I’ve found that the process of writing is one of the biggest keys for stirring my creativity even more. No matter what ideas I come up with before the first draft, invariably once I start writing, my ideas grow and change into something so much more than I could have planned.
Nothing, in writing, is harder than getting started.
If you haven’t been writing for a while, sitting down to write is terrifying. Not in the way a midnight call from the hospital is terrifying, but terrifying all the same.
- Where do I start?
- What do I have to say?
- How can I call myself a writer, when I never write anything?
Writing is the only way to conquer the fear of writing.
Paradoxical. Annoying. True.
So, don’t wait for inspiration. Don’t wait to be good. Just write. Write now. Pick a prompt. Promise yourself you’ll write a Drabble. Write revenge on the person who is annoying you the most today (even if it’s someone you love. You can always rip it up, delete it, make it funny, whatever you need to do).
- Pick a topic.
- Write a sentence right now.
- Write another one after that.
- Ask yourself “what if…?”. Or write “and because of that…”, and then tell us what happened next.
- Keep writing. Do not stop even if you think it’s bad.
- Get to the end as quickly as possible (you can revise later).
Congratulate yourself: you’re a writer who is writing.
You can do this. Write now.
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