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The best way to get started (1 Viewer)

beaux

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What's the best way to get started in writing?

I'm an illustrator by profession. You can check out my website. I want to get into writing too. I'm interested in poetry, short stories, sketches and children's books. I read a lot!!!! I read at least two large novels a month, and then other crap.

So how does one go about getting started? In illustration there's a few essential books that I recommend to anyone looking to get into art. Are there any equivalents for writing? What activities are essential?

Thanks everyone. Looking forward to meeting y'all.

b
 

Kyle R

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I like to think that I just began writing on my own, only because I forget that I have taken dozens of creative writing classes. I recommend attending one.

Other than that, active reading by itself is a useful tool. By "active reading", I mean looking subjectively at something you're reading, and asking yourself questions, such as: "what makes this part so interesting? Why does this part make me feel bored? Why did I re-read this passage so many times?", and so on and so forth.

Answering your own questions will give you a solid foundation of understanding what works for you in writing, and you can apply that to your work.

And last but not least, working to accomodate reader feedback/criticism is a good learn-and-grow process.

Good luck!
 
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