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The Top 10 Things You Can Do to Become a Writer

It’s a question I get a lot: Is there a secret route to becoming a writer? What do I recommend aspiring authors do to further their grasp of the craft and get better at channelling their content? Well, here’s the list you’ve been waiting for: 

  1. Writing
  2. Writing
  3. Writing
  4. Writing
  5. Reading
  6. Reading
  7. Reading
  8. Reading books on writing
  9. Working for a literary agent
  10. Going to graduate school to study writing

You’re welcome.

Filed under: Mini-Blog / The Writer's Life

Comments (2)

  1. Jane Gerhard says:

    Dear BA,
    I have been stuck on #1 for a few years now. Do you have any advice for how I might advance to #2? I have a feeling that #2 is where the real action is.
    a fan in Providence

    1. Stuart Horwitz says:

      Dear Providence, Is that humility or zen you display? I think you have actually gotten to #8 and don’t need #s 9 or 10. So then you go back to #1. Oh, I see what you’re saying…

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