Like an artist or a composer, a person does not become a writer. You either are or are not one. This craving, this passion, this need to get your thoughts out is an ingrained part of you. As soon as you began connecting words with books and the life around you, your inate talent was being formed. As a child, picture books and chapter books gave you an understanding of what storytelling and poetry were about and your imagination took flight. Even before you could write, you were probably making up stories and daydreaming about all sorts of things.
Once you accept that you are a writer, you need to embrace this wonderful way with words you have by honing your gift through education, experiencing life, asking for help, accepting constructive criticism, and ignoring naysayers. But, most of all, do not stop writing and reading. Do not let brilliant stray thoughts get away from you. Keep a pad of paper and pen/pencil by your bed in case you wake up from a terrific/horrific dream or the book you are reading has inspired an idea or character. If you drive a lot, buy/borrow a voice-activated recorder for your thoughts, ideas, observations; do not write or text while you drive. Take notes wherever you go – grocery store, post office, cafe, school, work, airport, etc. Who cares if people look at you and wonder what the heck you’re doing? Writers write!
If you have chosen a genre in which to become published, go to as many workshops as you can. Needless to say, the internet has opened up a plethora of sites for writers. Choose and utilize the ones best suited to you. Subscribe to a couple writing magazines, like Poets & Writers and Writer’s Digest. Enter writing and poetry contests as often as possible.
Writing is about words and putting them together to delight, inform, or provoke. Reading shows you how others do this well, or not so well. Much can be learned from reading; authors can be inspirational. Your main writing goal should be to write like your favorite authors, who treat you to books you hate putting down.