How To Become A Writer

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    Do you want to know how to become a writer?

    Here is a fun view of the writer’s journey.

    First, there is the fear…

    You slowly start to get traction.

    But where are the readers?

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    You start to make friends online.

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    You meet amazing people.


    But you still feel that you’re not a real writer…

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    Sometimes, you just want to hide away.

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    But within, hidden strength is growing.

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    Not everyone is happy about that…


    But you know that you’re onto a winner!

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    And finally …

    You sing your song  – and the world hears you.

    That’s how you become a writer.

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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    • Suey says:

      I have written thousands of words but still feel timid about how good I am and not sure about allowing anyone else read my writing. I guess it is a matter of just doing it and put it out there.

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    • Hi Miste, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      All best wishes for your journey as a writer!

    • I identified with everything and just loved the graphics but most of all the encouragement to write.

    • stephen says:

      Hi Mary -you could check out Jay Greenstein’s blog -he’s a grumpy writing coach and published author -many good tips.

    • Sue Bacon says:

      I am at the “Onto a winner” stage entering the “Sing your song.” It’s completed and I am going to be working on the cover art soon. I still have fears that it is not good enough, but I also know that it is a solid story. My plans are to publish it on all the e-readers I can find. Once that is done I am onto the next book!

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Hey, that’s great news. Sue! Do make sure you let the WritetoDone community know when your book is finally done!

    • Hi,

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      I don’t know that I will ever be a writer, in the classic sense, but I do get joy out of knowing that
      words I add to the scene might be of value to at least one other person in the world…


      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Interesting …

        Your comment made me think about a funeral I went to today. It was for a friend who inspired many and worked hard to save the environment. He was such a valuable human being.

        And then I began to think about what makes a life valuable.

        Do we have to do great things for the masses for our life to count?

        I don’t think so. I think the value of human endeavor is counted as one plus one plus one.

        What I mean is, just touching ONE person’s life gives our life meaning.

        In terms of writing, if what you write is of value to just ONE person, your writing has meaning and value.

    • Cynthia Pearson says:

      Thanks for your post. I move between the scaredy cat and pitiful-looking-puppy stages. But I am glad that there are so many others facing similar challenges.

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Hi Cynthia, one of the things that’s difficult as a writer is that we are in the dark. We think that nobody else has doubts, creative crises, and hangups about writing. Every writer shares those emotions at one time or another.

        The most important thing is to keep on writing 🙂

    • Mary Jaksch says:

      Oh, that’s a very interesting thought, Monna!

    • Hi Mary,

      Wonderful post. I think each time I write something I go through each stage that you showed above. I see some of the previous comments are at different stages. I say just move on and “do it.” You never know what will happen until you try it.

      Have a wonderful day to everyone.

    • I’m at the “strength hidden within” stage. I continue to learn from Carol, Linda, and Mary, but I haven’t yet sold an idea. I’m querying more, but so far there have been no takers. I am building my confidence, and I know I’m close to selling an idea for an article. I just have to stay the course.

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        That sounds good, Ronn. You’re poised for success!

    • opsimath says:

      I found this both funny and depressing. Funny because it is all so true, depressing because I know I shall never make it past the ‘scaredy-cat’ stage.

      I honestly believe that writing is a gift, like painting or making music, and it is one I don’t possess; the more I read about writing, think about writing and fret about writing, writing seems to get further and further away and what little confidence I once had goes with it.

      Stayers and strayers – it’s the same old story. If you are one and try to be the other you will never find happiness.

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Hey, hey, hey! You’ve got the wrong end of the stick! Firstly, your comment itself shows how naturally and elegantly you use words. Secondly, the fact that you think and fret about writing is a sign of talent that wants to break free and shine.

        Dr. Jaksch diagnoses: it’s just your confidence that’s a bit dented and needs a boost.
        Treatment plan: Write daily! (And don’t listen to the voice in your head about not being good enough).

    • What a cool perspective to take.

      I’ve been in the ‘hide away’ stage (which was getting me a little sad) but your next pic, ‘hidden strength is growing,’- another insightful way to look at things- really perked me up.

      A reclining tiger suits me right about now, Thanks!

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Dear Reclining Tiger – I’m delighted that you are sensing your inner strength! I look forward to seeing that tiger wake up and start prowling, Mona.

    • I needed this Friday smile, Mary. Thanks. I try not to be negate, but the grumpy cat was by far my favorite!

    • Ken says:

      I’m the raccoon, for sure!

    • Kimi says:

      Ha ha, loved it! I’m still the fear cat at the top. 😉

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Yes, everyone is at the Scaredy Cat stage at some time, Kimi 🙂

    • David says:

      I’m past the initial fear stage and currently in the developing inner strength stage. To me this means I am in the process of developing my own voice and message. I’m off to a good start. I’ve been reading your posts for some time now, Mary. This one has greatly encouraged me. Hearing the stories of other writers’ journeys gives me confidence that I’m on the right path.

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Sounds promising, David!

    • Thanks for putting that together. It was fun and I know it took time to find all the pictures.

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        I enjoyed putting it together, Jean. Thanks for the friendly feedback. I appreciate it..

    • Marilyn says:

      Awww.So cute!

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        I fell in love with the puppy next to the boots, Marilyn… 🙂

    • I have been at each of the stages but one. However, with my deadline of 14th July 2014 I should, should being the optimum word, be singing my song soon enough.

      Amusing article. Thanks

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Hey David, let us hear your song come mid July! You’re poised for success 🙂

    • tsele faso says:

      I’m a cat! I wonder sometimes if my work is good enough! However, I’m working hard to improve!

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        All writers have times when they wonder whether they are ‘good enough’, Tsele. The best thing to do is to just keep on writing!

    • I am definitely at the puppy stage! So cute he looks next to those boots! But I write regularly, I have people that read my blog, and some of them have given me some excellent advice and help. Now I’m looking over the edge into the big outside world of writing and going “How on earth do I get over this big canyon to there?” It’s really scary to try and break out as a writer!

      • Mary Jaksch says:

        Hi Jess, it’s great to see you poised to break out as a writer! I look forward to seeing where your journey will take you.

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