5 Key Writing Takeaways

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This is a summary of my ramblings when my good friend, Elydia Reyes, interviewed me.

Watch it below. You can also subscribe to her YouTube Channel. It’s totally worth it.

I’m no expert (yet), but here’s what you can learn from my writing journey so far.

Takeaway # 1

Reading inspired my writing. 

Since I was a child, I was a voracious reader. I even read product labels, post signs and comics! I love books and I love reading them. This later made me want to write my own stories.

So, if you’re seeking for inspiration for your writing, or you’re experiencing writer’s block?

READ!

Takeaway # 2

Write.

Don’t think about writing. Don’t talk about writing. WRITE! Sit on a chair, face the computer screen or your notebook or whatever you prefer, move those fingers, and WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!

Actual writing is the only way you can be a writer.

WRITE.

Takeaway # 3

Never stop learning.

Being a writer is a constant learning experience. Markets change, readers’ preferences change, platforms come and go, writing styles rise and fall. 

Writers must learn to adapt to these changes. In order to adapt, we must always educate ourselves. 

LEARN CONSTANTLY.

Takeaway # 4

Finish your novel / story / book.

“Finish your novel because you learn more that way than any other.” This famous quote by James Scott Bell is my favorite motto. He’s right. 

If you don’t finish your novel, you won’t know how it feels like to be able to create and sustain a written story up to its completion. You won’t get to know feedbacks from readers. You won’t know how you can improve as a writer, what more you need to learn and do. 

FINISH WHAT YOU WRITE.

Takeaway # 5

Be in it for the long haul.

It takes time. You can’t write one book and cross your fingers that it will be an instant hit. Being a writer means writing books–plural. You have to work on your craft, on understanding the market, on consistently putting out books out there for you to be able to build your brand, your writing style, to find your ideal readers. 

Write the next book. Learn. Finish. Repeat.

BE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL.

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