Writing: Getting Started

At some point in time, everybody writes, even if its an assignment for school or a letter.  For many people it can seem like a thankless task, a chore or a task that's too time consuming.  Not many people stop to think about what it is they're writing, and how to do it more effectively.  There are simple steps that can be done to make writing easier and more enjoyable, especially if you want to turn it into a business.

Finding a good place to start is always a problem.  By following some simple first steps - planning out a manuscript, starting a draft or thinking of good concept - these can feel like a real chore and not very enjoyable sometimes.  Here are some hassle free tips to get you started:


Take notes and start constructing the bare bones of your whatever your planning to write.  Having a notepad with you throughout the day, can really help to get your creative juices flowing.  Use the notepad on your PC or Laptop, anything that comes into your head, write it down.

What are you writing about? Is the piece long? What are the requirements for your writing? Making notes before you write as a perfectly good way to get started.  Especially if your thoughts aren't in order, it will help you to stay focused.

Write About What You're Interested In

Unless you're doing an essay for school or college or a specific piece for work, make sure your interested in what you're writing about.  It will show if you don't find the subject interesting, you need to find something within that particular subject that you find of interest and bring that out.

Make an Outline

If you're writing a five page essay for school, this can seem like a never ending task.  You need structure, decide how long each point will be.  Having a general outline also works for creative writing.

The Draft

Writing a draft from scratch is the hard part, not having a foundation to work from makes things really difficult.  That's why you need silence, no tablet or mobile phone to break your concentration.

You need real time set aside during the day or evening to sit down, without interruptions to get your draft done.

Don't Aim for Perfection

Setting high standards unfortunately results in writer's block.  Don't aim for perfection, write as much as you can.  You'll discover your flow and won't be able to stop until you've finished.

Remember you're going to come back to it later and edit and proofread what you've written.  Your draft is your groundwork, it'll always be a bit messy.

Take a Break

Before you revise your document, take a time out, a real break.  You'll discover fresh eyes when you need to start making those revisions.  You can stare at a screen for hours looking over the same things, and not seeing your mistakes.  Take your time, there's no rush.  You'll produce a good quality document at the end.
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