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Five Quick Steps To Start Writing

OwlWHY IS IT HARD TO JUST START WRITING?

Whether we are just beginning to write, or have been writing for years, sometimes just getting started can seem difficult. Why? Does it mean we don’t want to write? Or, maybe we have forgotten something important – the reason we wanted to write in the first place.

Even established writers can lose sight of their earlier motivation, yet often these early motivations are the strongest and it is important we get back in touch with whatever it is that motivates us.  I have tried various methods but have found the following to be the most effective for me. I have created a process that I know will work – all you have to do is try.  I have made this process as easy as I can by breaking  it down into five quick steps and I know these steps work because I’ve tried them.

FIVE QUICK STEPS TO START CREATIVE WRITING

1. DECIDE WHEN TO WRITE

  • Choose a time and a day when you have some free time to write. Write this in your diary – like an appointment.
  • Make your family aware that this is your private time. Explain that you  need to be free from interruptions in order to concentrate. If you really can’t do this then choose somewhere away from home like a library of cafe.
  • Once you have designated a place to write –   keep it private.

Complete this sentence by writing down where and when you are going to write.

I AM GOING TO WRITE   ……………………………………………………………………..

2. DECIDE WHAT TO WRITE

  • Buy a small notebook and designate this as your ideas book. Make the notebook small (pocket-size) enough to bring everywhere with you. Remember that ideas come from everywhere; from our life experience and that of others, from newspaper and magazine articles, from people we see in our everyday lives – everywhere you can think of.
  • Keep asking yourself questions. Ask yourself what if. What human situation intrigues me? What makes me fascinated, angry, curious, happy, sad?
  • Keep another notebook by the bed. Sometimes ideas come at night when you are sleepy and relaxed. If you don’t write them down – I can almost guarantee you that the ideas will be gone by morning.

Finish this sentence:

I AM GOING TO WRITE ABOUT ………………………………………………………………

3. KILL YOUR INNER CRITIC

  • Please note I said ‘inner’ critic! I am definitely not advocating killing anyone who criticises your work – however tempting that may be. No, what I mean by  inner critic is the internal voice that expresses your personal doubts and fear. Writers often experience this, particularly in the early stages. To subdue this voice try telling yourself:
  • Writing is a craft that improves with experience and practice.
  • The more I write the more I will gain experience, learn and improve.
  • My writing is mine. My experiment, my journey of discovery.

Complete this sentence:

HOW WILL I KILL MY INNER CRITIC? …………………………………………………….

4. START GETTING MOTIVATED

  • Find out why you want to write in first place. Could it be one of the following?
  • Writing is enjoyable. You like it or, like me, you love it.  After all it is one of the most rewarding as well as inexpensive of past times.
  • Writing is your chance to have your say on a wide variety of subjects.
  • You get to experience the world through the eyes of your characters.
  • The freedom. Think about it. You can be outrageous, bizarre, horrifying, sexy, hilarious, terrifying, sad, funny, satirical – what ever you want.
  • You can do it in your pyjamas with hair monkey hair!
  • I want to make money without leaving my house.

Think about it – then finish this sentence:

I WANT TO WRITE BECAUSE  ………………………………………………………………

5. SET YOUR GOALS

  • Some writers find setting goals helpful. Maybe a word target, i.e. 500 words a day, or per week – as long as it is suitable for you. Some set word targets i.e. 5 pages per week or 25 pages per week. Maybe your free time varies from week to week, so maybe a monthly target suits you better say 30 pages per month.
  • If you prefer you can set goals in terms of completed work. So a short story by the end of the month or a novel in 12 months.
  • Only you can set these goals. You know what is realistic in terms of the free time you have available and only you know the pace of your own writing.  You may begin to write faster after a while, or you may find some more time. Review your goals carefully then as long as you keep them in mind and keep them realistic, you will soon have a writing routine as well as a decent stack of pages to motivate you even more. Decide on your goals and then finish this sentence: MY WRITING GOALS ARE   ………………………………………………………….

By the way, if you find writing goals is not for you that’s okay. This is not a one size fits all approach.  There have been times where I have found setting goals extremely helpful and yet at other times ‘deleting’ my goals has had an invigorating effect on me. Sometimes you need to simply see what happens when you rip up the to-do list.

I hope these exercises help you as much as they helped me. If you would like to try some more quick step exercises then be sure and click below to visit one of the following pages:

Five Quick Steps To Writing A Synopsis

Five Quick Steps to Breaking Writer’s Block

Don’t forget if any of this has helped you please like or share or let me know in the comments. I love hearing from other writers.

Best of luck with your writing.

Grace

 

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