Who’s a writer? What does it take? When should you start? From my perspective, there are so many intangibles for a writer. You have to first determine if writing, and the rigor associated with it, is something that intrigues you, calls you, and you love. Then, find a subject that is a strong interest, be committed to the process, find your unique writing style, and work to make it the best it can be. Also, pay close attention to details. My wife reminds me all the time…God is in the details. Sometimes your writing style is predicated on the writers you like best to read. There are a few writers that I enjoy and I read everything they write. A few of my favorite authors are John Grisham, Jim Collins, David Baldacci, Malcolm Gladwell, Randy Singer, D.L.Buffa, John Maxwell Joseph Finder, and Rick Warren. Since I am writing fiction these days, not all of these authors are on my current radar, but I still appreciate their writing styles.
Another key ingredient for me is the writing process. Some authors write every day. Others only write when they get “inspired”. So, each person is different. My days are all different. My day is a combination of writing, reading, planning, investigating, and holding business meetings. I believe that I am the king of multi-tasking. Some days I will allocate several hours to writing, especially when I encounters a story angle that I hadn’t previously considered. Other days I may only devote a short time to the writing process. But my motto is “Make sure you write something every day, however long or short.” I have a habit of completing a draft, giving it to a community of people to read, and not looking at my work for an extended period of time.
In the end, writing is like your DNA. Each of us has one that is unique. Some elements will be the same as others. Some will be quite different. It is important to recognize your own and allow it to guide you and your writing direction. Keep Writing!!!