You’re a writer if you write. It’s as simple as that.
You don’t have to pass a test to be a writer. You don’t have to publish something to be a writer. There’s no barrier of entry.
That being said, there are some things you should do.
- Own it. Tell yourself you are a writer. Believe you are. Announce it to the rest of the world if you want. Be proud of being a writer, okay?
- Write. But more than just writing, you need to care about writing. You need to commit to it. You, my dear friend, will attempt to do what many are not willing to do. So your attitude matters more than theirs.
- Separate personal remarks from professional comments. If this is too difficult, train yourself. A thick layer of skin helps in this world.
You don’t really need me to tell you how to be a writer, do you? You already are one.
I’m sure those lists about what you need to bring on the first day of school are so omnipresent you don’t want to see another one of those lists. So to put us all out of our misery, I’m putting a spin on it with what not to bring on your first day of school.
- A past. It’s a new year so go in with a blank slate. Even if you left off on bad terms with some people, strive to amend your relationships. No, you don’t have to be best friends with them but be amiable if possible. It will make your life easier if there’s no awkwardness every time you walk by a certain someone.
- Stress. This won’t help you make the most out of your time at school. Besides, going in with too much stress will negatively impact your performance. A little adrenaline rush is not a bad thing however.
- An attitude. Nobody likes a negative or spiteful attitude. Your teachers don’t, your friends won’t, and your peers will be turned off before they even get to know you. So keep your emotions in check especially, in school when hundreds if not thousands of people are around to witness your behaviour.
- Misconceptions. Once again clear your mind, erase your preconceived notions, and start the new year right. You may hear rumours or stories from your older siblings or senior students but these aren’t always true.
- Excuses. “I missed the bus.” “I slept in late.” “My alarm didn’t go off.” None of that. You’re old enough by now to take full responsibility of yourself and your actions so if you make a mistake, correct it. If you slip up once, don’t slip twice. Forgo the excuses to get results. Or forgo the results and get excuses. It’s your choice.
This is also applicable to work too.