Anyone Can Be A Writer. Step One: Quit Being Lazy

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You might find that you have more free time on your hands than you know what to do with. And you might want to pick up writing. It’s natural to want to share some of the things in your mind with other people. Whether it’s poetry, an article, a short story or even a novel, one thing that most writers face is self-doubt. You question whether you can actually finish that piece. You also question whether or not it will be good enough.

But here’s what you should understand. Every great writer has something in common. They wrote. You have to write. It’s hard at times—who am I kidding? It’s hard most of the time. That’s why we’ve got some tips for you to help you build the writing habit and put some magic on paper.

It starts With A Draft

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No matter what you want to write, if you’re not too experienced, it will not turn out as well as you hope. In fact, that still applies if you take out the experienced bit. When you start questioning how good what you’re putting down is, and you start feeling like you want to quit, remind yourself that it starts with a draft. After you’ve put something down, it’s way easier to change the parts that you don’t like.

Write Whenever You Feel Like It

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Building a writing habit can be hard when you make it a ‘thing.’ That means you have a writing desk, or you go to a library and basically—well, make it a thing. What you can do instead, is start small. Make it as easy as possible to go from an idea to putting something down. There are so many great notes apps available on phone. Evernote is one of my eternal favourites. When you’re writing constantly for a while, it gets easier to sit down for the longer pieces.

Write Your Ideas Down

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Writer’s block is one thing that people struggle with a lot. However, it only happens when you sit down in front of a blank page. Whenever you have a crazy idea, jot it down, put it in your phone’s notes. That way, when you want to write you’re not starting from scratch. You’re building on ideas that you were genuinely excited about. Also, a side note, all ideas are fire when you have them, but when you sit down to write, you’ll find that some of them are duds. It sucks, but don’t let it get you down. Put down any and every idea, no matter how ridiculous: one of them might just turn into something beautiful.

Thinking Is One Of The Fun Parts

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Part of the writing process happens away from the page. Think your ideas through. Imagine all the crazy twists that you want to add, plan out how you want things to end. That gives you a general idea of the direction that you want to go in when you’re actually writing.

Finally, Show Your Work To People

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It’s understandable to write for yourself, but believe me, there’s this rush when you show something that you’ve written to other people. It’s refreshing. That feeling also pushes you to want to be better; to want to keep writing. Share share share!



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