If you want to be a writer, I have one advice for you:
Sit down and WRITE.
And if you can - write EVERY DAY.
Be it five minute, or a page. Be consistent.
You don't have to be good at it. You don't have to be smart. Or funny. Or creative.
You just have to DO IT. You'll learn by doing. And in time, you'll grow.
And if you do it every day, it will become easy for you to say the frightening words: I AM A WRITER.
That is it. There's no better way to learn to do it than to do it.
All the best classes you take, all the books you read and all the podcast you'll hear will tell you this: the most important thing to do to be a writer is TO WRITE.
It's really no rocket science, people.
And no money is needed, no equipment, nothing but some allocated time and a pen.
You run out of ink? Write on empty. You run out of paper? Write on your body. On the floor. On the walls. Get a dry erase board, write on THAT.
Don't get attached to your writing. Don't fall in love with it.
Treat it like a mandala or a puzzle: make it, so you can undo it, and then begin again tomorrow.
The cycle of creation and destruction. Until some gems will birth and stick around day after day...And those gems... you'll know when they glow at you... when they shine at you, beaming. Those gems will make their way through you and out unto the world. And then you will say, proudly, humbly and with great respect to the mystery of art....: I AM A WRITER.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman