Writing…. getting started.

So you want to write but don’t know where to start.  My advice is to start with writing…  Write something everyday. It doesn’t matter what you write, just write something: your thoughts, your grocery list, a simple story, or a paragraph or two about what you did yesterday or a conversation with someone you met.  It doesn’t matter what you write, just write.

You don’t necessarily have to enjoy writing to be a writer, but it sure makes it much more pleasant. By making it a habit to write everyday, you’ll soon find out if you like it or hate it.  Now, there have been writers who agonized over every word they write, but you don’t need to be one of those people.

Once you’ve established a writing habit or at least made it past the first few days, assess how you feel about what you’ve done. If you enjoy it or if it satisfied you in some way, continue. If you hated it, think long and hard whether writing is for you.

Now it’s time to take the next step. Determine what you want to write. Do you want to write non-fiction (the next how-to book, a history of some sort, or a biography, etc.), fiction (a mystery, thriller, romance, etc) or shorter pieces such as short stories, essays or poetry? It’s important to choose the type of writing you want to do. And, there’s nothing wrong with trying them all.

One of the best places to start when you are this new at it, is to find a writing organization or club in your area. Attend their meetings, meet other writers and ask them questions about what they do and why they like it.  Take a certain period of time to gather information. Most local writers are more than willing to help newbies get acquainted  with the field of writing.

If you have trouble finding a writers’ group in your area, look online for blogs and websites that help beginning writers.  Hang out on some of them and learn by reading.  Leave comments on their sites and get a conversation going. The author of the blog might be someone who can answer some of your questions.

There are also many books available that will help you get started.   Becoming a writer is not just about writing. It’s also involves a lot of studying.  Start reading, decide what you might want to write and get started.

About loubelcher

I'm a freelance artist and writer. I enjoy anything whimsical and my art and writing generally concentrate on the lighter side of life.
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