I know from experience it can be hard to begin if you start with a blank page. That’s why I recommend that beginners start by trying some writing exercises.
The reason I always recommend starting with exercises is that the key to improving your writing is practice.
There are plenty of exercises for you to try on this site and my advice is to experiment and just try them, until you find one that you can lose yourself in.
Losing yourself in writing is a wonderful thing. It means you are focused and locked into your imagination. This creative force is very powerful and if you write regularly you will achieve this very enjoyable state.
Enjoying writing is important and at first you may not, but just remember that very few people sit down and produce a great piece of writing straight away.
It takes time but the more you write, the easier it will be and if you are enjoying your writing it won’t take long to improve.
It is really important that you are careful about choosing your projects, especially if you are planning a full length novel, or screenplay.
Don’t try to write ‘great literature’ if, in reality you may be better at writing thrillers, or comedy. Think about what you enjoy reading. This will have influenced you more than you realize.
EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR WRITING
In the beginning, you should allow yourself the freedom to experiment with different story types and genre. This is part of the process of discovering who you are as a writer.
So to start, your only aim should be to write regularly and establish good writing habits. If you allow yourself this ‘practice’ time you will soon learn which stories and styles suit you.
CLAIM YOUR WRITING SPACE
But first make sure your time won’t be disturbed. Let those around you know you need some time alone.
Don’t be afraid to claim some writing time. If family are likely to intrude, make sure to tell them you won’t be available for an hour or two – we’re all entitled to a little space and it is up to you to stake your claim.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE
By experimenting with the creative writing exercises here you will clear your mind of day-to-day thoughts and this will help you focus in specifically on your writing.
After a while you will learn that doing creative exercises regularly stimulates your imagination and you will begin to have more ideas.
Remember, that these exercises are just where you start. They are not necessarily where you finish. That is up to you.
You can change and adapt whatever you like. Go where your writing takes you and always enjoy what you are doing.
After a while you will lose your sense of time and will experience the joy of ‘flow.’
If you start doing one particular exercise and find yourself not really enjoying it then stop and pick another one.
There are no rules to break, so look on these exercises as experiments that will help you to write your way to the story you really want to write. Be kind to yourself as you learn your craft.
CREATIVE WRITING TIPS
When you have some experience you will probably seek to broaden your knowledge of the craft and business of writing. You will find lots of useful tips and information here.
Many of us writers can find ourselves stuck for words from time to time. In its milder form writer’s block can manifest itself as procrastination. For some unfortunate writers this problem can extend over long periods of time until they become blocked.
Writers block can be demoralizing, but there are solutions. It often helps to try working on something different from what you normally write.
If you are feeling really blocked, don’t worry, you will find lots of practical ways to deal with the problem of writers block here.
I hope you have found my writing for beginners page helpful. If you have any problems and can’t find the answer here, just contact me and I will be happy to try to help.
So – there’s no excuse to go to your deathbed wishing you had written that story.
Get writing now!
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