How to become a writer?
From the very childhood you wanted to write exciting storiesin the style of A. Dumas? Or did the awareness of the literary vocation come after enthusiastic reviews of the articles printed in the university newspaper? Often the desire to write comes with age, as experience accumulates. In any case, let's try to figure out how to become a writer.
I'd go to writers ...
Yes, and let them teach me! And do they teach somewhere "on a writer"? Many people do not hesitate to answer: in the literary institute. Or maybe at the Faculty of Journalism or Philology. And they will be wrong.
Even in such a serious university as MoscowThere is no literary institute of the writer's faculty. The Institute produces literary employees and editors of various profiles. The main creative directions: children's literature, prose, drama, poetry, literary criticism, journalism, artistic translation.
Future laborers are taught everything thatpromotes their intellectual, cultural and creative development. This is a really good education. And anyone can dispose of it for "selfish" purposes, that is, try themselves in the writers' field. And the number of famous writers among graduates of the university confirms this.
There is also a widespread opinion that the writerdo not need to learn at all. Who, for example, taught this craft Dostoevsky or Tolstoy, Remarque or Hemingway? The answer is simple: they were all very well educated. And even "not ending universities," Hemingway from childhood read so many books, had a lot of hobbies (music, biology, boxing) that he started writing already at school, and then became a journalist.
If you have decided: I want to become a writer - remember that a good all-round education is simply necessary. Not necessarily philological, it generally can be non-humanitarian (for G. Heine, for example, it was economic). But its presence has not prevented anyone.
The study of the future writer implies not onlyattending lectures. The expression "school of life" is, of course, banal, but it accurately reflects the essence. Life experience, impressions, hobbies - a necessary arsenal of the writer.
Why do good writers become basicallyin adulthood? Yes, because the necessary amount of events, emotions, accumulates. Not only activity is important, but spiritual experience as well. As they say, the work of the soul, where without it?
The same Hemingway after school became a reporter,covered many interesting (and not so) events, visited the war, was wounded, moved to Europe. How it affected his work - do not need to explain. L. Tolstoy after the Crimean War wrote "Sevastopol Stories"; Lermontov, thanks to the service in the Caucasus - a lot of works.
This is not an appeal to go to war (the war is bad). Work, travel (as in V. Aksenov) - these are your universities. As much communication as possible, with a variety of people (in the piggy bank of types, plots). Although there are exceptions to this rule: F. Kafka was an extremely reserved person, he gained fame after his death.
Write and write again
The one who decided that it was necessary to wait for old age, andthen start to create "netlenku" - is mistaken. The significance of the experience of literary work is indisputable. Write about everything, write every day (or night), write to everyone (genre epistolary), write everywhere - in a train, plane, on the beach (fences do not count).
Observe, think, invent your worlds. Write down thoughts, feelings, plots, impressions. Then sharpen the text. The amount of written itself will not go into quality - do not flatter yourself. No, well, I'm a talent, I'll become a writer !, - you can say. Maybe. If there is a talent, it will manifest itself. But it can simply not be noticed for illiterate text. You probably know how the manuscripts of great writers look (how many options, alterations). And in their genius no one doubts.
It is important to master precisely the technique of literarywork. This will help books (world classics), textbooks (special literature), lectures, etc. Try to write for sites, newspapers, television programs. There are editors who will point out mistakes. Do not wait for inspiration, work.
That soldier is bad ...
You, of course, do not dream of becoming a general (although a general can be a writer). But that writer who does not dream of becoming popular is bad. How to become a famous writer?
In addition to the above, learn to make your works interesting for the reader. Written should like not only you. It should cling to the first phrase, or even better with the name.
I'll have to learn how to promote my creations, communicate with editors, publishers. They become the first unprejudiced readers (relatives and friends are biased).
In general, the main answer to the question: how to become a writer? - work and work again.