9 Simple ways to start writing – Part 1
To be a writer is a longstanding ambition that you’ve entertained but you don’t know how and where to start from. First of all, you should know that you are not alone. Even those who write as professionals still struggle with this fine art of visual word expressions, but there are simple ways that you can start writing.
My advice on this matter is an old one. I am not recommending solutions that are new and untested, but simple solutions that work for me as well as most new writers.
- What motivates you? Determine what motivates your writing interest, what you want to write about and how much time you are willing to create to accommodate your ambition.
- Create a routine and write regularly. At the beginning, the hardest part is devoting time to writing. Creating a writing routine will help and train the creative side of your brain to working at such time. Try to start writing in regular bits even if it’s for ten minutes each day, then increase your time slot for writing. This might need adjusting your schedule for other things, like getting up earlier or taking that half an hour during your break time to get some quiet time and writing done. Writing is a skill that could be learnt and developed like many other acquired skills and the more you write the easier and better it becomes.
- Read a lot. Reading as much as possible helps you to learn the different types of writing that are possible. Read within the genres that you like as well as outside your favourite genres. Read magazines, comics, fantasy, varied types of publication and find the voices that you like. Try to understand what makes them effective; what you like or don’t like about them. Reading diversely helps you to learn from other people’s writing and it serves as sources of inspiration.
- Write what you would want to read and get personal. Use your passion to an advantage and start with writing what you know. Injecting your passion and bringing your experience to bear will likely resonate better with your readers and hold their interest. Be willing to explore and don’t limit yourself to just one field or genre of writing.
- Keep your eyes open and notice the things that go on around you. Those observations of ordinary or unusual things going on around you are material that could be used for your writing. They could help make your writing more compelling, interesting and realistic.
- Keep a writing journal. Take note of spontaneous ideas that pop into your mind. Jot down those things that inspire you. Things you see or hear. A simple phrase, a dream, a photo, a meet with a stranger could trigger a storyline and at your writing time, you can flesh out the thought or revisit your note to jog your creative juice.
- Start a writing project. This is the most important and difficult aspect of writing. Some may struggle with not knowing what to write, or having an idea of what they want to write about but unsure how to begin. It might take writing and discarding several drafts before you can articulate your thoughts, just keep writing. Write all the disjointed thoughts floating through your head to your fingers. Leave the editing part for later. Sometimes, you can help your creativity with a number of activities. A long walk through nature and relative quietness. Go somewhere with high human traffic and noise and use your senses of sight, smelling, hearing, touching and tasting. Take note of your perceptions. Take photos, eavesdrop on conversations, become a sleuth, imagine the character of a stranger and add some background to the stranger. Explore all options as the need arises.
- Complete your project. The real challenge of starting a project is the ability to stick to it and finish it. It might prove difficult to get to the end of your goal, but fruition only comes with completion and you just have to keep going at it.
- Join like-minded communities and forums. Be open to the idea of joining other writing clubs either online or in your neighbourhood. Most new writers are self-conscious and don’t feel comfortable sharing their work with others and I daresay all writers are not keen on criticism, however, think of the potential idea that being around others who are also aspiring writers or accomplished writers might serve as a source of inspiration and well as constructive feedback that could help you to become a better writer.
I hope that this article will help you to kickstart your writing aspirations. If you find it helpful, we would love to hear from you and what you are writing about.