When I was small and hobbit-sized, I became a writer.
I would like to tell you a glorious tale of how (as a child) I had a wild imagination and ended up writing books of magic and wonder that flowed from the inspiration of my skull. Unfortunately, that isn’t entirely true.
Mime started writing one day and everyone said, “Oh look how clever little Mimey is!” So I wrote my own stapled-together books too. (I’m motivated by jealousy.)
Let’s move on.
I was twelve.
I used to type my stories out, too, by the way. Basically “published them”.
I also had artistry skills (as a great writer should).
But (here comes the confession) I was a perfectionist.
I think this is the trap of every newbie writer: wanting to write awesomely.
Maybe this sounds negative but…you need to suck at writing. Yes, some sickening people have gobs of natural talent. Lucky them. The rest of us start off being bad at writing.
Thing is, we need to own it.
If you want to be a writer, you have to practise. Little 12-year-old me did not understand why I couldn’t come up with the perfect first sentence or story. I didn’t like unfinished projects though, so I kept going.
Even when my pages looked like this:
Age doesn’t matter. Beginning writers just write badly.
3 ways to stop sucking at writing
2. Write a lot (duh)
3. Remember: there’s this thing called REVISIONS.
There are many things to add to this list, but these are my top 3.
And, hey look! It worked out. I do it now. I do it mildly better than before. (But my handwriting is still as bad.)
oh and do you despair of writing eloquently? any tips to add to my 3 of advice to newbie writers? go wild in the comments, peoples.
Cait dug these notebooks out of the back of her cupboard and took a stroll down memory lane rereading her scribbles. It’s half cute, half embarrassing. Why did all her families feature 3 or 22 children?! And why did they all start with “it was a dark and stormy night”?! She’s not even joking. But this is a lesson to you: save your writing. It’ll be cute one day.