First ask yourself these two questions: Do you really want to? and Can you keep up?
These questions are pertinent since if you are capable of writing and want to do it then there’s two things you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life: thinking and writing. If you’re not writing then you’ll be thinking about writing, and if you’re not thinking about writing or writing then you’ll be thinking. Now if you’re thinking about thinking you might just be bored and need to unplug for a little while, if you can. Writing is habitual in some cases and can leave you wanting more since it can be like a drug in many ways.
Don’t believe me?
Writing can be habit-forming.
You might not think it’s true or even possible to just want to sit and write for hours on end, but even authors such as myself have done it and never once balked at it. Some days I’ve gone for hours at a time before my body decided to remind me that I needed to take care of certain functions or risk making a huge mess or collapsing in my chair from starvation or dehydration or some other natural process I was forgetting.
As an addiction though writing is perhaps one of the most benign habits you could ever develop. But it will stick with you, it will remind you that every day there will be a compulsion to write, a burning desire that you can’t fully erase and something in you that just needs to be released if you’re going to feel like your normal self, if there is such a thing any longer.
The need to write is quite strong once it’s developed and in truth it’s something that can easily take up a lot of a person’s time if they don’t learn how to manage it.
One of the greatest parts about writing is that when it comes to thinking how to get the job done there’s no right way.
There’s your way, and so long as it works then you’ve found the right method by which to get the job done and keep your thought processes on track. One thing you’ll always want to learn however when trying to become a writer is that, depending on what you write, your thought processes will never be the same between one job and the next. There will be subtle to grandiose changes between one writing and another. Whatever is within the writer’s scope will become a part of their writing in some way, be it subject matter, tone, or even the attitude with which you write. The best writers will find a way to project their environment and their reaction to it into their work without ever letting on that they’ve done so.
So, are you really ready to think like a writer?