Is the writer born or made? Can we all write? What do we need to get the 'Cervantes' that we all have inside? Is there any ideal age at which to jump into writing? For the writer and trainer in creative writing for more than 20 years, and Director of Portaldelescritor, Diana P. Morales, We can all write a book. It doesn't matter the moment or the age. Moreover, many of the great writers and writers began their literary career after middle age.
Morales shares 8 practical tips For those who wish to become writers. Diana P. Morales is the new voice of the Spanish science fiction with his work 'Voices on the banks of the world ", a prospective novel set in the second half of the 21st century.
Tips to become a writer
1. Write regularly
Write, write a lot, write regularly and despite everything. That would be the first of Diana P. Morales's advice. "Write at least one page a day and try to be precise. Writing a lot and on a regular basis is the best recipe to learn and improve as writers, "he says.
2. Ask for opinions and learn from them
At some point, if you aspire to be a writer, at some point your work will have to see the light and will be judged by the readers. Before that moment Share your manuscript with people you trust, those that you know are going to be critical in a constructive and sincere way.
When you receive the criticism or comment, rate it and learn from it. Don't take it as a personal attack, they just want to help you.
3. Read (almost) every day
There is no better teacher for a writer than the great authors and authors of all ages. To be a writer, daily reading is almost an obligation that not many will feel as such. Reading is the food of writing.
4. Write for your own pleasure
You don't need to write just thinking about publishing. The writing that arises in moments of relaxation or for oneself it is also practical and from it one also learns.
The expert recommends Write a personal diary. "That your privacy does not intimidate you. This daily exercise is fundamental. In the newspaper there are no more rules than those that you impose. It is the gymnastics of the creative writer," he says.
Some of the most famous newspapers of all time are the newspapers of Anaïs Nin. A diary written in several volumes throughout a lifetime, more than thirty-five thousand pages.
5. Deadlines, objective and routine
Set yourself deadlines and clear objectives. They will help you not to lose focus € but be realistic. If you set goals impossible to achieve you will only get frustrated and block you even more. Set a routine. "For all those who write, many times the most difficult thing is to sit down to write. The simple act of writing and creating something new faces all your doubts and insecurities: if you write despite everything, the doubts will fade away," he shares. Morales.
Observe when you are more creative and your mind is clearer, If it's in the morning or at night. Search at least a gap in your weekly schedule -can be an hour, two or three- and reserve it for writing; yes, you have to be constant.
Even one hour a week is more than enough to start and in a few months you will notice a breakthrough.
Because just as important is to cultivate the habit of writing by marking you schedule, a writer's worst enemy and, for stories to flow, We must have a clear and clear mind. There is a time to create and another to review.
Every writer or writer has inside a child who plays and an adult who puts order, but they can never be together at the same time in the same room, because they cancel. Both are necessary in the process of writing, but let time pass between one and the other, "says Morales.
"In addition, it is necessary let the text rest too. I recommend you spend at least one night between the writing process and the review process; Even if it is more, better. You will see the text again with new eyes. "
7. Study writing techniques
As in any profession to be able to exercise it as the best (being able to get the most out of your skills, and even make a dent in the market) and be at the forefront you have to train. exist multitude of creative writing courses (more than 20 in the Portaldelescritor) adapted to your interests or needs.
"Also, a writing course forces you to write regularly and serves to test new techniques and open up to different genres and possibilities; in addition, you will meet people who love to write and in this lonely trade it never hurts to have a tribe of like-minded people. "
8. Have faith, learn from your mistakes and criticism
Writing is also a mental attitude and a process of self-knowledge. The temptation to throw in the towel is high and all the people we write have happened to us. Have faith, Give yourself space and distance with the text. Be proud of what you have created, learn your mistakes and criticism. Don Quixote already told Sancho "Let them laugh, Sancho; we will always have the glory of having tried."
"Take care of your writing, don't settle for the first thing you write, read a lot (a lot), Especially good literature. And go out there to show what you do, even if it's scary or embarrassing at first. Find yourself a tribe that encourages you and pushes you. And believe in you: writing, like any creative trade, requires a lot of courage and you already have it. Feel proud and move on — not by little and despite everything — that you will achieve so much. I see it every year, students in my workshops and fellow writers who are finishing books, making itself known, publishing and winning awards. Persist, seek to be better every day and seek support in your path, that is the only secret, "summarizes Morales.
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