How does a writer become a famous writer? This is a question that all writers ask when starting out. There is no set formula to it as some writers will achieve fame with only one book while others will go unrecognized for years. Advancing as a writer involves growing oneself as a better writer all the time, and the rest will follow. How can you grow in your writing?
You cannot be a writer without putting in the work. If getting a writing idea is the challenge, watch a movie, read a book and read blogs for inspiration. Try to learn as much as possible on what you want to write about.
Try out a writing exercise to put these newly learned skills to use. Search for writing prompts and use them as launching pads. You can start with short stories under 15,000 words to check out your writing style.
Once you get started, know that practice makes perfect. Look for persistent mistakes (grammatical, and typos) and learn to catch them before they occur. Pick on one or two writing elements to practice and perfect. This could be descriptions, dialogue, action sets and so on. Keep a journal of your writing exercises and keep going back to your previous works for progress comparison.
Join critique groups
Sharing your writing with a critique group will improve your skills and confidence as a writer. A critique group will help a lot in pointing out areas for improvement in your work. The members will ask questions about your plot and characters and through your answers identify opportunities missed in plot and character development. They will also point out where your vision and what you have written don’t connect. Finally, a good critique group will give suggestions on areas of improvement.
You can only know where you fit by experimenting. Try out a different writing genre for example poetry instead of your usual prose, or writing in the third person instead of first person. Going out of your comfort zone stretches your capabilities and helps you identify your shortcomings as a writer. You can also literally get out of your zone and write from a different location other than the usual, for example, the library instead of the coffee shop.
Always aim for publication
While it might not matter to you if you publish your work or not, that usually the aim for most authors. Send your work to publishers, magazines and writing competitions. Getting published will also make your work worthwhile from the earnings you get.