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How to Start professional Writing from Scratch – beginner’s Guide

Anyone can write! Yes, you heard it. ANYONE. Writing is a craft and just like any other craft, it can be learned and perfected. But where do you start? well, let me share three simple tips that will help you kick-start your writing habit. These methods have long been used and their results are astonishing.

Step to Become a Professional Writer:

Following steps will help you to become a professional Writer

1. Observe

In order to write something, you’ve got to know something about that something. Only then will you be able to transfer all that information to paper. So, detach yourself from the world for a moment and just observe; take it all in. See how people talk and interact, how they pass certain remarks on certain occasions. How do they do that? observe how a person reacts to a certain situation and how he interprets it. Don’t pass any judgment; just keep looking and take it all in.

When you are outside, look harder. Observe how the skyscrapers look from your perspective. Look at the stores and houses more closely to study the texture, architecture and spacing. Take a trip to an underground railway station. Observe the curves, patterns and the textures that the earth has made underground. Observe more closely to spot out the things left unnoticed. Try to take the whole thing in; the combination of plastic and metal with the rocks, the trains entering and leaving the station, people interacting and chatting and the whole effect that it leaves you. Use this observational method wherever you go.

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While at home, observe and study something ordinary. Just like any art students practices his craft by drawing pots, fruits and everyday objects, you can do that too. Take a simple object like a kettle, an iron or even your coat. Observe it keenly and in detail. Explore its different dimensions and layers. Gradually move to more complex subjects like your cell phone, a laptop or your bookshelf.

2. Think

Observing always leads to thinking. Observation and processing that observation, this duo has helped mankind since long. Very long! People like Socrates have used this duo to compose their complex philosophies. Newton’s laws and Shakespeare’s plays, all are a fruit of this duo. But what to think and more importantly, how? Suppose, a friend has invited you for a cup of tea at his place. While chatting about the weather and the poor economy, take a mental step back and describe the whole scenario. Describe your whole environment as if you were writing it down. But do this in your head; otherwise you’ll look psychotic! Describe how and when were you invited? Where is the place? How does it look? How many people are there? What are you wearing? What kind of room are you sitting in? How does your friend look? Is there a painting on the wall, a decorative item or a fancy piece of furniture? It can be anything that captures your attention. Think about it. The tea, the laughter, the excitement… Hence, think “writely” about all that you have observed so far. In this way, your mind will slowly be trained about the descriptive ways of writing and it will aid you whenever and whatever you may write.

3. Write Daily

The most important of them all is to write on a daily basis. It’s just like doing workout; you can’t skip it if you want good results. Don’t have enough time at your hands? Set an alarm and wake up an hour earlier than you usually do. It doesn’t matter what you write, it can be a shopping list, a thank you note or even about your bedroom. Maintain it on a daily basis. When you don’t feel like writing, just put an interrogative punctuation mark (?) and write the date. Think why you haven’t written anything? Think about your goals and ambitions. If they couldn’t motivate you to write three or four lines, i don’t know what will…

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Apart from these basic techniques, read a lot of books and newspaper. If you want to write a killer story, the inspiration might just be in your local newspaper. Listen to interviews of writers, artists and musicians. They are a source of inspiration as well as help to build an understanding this craft.