I Want To Be A Writer – What Do I Do Now?
I met the nineteen year old son of a friend of mine the other day. He’s at Uni, studying something or other, it doesn’t seem important. We exchanged the usual banter, slapped each other on the back, told a joke or two, then he completely threw me by saying…… “Steve, I’ve decided I want to be a writer. You know about these things, what do I do now? Screenplays? Books?”
He’s a bright lad, mature for his age, creative, and has a fantastic sense of humour. His strong points, and everybody comments on this, are his charm and engaging personality. In other words he is good with people.
His interests appear to be the usual teenage fare…music, falling in and out of love, photography, acting, older women, French girls, Chinese girls…..well that will do for starters. Actually, as I’m typing this I wish I had replied “Forget writing. Politics for you my boy!” But I didn’t.
So what did I say? Well, just one word….”Write”.
I think he was disappointed. I imagine he was expecting something profound. Actually, cancel that last statement, he knows me fairly well by now and ‘being profound’ is not my strong point. You will have gathered that.
No doubt our paths will cross again in a couple of months or so……so, I need to come up with some really good advice. Something profound. Something practical. Something that will sound attractive to the teenage mind and give him inspiration. Something that will make him money.
Or do I simply say “Forget it”?
It’s not easy. So, I’m asking for your help please. Any thoughts on the subject?
Oh, and this is not simply a ‘tease’ to get you to comment on my posts, to build up my ‘stats’ and boost my ‘ego’……well, not totally….I value your opinion. Mind you, come to think of it, I could get a book out of it…an eBook…what would it be called?
How about “Incredibly Important Words of Advice You Need To Read Right Now If You’re Foolish Enough To Want To Be A Writer” Perfect. Any contributions?