"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know." -- Thomas Wolfe
By now you have decided what kind of writer you'd like to be:
You either want to write for pleasure or for profit.
To write articles or just to write for your own enjoyment?
Or perhaps just start writing and see what develops.
To perhaps even one day write a book-about your life or about life of someone you know.
To one day write novel you always dreamed of...and I believe everyone has some tale to tell. We can all reach out and help others by sharing a little of our little (don't repeat 'little' in such close proximity- "yes sir, boss"!) world. Somebody else said: "No one but a blockhead would write not to be published."... but I don't agree with that one.
I believe writing is for pleasure or profit, but it can be both. That's ideal to aim (and wish/hope) for. Could I end that sentence with a "preppie" (preposition)?
That was my ideal when I started out in my quest to do something worthwhile with my life after being dropped out of sky here in "Sleepy Hollow". I try to have a bit of FUN with my writing, because life (together with all appendages, like mortgages, bills (but not my business associate, Bill Rosoman), wives, "hubbies", etc) can be ever so serious.
We spoke about making a writer out of you.
Decide where and when to write.
Which room is most comfortable and gives you peace and quiet?
When are you most creative?
Are you a "morning" or "evening" person, when your concentration is at it's highest level? My body rhythms (correct spelling - for a change!) work best in early morning, so I'm in bed with my teddy bear and hot "choccie" and pussy cat by 9pm. How utterly boring!
When are you most likely to be undisturbed? I have strangest type of people (plenty of "weirdos") dropping in to visit "recluse" me. Must be lot of an "artist"!
Treat your writing seriously and bar visitors - it is your work or leisure time, yet people don't seem to understand that. "When are you going to get a proper job", ask locals continuously (should it be 'continually'?), as they can't seem to understand us "strange" writers. Nor even my good Aussie friend, Kaye who is visiting at moment!
* GETTING STARTED What to write about?
This is writer's principal dilemma.
Write what market wants, but draw on your world, your unique experiences in life.
Ask yourself this:
How can I best inform, entertain, help or perhaps even inspire other people?
Where to get ideas? The human mind has most incredible power and your magination is your greatest asset. . So use great powers of your IMAGINATION to fullest by allowing your creative juices to flow.