Writing Makes You a Better Writer

So you want to be a writer but you don’t know exactly where to start? No worries. That’s the case for many of us. True, some folks just sit down and start writing and a story comes pouring out. But to my knowledge, that’s the exception not the rule.

As a beginner trying to unleash your inner writer, the crucial step is sitting down and starting to put words on paper—or on screen—as is the case for a lot of us today.

It’s okay that you don’t really know where to start or that a story doesn’t simply pour out and spontaneously fill up 320 pages. The important thing is that you sit down and write. At this point, it matters less what you write, than it does that you write.

It helps if you can schedule a specific time to sit down and write. The time you choose matters less than honoring the commitment you make with yourself to sit down and write at a certain time. It can be in the morning. It can be in the afternoon. It can be at night. When doesn’t matter. Choose a time that works best for you. This will help you focus and gear your brain toward letting your creative juices flow.

You do have a story in you that’s waiting to come out. In order to find it, you have to start the process. If you will be faithful in trying to write each day, you will get closer to discovering the tale you are meant to tell and fulfilling your dream to write the next Great American Novel.

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Begin by making a commitment to write each day. It can be for a half hour or an hour or even longer. It can be a couple hundred words or it can be more. Don’t worry about what to write or fret about ideas. All that will come, once you start writing. You will definitely make progress over time that you will be clearly able to identify. Writing, like with any craft, is something you improve at by doing. Practice won’t make you perfect;but it will make you better.

In order to finish, you have to start. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead. Sit down and write.

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