Tips and Advice for Beginning Writers
Create a Comfortable Writing Space
Getting started some days is so hard. I have many excuses, which I will list later, but these tips can help anyone to start creating. That is what writing is about—being creative. Writing allows anyone to be creative with their own ideas and passions. Here are some tips to get started.
- Start by creating your space where you intend to write. Make it as comfortable and quiet as possible
- Arrange to have everything you need on hand such as pens, paper for notes, computer etc. Start off with your coffee in your favorite coffee mug handy. If you have the space, bookshelves with reference books and your favorite authors books could make your space more inspiring
- Make writing a habit every single day. Start slowly, if necessary. If possible, even on weekends, try to find at least 10 minutes.
- Set up a writing schedule just like a regular job.
- Relax—let your passion flow through your writing.
- Be creative. I have a problem with this one. I fuss too much about finding things I want to write about which I think others want to read. I will have to work more on letting myself be more creative.
- Be positive, and set a positive atmosphere. Post quotes or pictures of your most admired writers.
- Set goals for yourself. Write so many words or pages a day. Maybe your goal will be to write several more articles every week
- Celebrate when you reach your goals—even just a pat on the back and a glass of wine to reward yourself. If you finish a novel, that deserves a big reward. If you sell that novel, it’s time for a huge celebration.
Exercise Your Writing Power
As a beginning writer there are many ways of getting started and working toward becoming a great writer. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas to write about (like me) then maybe you should work on some writing exercises to get your creative ideas flowing. There are numerous books and websites which can offer you exercises to help you find ideas to write about. Here are a few writing exercise that I am going to be working on in the future.
- Write anything at all. Just write anything that comes into your mind. Sit quietly and think of anything from your past or your present. Or think of your dreams for the future. Then write about those things.
- Consider people you know or you have known. What stories have they told you? Write some short sentences about those stories or people. I have stories I intend to write that were related to me from a friend about her life. Someday I hope to write the story of her beautiful life. She recently passed away at the age of almost 102.
- Think about your own interests. What gets you excited enough to tell someone else about. Do you love history like I do? Or maybe it’s music or art or politics. There are many stories in so many different areas just waiting for us to write them. Write your passion.
- Even if what you write sounds horrible you have written something. You can always go back and edit it to make it better.
- Of course, joining workshops, or taking writing courses will help you build your writing skills. Sometimes libraries can be a great source for writing courses or meeting other writers.
- Join writing groups such as Hub Pages for help and advice from other writers
- Read everything you can and especially read magazines which focus on writing & websites which often offer valuable writing advice for beginning writers. Enter writing contests which some of these sites offer.
We all have everyday things that get in the way of our writing. This is a list of some of those roadblocks that many writers can identify with.
- Excuses—I have a ton of excuses
- Family obligations and demands
- Not enough time
- Just too tired and uninspired
- Negative thinking (like right now)—is my writing really good enough?
- Guilt trips (I should be cleaning the house or doing something for my family)
- Lack of a good, quiet area to write
Excuses for Not Writing
- Too tired (my number 1 excuse)
- Out of fresh ideas
- Distractions from family and friends & of course those pesky marketing and scam phone calls
- No confidence in your own writing (that’s me all right)
- Lack of time
Distractions take us away from our writing and distractions also interrupt our creative process. It happens to everyone of us. I know I tend to get distracted easily. I have to work at not getting out of my chair to go check out noises from outside. Or I get up to get something and notice that the floor is dirty. Of course, then I have to take care of that. I have decided to let simple distractions wait until after I have completed whatever I am writing about. The floor can be cleaned later. But the biggest distraction for me is social media. I can waste precious hours that I should be writing on Twitter and Facebook. For me, that needs to change.
How much time do you spend writing every day?
Never Stop Learning
Life is constantly changing and there are always so many new things to learn and write about. Read new material, something you might think you won't like. Look for free on-line courses to take. Right now with everyone stuck at home is a great time for taking some of those courses. I am thinking of trying to take a painting course or maybe dance lessons online. Also try traveling to new places if you can afford to do that. Different areas offer different cuisine, different smells and interesting new people. And make sure you carry a little notebook with you to jot down what you are experiencing. The more you learn and experience the more ideas you will have to write about. Get out there and enjoy living.
The time is now to get started. Start writing today, not tomorrow or next week. Get your work space set up, find some quiet time and start getting those words written. Work steadily to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence. Blast past the roadblocks that have been holding you back. Figure out your own roadblocks and find ways around those roadblocks. Limit whatever distractions are getting in the way of your writing. Be fearless, be creative and write your passion. Now it’s time I get started taking my own advice.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 L.M. Hosler