To write is to write. If that sounds simple to you, that’s because it is; however too often the simple definition of writing is distorted with the variety of concepts surrounding what it means to be a successful writer. No matter what you feel is required to write a story or if you’ve been misinformed on what it takes to find success as a writer, the truth is that all it takes is just to write.
Yes, many writers do do a lot of research, brainstorming, interviewing, reading, staring out of windows, and drinking coffee, but in the end, the reason that they’re successful is because they sat down and wrote a story. They could have spent years making sure that they’ll get each detail of trial procedure correct or looking into all of the theoretical physics around faster-than-light travel, but if they never actually sit down to write, then it was all for naught.
This post is short and just as much a reminder for myself as it is for anyone reading. It doesn’t matter how much stuff you think that have to do before putting pen to paper, or actions you think are necessary for others to view you as a writer (or for you to view yourself as one,) the only thing that is actually required is to write. It doesn’t matter if it’ll end up in the trash, get rewritten ten times until it’s unrecognizable, or just sit in a drawer for years. Just write something.
Bonus: For those that sit staring at a computer screen all day, here’s a free desktop background to help remind you what to do.
Just click your desktop resolution (or the closest one) and save the image.