As a new author, I’m always looking up to those authors who inspire me with great writing. And Khaled Hosseini is one of them.
And Khaled Hosseini is one of them.
But like all great writers, they all start off at the same place I am currently at.
And that is right at the starting line. Where we haven’t written many words.
Or perhaps are struggling to write our words.
I came across this article where Hosseini talks about his writing practice and says :
I have met so many people who say they’ve got a book in them, but they’ve never written a word. To be a writer — this may seem trite, I realize — you have to actually write. You have to write every day, and you have to write whether you feel like it or not. Perhaps most importantly, write for an audience of one — yourself. – Khaled Hosseini
And this just took it right back to the basics for me.
There is so much to do as an Author-Entrepreneur today. From writing the book to editing, formatting, marketing, social media and developing an author platform.
But have we forgotten the most important and basic fundamental skill required to be a writer?
To be a writer, all we need to do is to write. And the writing must come first.
This doesn’t mean reading how-to books on how to write. Nor does it mean you are a writer if you sign up to a creative writing class.
Neither does a qualification like the MFA (Master in Fine Arts) necessarily make you a writer.
But what DOES make you a writer is when you write words. Real solid words.
You are a writer only when you create words. When you manifest your ideas from those invisible thoughts and turn them into solid black on white.
When you have the courage to silence your inner critic and write because you cannot hold back those words any longer.
When you allow your creativity to express itself in the form of sentences and paragraphs.
The words need to be on the page to be deemed a writer.
It’s OK if the words are rubbish. It’s OK if you have some typos. Or some grammatical errors.
Just get the words out.
It’s OK if you type on your laptop or scribble messily into your notebook.
It’s OK if you use green or red pens to write.
Heck, it’s even OK if you write in pencil.
But you just need to write first.
That is what makes you a writer.
What makes you a writer?