Is there a writer in you? Do you long to put words on paper and get that out to the world?
But… you’re held back because you don’t “feel” like a writer and think you need to have some kind of professional credentials to do so?
Well — I’m here to tell you that’s not true. Read on to discover the truth so you can get that inner writer out.
Let me first start by telling you my story.
I’ve always loved to write and have been writing since I was about 15 years old.
I always loved to read, and this in turn, inspired me to tell my own stories. I attended a few writing clubs in high school and even managed to get some local publications to put some of my short stories out.
But then, university, friends, life travels and other activities got in the way and so I stopped writing. I continued to enjoy reading though, particularly fiction books, but my writing days were getting less and less.
I began to feel that something was missing in my life, but I just didn’t have the time to do anything about it.
Flash forward to a few years ago — I got pregnant and decided to write again. Through all the changes I was experiencing with my body, hormones and life, I felt a strong desire to get words out and express myself.
Again, it was difficult to simply find the time to sit and write.
But I plowed through. I found a routine that work and I make sure to stick to it. Every day gets easier and it feels so good to connect with the writer in me again.
So if you’re feeling the same — if you have this desire to write but don’t know where to start or how to find the time, perhaps these 4 tips can help and inspire.
But remember, if this skill and habit is important to you, then do it without self-judgement. Most of us tend to be hard on ourselves and have sabotaging thoughts like, “Who am I to write?” or “Who would even want to read my stuff?”.
Those thoughts will not help you at all. So try your best to silence it, trust yourself, and let inspiration do it’s work.
1. Do It Everyday
The best way to generate a new habit is by putting it into practice daily. Try not to think about when the perfect moment to do it will be. Just do it.
You can go old school and start writing on a nice notepad with a pen or you could start by getting some words down on your computer.
Also — if you’re like me and cannot start writing without a keyword in mind, here’s a great website to help your imagination get started. It’s called 750 Words.
It’s just a website to get you into the habit of writing. It’s not about blogging. It’s private and based on the concept of free-writing, and the aim is to get you into the habit of doing something everyday.
What is freewriting? As Leo Babauta explains: “One of the best ways to get unstuck if you’re uninspired. Just start writing. Anything. It doesn’t matter. Don’t edit, don’t pause, don’t think. Just write and let it flow. You’ll end up with a lot of garbage, probably, but it’ll help you get out of your rut and you might just write some really good stuff among all that garbage”.
2. Join A Writing Club
Being a part of a writing club has helped me a lot in the past, and is on my goal-list for 2016.
The good thing about writing clubs is that there exists a “social pressure” to have something written every week. Plus, you get feedback, inspiration, and make new friends. 🙂
If time or location is a problem, try to do it online. I joined an online writing club when my first child was born and it worked perfectly for me.
Here’s a great article to get you started on 8 things to consider when you are joining a writing club.
Believe it or not, writing can be used as a form of meditation. In fact, anything you put your focus to is a form of meditation.
According to this article: “Writing can be a powerful meditation practice, helping us to integrate our active mind with the mind of meditation. By using it as a process of inquiry, it can help us track our progress in loosening attachments and habitual states of mind even as it sharpens our ability to attend to the present moment. As little as 10 minutes of writing practice a day can reap great benefits.”
The good thing about this practice is that you can do it any where. So, go out, find a quiet coffee be it a nice park or a cozy sofa somewhere and just get in the flow.
Here’s another great article that expands on how you can use writing as a meditation practice.
4. Follow Instructions
Here’s another great book to check out — it’s called “642 Things To Write About”.
I learned about it through a blog and immediately ran out to buy a copy.
According to the description: “This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.”
I’m actually still in the middle of reading is as I’m doing one instruction a day, but so far the experience has been awesome. It’s a cool fun way to start my day plus I do manage to get some writing done.
So if there’s a writer in you itching to come out, I hope these tips help.
And if you have any tips that can help anyone else, do share them below!