Just write

I follow a lot of writers on various social media. Science fiction and fantasy writers. Comic book writers. Essayists. Novelists. Short fiction writers. I follow editors of all these things.

Many of these people are incredible generous with their time and attention when it comes to answering questions from fans. C.B. Cebulski tells everyone how to write comics. Seanan McGuire has Fifty Thoughts on Writing. Matt Fraction, Warren Ellis, Brian Bendis, and Kelly Sue DeConnick all give writing advice on Twitter.

Google your favorite author and writing advice. See what they have to say.

The thing is, everyone says the same thing. It all comes to the same thing. If you want to be a writer, write. I see the same usernames pop up again and again, asking lots of different people how to get into writing. It gives the impression that the questioner is hoping for some different, magical answer. An answer that will make everything easier.

There isn’t one. In fact, the only thing I can add to “just write” makes it harder.

Write. Write the best you can. Show it to other people. Listen when they tell you everything you have done wrong.

FIX IT.

Write more. Write again. Show it to people. Listen to what you have done wrong. Fix it. Write more. Write again. Show it to people. Listen to what you have done wrong. Fix it. Write more. Write again. Show it to people. Listen to what you have done wrong. Fix it. Write more. Write again. Show it to people. Listen to what you have done wrong. Fix it.

Do that for years.

At some point you will have become a writer.

Good luck.

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