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Six Tips To Start Writing - Part Two

Keyboard4. Next decide when you're going to write.

This is quite a personal thing. Some people do their best work early on in the day and will have done their writing before breakfast. Others find it easier to burn the midnight oil and work late into the night. We recommend that you allocate a regular time for writing otherwise life can take over and your writing is then pushed to one side.

5. Why do you want to write?

This is important as it will determine how much time you need to dedicate to your writing.

Do you want to be famous? Even though some writers become very famous, most don't. If this is your motivation then writing may not be for you.

Do you want to make money? It is possible to earn a decent income as a writer if you are prepared to put in the hours. Writing is also a good option if you want to earn some extra cash in your spare time.

Do you want to write for pleasure? Well hopefully you do. Writing is a pleasure no matter what your other reasons for doing it are. But if you're writing just for your own pleasure then you can be more relaxed about where, when and what you write about.

Do you want to educate? There are lots of options for writers if you're wanting to impart your knowledge including 'how to' books, text books, articles and blogs.

Do you want to inspire? This is a great reason to write and, depending on what you write, it can be very creative.

There are many more reasons why people want to write. You'll probably have more than one reason so, whatever they are, write them down and keep them to hand. You can then remind yourself why you are writing when you’re feeling uninspired.

6. How can you learn to be a writer?

The best way to learn to write is to write, write, write and write some more. And then edit, edit, edit. Writing is a process. You need to do your research, then you write your first draft. Put it aside for 24 hours then start editing.

If you have never written before you may want to get some help. You can take courses or join groups. Having feedback from an expert is the best and quickest way to develop your writing skills.

The Writers Bureau courses provide you with a wealth of knowledge on how to become a successful writer with the help and guidance of a professional writer who'll be your personal tutor. If you want to start writing then click here to find out how The Writers Bureau can help you develop the skills you need.


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“All I knew when I joined up with The Writers Bureau is that I'd always wanted to write and never had the nerve to start. I've been an avid reader from an early age, and 'being a published writer' seemed like an unobtainable dream. The Writers Bureau opened my eyes to possibilities that I'd never considered before - writing for magazines, pitching for non-fiction books, and researching the writing industry. On the 18th April 2019, my memoir On the Line - Life and Death in the Metropolitan Police was published in paperback by Two Roads Books.”

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