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Why do you write?
I get this question a lot; people ask me why do I write?
The answer to why do you write is different for every person. Writing for some people is about expressing their emotions and for some, it’s about sharing their experience.
So in short people write to either express their emotions or to share their experience. I write because it gives me peace knowing that somewhere someone is reading my articles and my articles are helping them solve their problems.
When I was a kid I was a curious person and I dipped my fingers in everything I could. I was like an investigator, a detective. And being a curious person made me poke around things and learn about them.
I was pretty young when I stumbled upon the internet, probably 12 or 13 years old (way back in 1999-2000) and I found that just a yahoo.com search could get me to answer any question I needed an answer to.
Thanks to the internet, I never had to ask any awkward questions to adults about anything. I was a shy kid and the internet helped me learn new stuff each day.
I have spent hundreds of hours online searching answers.
Why did I decide to be a writer?
Searching on the internet I found that all the information that I stumbled upon through search engines yahoo.com or google.com was written and shared by people and I wanted to be one among the countless anonymous knowledge sharers.
Wikipedia was another inspiration.
I was surprised to know that the most visited website on the internet; Wikipedia, is actually written, by people with knowledge and no one is ever paid any money to write.
People created the most extensively researched online encyclopedia, a common man’s encyclopedia for free.
I write both fiction and non-fiction. I have written short stories and started writing my first novel but I never got the strength to complete it. I have also written articles on blogs about technology and education.
Do I get paid to write?
Yes and no.
I sometimes get clients and I write articles for them and sometimes I write for free. Being a student and a freelance writer I had to struggle to find time to complete the client projects. But now I am a full-time writer. I mostly write for this blog. And I am searching for a full-time writing job.
How can you be a writer?
Also check out the complete guide on How to Become a Writer
To be a writer you need to do one thing, start writing. You can start writing about stuff that you know. You can write articles, stories or novels. You can write whatever you want to.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the required skills.
What you need the most is the drive and the motivation to write.
What are the skills to be a writer?
There are many skills that can help you be a better writer. One skill among them is knowing the grammar of the language you are planning to write in. but if you are not confident about your grammar then don’t worry. Even I am not an expert in grammar. But the thing is you learn as you write.
“Learn as you write”Imran Soudagar, write-online.com
Reading books help a lot in becoming a better writer. You will get an idea of how successful writers write. The way the author describes things and the different points of view he used.
Best way to showcase your writing
The best way of showcasing your writing is by writing a blog, like this one. I write and post it here and it is pretty easy and people from different countries can read your blog.
Advice to budding writers:
Remember these 6 tips.
- Write in a language you are comfortable with.
- Write what you know and keep researching.
- Keep it short and simple.
- In the beginning, don’t worry about the grammar, just write straight from your heart.
- Keep writing no matter what your readers say. The more you write the better you will write.
- You can read Writing for the web by Crawford Kilian to learn more about writing for online media.
I hope these tips will be helpful to you. And if you are in search of a writer then do contact me through the contact form or through my Facebook profile.
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