Aaron Harberts is an American television writer and producer. He was a co-showrunner of CBS's Star Trek. He is a television writer and showrunner. Read more about Aaron Harberts history and the most recent television work on his official website AaronHarberts.com

Tips For Aspiring Writers by Aaron Harberts

1. The desire to

Write? In the beginning, is the desire. Why do you want to write? If it is to do psychoanalysis in writing (and thus save 25 years and 100000 dollars) better to give up. If it's to earn money or have fame, or go on TV or impress your mom, give up.

The only honorable motivation seems to me to be: because the act of writing, of making a world, of living characters is already a necessity and a pleasure in itself (we can also admit as motivation: to impress a girl we are a lover).

2. Disabilities

The main problem of writing is that it is an absolute solitary act. One is alone with one's leaf and oneself. If you have nothing to say to others or to tell yourself, writing is only going to make you measure this inner emptiness. Sorry. you can follow Aaron Harberts for inspiration.

There is no act that is not with counterparties. If you become a professional writer "serious" prepare to spend at least 5 hours a day locked alone in front of a computer, a typewriter or notebook. Do you feel it able?

3. A craft

It is said that to succeed you need three things: talent, work, and luck. But that two are enough. Talent more work, we do not need luck. Talent plus luck, we do not need work. Work luck, we do not need talent. Since we can not act on luck, better than the talent and work.
How do we know if we have the talent?

In general, people who have the talent to write have already made the habit of telling stories to those around them. They take pleasure in telling lived or read events, and of course, we want to listen to them. It is not obligatory but it is the first sign.

Often people who tell jokes well end up understanding the mechanisms of the advance of a plot and a fall. The joke is the haiku of the novel. Besides, any good novel must be able to be summed up in a joke.

4. Read

We must read the kind of books we want to write about. If only to find out what other writers, faced with the same problems, have done. We also have to read books of genres that we do not necessarily like if only to know what we do not want to do.

5. Finding a master of writing

Finding a master does not mean copying or plagiarizing. It means being in the spirit, the freedom, the way of developing the stories of this or that. There are no contradictions with the law a little lower on the originality.

Reading can allow you to break down structures as if you were dismantling a Maserati car engine to see how it's done. This does not prevent you from constructing a Lamborgini otherwise.


Writing is a craft. You have to taste that, then maintain it regularly. No good writer without a regular work rhythm. Even if it's once a week. Then we are always at school. Each book will teach us something new in how to make dialogues, cutting, to quickly pose a character, to create a suspense effect.

That's the craft. Above all, do not be fooled by writers' TV interviews or interviews of these writers ... These are just attitudes. True craftsmanship can not be shown there. And do not forget that it is not because an author goes on TV or is beautiful or smiling that he is a good craftsman. He's just a good guy on TV in the role of a writer.

In general, the more serious they are, the more they impress. The only way to know what a writer is worth it to read it. The only way to know where you are in your craft is to ask your readers what they think of your books.

7. The inspiration

In fact, often, inspiration comes from resilience. We suffer in his life so we need to talk about it in writing to take the world to witness. For example, someone has hurt you; you are not avenging yourself by acts, you are avenging yourself in writing by making a doll with his effigy and by planting intriguing needles.

In the end, the hero breaks the figure to the doll with the effigy of your opponent. It is said that happy people have no history. I believe him. If one is completely happy satisfied with everything one already has why embark on the hazardous adventure of writing? At the limit, I understand that once you're a professional writer, writing becomes in itself a sort of quest for the grail, the perfect book, but here again, is a frustration to settle.

So suffering. Yes in writing there is necessarily an act of revenge against something or someone. Or at least a challenge to take up.

8. Originality

A book or story must bring something new. If what you are doing is in the extension of this or that or that looks like this or that it is not worth doing it. This or that has already done so. You must be as original as possible in form and substance. The story must not look like anything known. The style must be new. If you bother printing houses and cut down trees for paper pulp, you have to bring something extra with your manuscript.

9. The end

If the reader finds out who the killer is or how the book ends at the beginning or the middle, you have not fulfilled your contract towards him. So, to be sure of having a surprising end, it is better to start by writing the end then the path that will prevent to find it.

10. Surprise

You must surprise at the conclusion, but you must always have a desire to surprise each page. It is necessary that the reader say each time "ah that. I did not expect it". The Romans wrote at the entrance of theaters "Stupete Gentes" that could be translated "People prepare to be surprised". To surprise his reader is politeness.

Author's Bio: 

Aaron Harberts has worked on some of the most beloved TV shows in the past two decades.