Why did you become a writer? This is a question people always ask me, especially when I’m on a book tour or at a book signing. My answer is always the same. I’ve never wanted to become a writer. I’ve become a writer after realizing that writing is one of the most beautiful things in life. It motivates people. It has the power to shake souls and it provides me, as a writer, an opportunity to express my views.
Writing can motivate because every piece of writing carries a message, and those who read it must get that message. Otherwise, the mission behind the message won’t be accomplished. That is why it’s required to write unequivocally, which means as a writer, you must do the best you can to minimize the room for misinterpretations. I strongly believe in this. Since in the field of writing, perfection is a relative term, you’ll never be able to please everyone. That was a lesson I learned the very moment I realized I was going to use my pen to further the cause of social justice.
This brings me to the second reason why I’ve become a writer. Writing offers me the most effective way to express my views, as I mentioned in the beginning. To me, writing is my invisible hand that allows me to reach out to a global audience and to influence millions of people.
Finally, like everything else in life, whatever you do, you must do it to the best of your knowledge. What I mean by that is you don’t have to be a grammarian to be a writer, but your writing must respect the grammar rules. Think of it, each time you go shopping, you go not just for the best deal, but also for the best product. So, I would encourage you to think of your book as ONE product in an over-saturated market. Your success will depend on the uniqueness of your product. Of course, you’ll also need a little bit of luck.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Studies at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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