. Or, at least you won't be after you read it...
"Microsoft Office 2019 for Dummies" - If you opt to purchase the whole package, then you'll need a much bigger book to cover everything. The Microsoft Office Package includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and OneDrive. There are other programs which may or may not come with your subscription. The Microsoft download center has more details on all that.
If you aren't familiar with Microsoft programs, I suggest visiting their website here to read up on each program.
If Word isn't your style, then check out these other writing programs that may be better for you:
If you use the resources above and learn to use all the programs like a pro, the limits to your writing abilities will be endless. You'll become a thing of legend. The Lord of the Writings, if you will. They said it was just a myth, but here you are, being a Lord at stuff. Well played aspiring author, well played indeed...
Resources on How to Write Correctly
Okay. Now that you have the know how to get your mind right to allow yourself to use the tools linked above, you need to understand the technical aspects of writing in English. There are entire books on rules for everything. It's possibly the most important part of becoming a writer. You must know how to put words into sentences that make paragraphs that make chapters or sections that make a whole publication. Right? Right.
Here are some links to the most important books you'll ever need if you wish to be a writer and an author working in the English language:
Of course, you're going to need some help with your words:
"The Merriam-Webster Dictionary"
There are literally a million books and other resources that dive down specifically into every niche you can think of. There is a book on how to write a rural setting in a novel. Yep, it gets down pretty deep. I'm certainly not going to list them all here. I think my blog would break.
Here is a list of links to resources that can help you start on the path of getting traditionally published, if you're into that sort of thing:
So, I'm just going to go ahead and say that if you are solely using just one program to check your errors, you are wrong. Especially if you are using Microsoft Word. I love you, Word, but you suck really bad at spell check and correcting grammar. I mean, it's bad, people. Do not, I say again, do not rely on Word to correct your mistakes.
It hurts my heart to be so cruel to my digital love, but Microsoft just cannot seem to get it right. It's never been good, and it probably won't ever be good. Luckily, Word allows 3rd-party programs to be linked to it so that you can get a proper edit. Grammarly is by far the best digital editor on the market right now.
Plus, you can add it right into Word so you can replace its awful editing tool with a good one: Grammarly. Yay! Click the link below to go to Grammarly to see how awesome they are at fixing your messed up words. If they can fix mine, they can fix anything...
Yes, everything is digital nowadays. Grammarly is a great tool to use. However, the difference between a good writer and a great one is the time put in reading the super boring English writing standards books and putting in the time to fully understand how to write correctly in that language.
How I View Literature
Something magical happens when a writer infuses all of themselves into their writing. The thing that makes books so special. The thing that encapsulates us in another dimension while the world keeps spinning around us, but we don't give one care as to what's happening out there. The thing that takes us through the best and worst times of a character, feeling what they feel, going through their struggles and victories with them, and the feeling of finishing a story that makes us weep in sadness and in joy.
In every book, there is a different experience for everyone. I believe that is the most incredible thing about books and writing. The possibilities for ideas and knowledge are limitless.
Ask yourself the same, "how do I view literature?", and see what comes to mind. What does it mean to you? How do you use literature? How has it enriched your life? Think about your answers before the next blog publishes.
Tell me, is what you just read what you were expecting when you typed in "how to become a writer" into the search bar?
Is It Over?
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