1. Do not flatter yourself
It won't be easy. It is far from glory and honor, but you will have to work a lot. As Hank of Californication says, "Being a writer sucks, it's like doing your homework for the rest of your life."
2. Read every day
“If you don’t have time to read, then you will not have time to write anything and you will not be able to.”
“Tolkien didn't read Tolkien-style fantasy, he read books on Finnish philology. Read something unexpected. "
"I can read a dozen boring books and make one interesting out of them."
3. Write every day
"Hangover or not, I write every day for three hours, as I get up, until I finish what I do."
“I've always told myself, treat it like a nine to five job. If you have a tight work schedule, you just go and work, and it doesn't matter if you feel good that day. I can sit down at the table every day and give out the daily allowance. I just don't give myself permission to shy away. "
Sign up for a library, writing courses, and online workshops. Or just practice writing lyrics. “To begin with, you can set yourself a task: one story per week, fifty-two stories a year, for five years. You will have to write a lot, throw away or burn a lot until something starts working out. Better to start right now to get the prep work done quickly. Because I am convinced that over time, quantity turns into quality. "
5. Convert your phobias and obsessions into a corporate identity
“I write about what scares me. I have never written about snakes because I am not afraid of them. I wrote about rats because they terrify me. I think when we write we are trying to get rid of our own phobias. "