Writing requires discipline, focus, and passion; for that to happen, it takes time, effort, and patience. Many can agree that the one of the more difficult aspects of writing is starting. Here are five tips to help you get started:
- Find a place to write with minimal distractions. Where you write isn’t particularly important: it should be anywhere you feel comfortable, from a coffee shop to the comfort of your own room. However, it is imperative that it’s somewhere you can dedicate your efforts into writing.
- Determine when you write by your schedule, not the other way around. What I mean is: maintaining your life’s balance is something that can’t be forgotten. Finding times to carve out to dedicate yourself to writing should be based on working around your pre-determined schedule as detailed by school, a job, and so on. (For example, if you have a job that requires your attention at early hours in the morning, it would likely be best to find time to write in the early afternoon and to avoid writing late at night to accommodate the schedule that is in place.)
- Consistency and practice are your friends. The quality of your work will vastly improve with these two qualities in mind. There is no miracle shortcut to improving: your dedication, passion,
- Take breaks. This may seem counterintuitive to productivity. However, a rested mind is a working mind. When writing don’t forget to give yourself time to eat, drink, rest, relax, stretch and rejuvenate. A burnt out writer usually ends in (avoidable) trauma. If you miss days of writing due to life, you are no less of a writer: missing days of writing means you are a writer with a personal life, nothing more and nothing less.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. People forget that the path to writing can be tread in an infinite amount of ways, and the process can be as equally social as it lonely. The quantity of words you write does not determine the quality of writing: whether you wrote two or two hundred or two thousand or two million words in a day, the fact that you’ve produced something is valuable. Your work is wholly unique because it is your own, and no one can take that away from you.
Remember: the path you tread is in your control, and no rules are set in stone.
Good luck, writers, and get creating!