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How To Be A Writer

Published on 9/6/2015
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"How To Be A Writer" is the 5th in my 'How To' series of original copyright press releases sent from my happy home in the sunny south of Portugal

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In my book, there are two essential ingredients which you must possess in order to become a writer …. and I'm not referring to talent and a pen, although both of course help! No, the qualities I'm talking about here are : Inspiration and Discipline.


To be inspired you first need to have in mind to write about a subject which is of real interest to you. There's no point in choosing a topic simply because it's currently a popular one or because it's relevant or in the news at the time. No, you must be passionate about your subject because, if you're not, it will show in your writing. Your efforts, however well researched, will be bland and dull and readers will pick up on that and become disinterested very quickly.

But when you write of a subject close to your heart, one that you know a lot about and, more importantly, feel a lot about then your words will contain not only authority but will also sparkle with emotion! This means that as you are writing what you will experience is an easy flow of dialogue emanating from your mind faster almost than you can type it and you should experience an excitement, a quickened pulse as you write. When you feel all this as you work then you know that you are on the right tracks.

Yet simply writing about topics which are close to your heart, of interest to you and of which you are knowledgeable does not guarantee that your writing will be inspired. These factors are only a necessary foundation. Inspiration you see is something more than that and, crucially, it's not something that you can create, conjure up or produce on demand. In fact it's the complete opposite. You never know when it will hit you. True inspiration just arrives!

POWER POINT - “Inspiration cannot be conjured up to order … true inspiration just arrives! Inspiration finds you. When it's there go with the flow, when it's not … wait.”

And that is what inspiration is and how it is. Wait for it patiently, it can't be forced. It will find you.


 Waiting for inspiration, not forcing it, is a form of discipline but there's much more discipline than that which you will have to practice in order to be a successful writer. Particularly you will have to learn not to mistake 'waiting for inspiration' with 'putting off until tomorrow'!

Yes, procrastination is one of a writer's greatest enemies. Without a boss to enforce time management it's all too easy for a writer to delay getting down to work and to find excuses for not putting fingers to keyboard. But there's lots of writing can be done outwith the inspirational stuff. There's research of information and facts needed for scripts and also 'in-fill' can be done – that's where you note down 'ordinary' (uninspired) texts which will be sculpted into the 'killer' work when the inspiration does arrive. And there's editing …. there's no such thing as a perfect script! So there's always work to be done.

So, just like reporting for a 'proper' job, establish your hours of work and stick to them. Two hours at a time is a reasonable stretch for creative writing, after that the creative juices tend to dry up. Ten in the morning until mid-day, two-thirty to four- thirty in the afternoon works for many. I find that only the two hours in the morning works for me best and on only three days per week maximum. Find what sort of schedule works best for you …. but then stick to it. Or set yourself a number of words or pages to write each day or each session. Either way exercise strict discipline. If you don't, you'll write nothing. But when you are disciplined you'll be surprised at how much you write and the quality of work that you produce.

Remember that your work ultimately will only be as good as your writer ID – that's Inspiration + Discipline!

 I live and work in the sunny south of Portugal. Need I say more? This is my 'office'!

How To Be A Writer

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HOW TO BE A WRITER  is an original copyright Tom Riach press release, short and to the point. I hope you enjoyed reading about How To Be A Writer  and found it informative/entertaining. To learn more or to get in touch with me please visit me on my website at TOM RIACH

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