Start? You’re already writing.
Make every Facebook entry you post as if it was going to be published in the most esteemed publication you could imagine.
Imagine a single comment you write will reverberate across time, spoken by millions, long after you’re no longer aware.
Treat each sentence with the same importance you would a paper that’s about to get reviewed by the most rigorous journal, the most critical professor, the most judgmental public….
… and if you can stand behind them and say:
I SAID THAT! I AM JES SCOTT AND THOSE ARE MY WORDS!
Then you’re doing it right.
and a PS:
As far as style goes? That’s just structured writing. Hate it myself. Can’t stand it. Even in school, the “introduction, three points and a conclusion” model in elementary drove me nuts and I’d never follow it.
Then again, I also never wrote for money.
But… I am successful at expressing what I’m thinking in words that I feel are clear and accurate, if not entirely precise [precision gives me a headache] and to me, that is victory.
I still have a long way to go: I need to type about 800 wpm for that. But for now, I can work with this. Your goals may differ. Your mileage may vary. But I think the ‘gist of it is correct: just as Ethan had said once, so very long ago:
“If you want to get good at writing, write. Start now, write what you know, and don’t get discouraged at crazy comments or negative feedback. The “practice” of writing will be a better education than any course ever will.”
-Ethan Siegel, 2015, 12th Month, 21st Day, Five Hours Prior to this Publication.