Are you a new writer?
You may be wondering whether a writing career is for you, because you can’t get started. Although you have ideas which seem brilliant, when you sit at your computer nothing happens.
Start by building a writing habit.
New writer? Build a writing habit
You need a routine. When you have a routine, writing fits into your day; you don’t have to think about—you just do it.
Here’s how to build a writing habit:
- Schedule half an hour to sit at your computer, every day. At this stage, your goal is to build a habit of sitting. Words will come if you avoid pressuring yourself. (If you’re anxious, start by scheduling ten minutes for your daily “sit”.)
- Open a new computer file and write 50 words. Any words.
- Ta da! You’re done for the day.
Repeat your routine for a month. Long before your 30 days have passed, you’ll be well on the way to writing something.
Now let’s look at how to get inspired.
1. Visualize: what form of writing inspires you?
A writing life is an interior life, so you need to trust your intuition and inspirations. Sooner or later, you’ll get a jolt of inspiration about what you should be writing. Your inner voice says: I could write that.
Unsure about what you “should” be writing?
Try this exercise…
Relax for five minutes. Close your eyes and visualize yourself sitting at your computer in your office, or on the sofa.
What are you writing? Perhaps you’re writing a novel, or a nonfiction book, or a screenplay. Perhaps you’re writing content for happy clients.
Wait for your inner voice. Suddenly, you’ll know.
2. Explore your passions: what excites you?
If you’re not passionate about your writing, you’ll be unhappy, and you’ll give up.
When you’re experienced writer, you will be able to develop a passion for anything at all: even the most boring topics. However, as a new writer, write about something you’re passionate about already.
Make a list of topics you’re passionate about. Anything about which you have strong feelings qualifies.
3. Partner with your muse: let your muse do most of the work
Your muse (subconscious mind) takes an active part in your writing. Give her time to do her part of the work.
Try this. The next time you need to write something, jot down a few notes and a small outline. Take no more than half an hour for this. The next day, come back to the document and start writing.
You’ll find that the writing goes quickly and easily. This is because while you were busy doing other things, your muse/ creative self “worked” on the document for you.
Once you become aware of this—that your creative self takes an active part in your writing—you can make use of this knowledge by always leaving time for your creative self to work on your projects in the background, while you do other things.
So there you have it. If you’re a new writer, try these three easy ways to get inspired and write.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.