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Four Steps to Becoming a Writer

In a podcast about writing, the speaker said, “All my life I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I wasn’t writing.”

I’ve met many people like this. They call themselves “aspiring writers.” Some have a dream of writing but will never pursue it. Others, in reality, wish to have written but don’t want to put in the hard work to make it happen. The rest are content to merely talk about writing as if talking equates to doing.

To become a writer, here are four simple steps:

Write

Sit yourself down and start writing, every day, even when you don’t feel like it. As Nike says, “Just do it.”

Share

I’ve met people afraid to let anyone see their work. I get that. Sharing our words can be scary, but to be a writer, we need to have readers.

Revise

As we receive feedback, we hone our skills, either tweaking that piece or applying the lessons learned to the next one.

Repeat

Continue this process—forever.

Yeah, there’s more, but these are the essentials. Don’t worry about the rest until you’re doing these four critical steps.

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Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, is an author, blogger, and publisher with over 30 years of writing and publishing experience. Check out his book The Successful Author for insider tips and insights.

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