Dialogue a conversation you’ve been wanting to have with a fellow worker or person you’ve been needing to talk to. Make it comedic. Or, perhaps, dialogue a conversation you’ve had recently with someone that made your day or was just funny in general.
…and it was good. I sat back, watched a little t.v. (something I never really do), read, exercised a little and remembered that I’m more than just an introverted wordsmith. I needed that day to reset my thesaurus…to venture into the world of laziness once more…and to remember why I write altogether. I love what I do even if there are days I want to pull my hair out.
Writing is my sanctuary, the window to my soul. It’s the one creative thing I do well and enjoy above all others. Writing is important, but sometimes, you just need to get away from the usual. When you’re able to get out and into the world, you have more experiences to write about, colors to describe, scenes to embellish and air to breathe.
Write on my friends…and write well.
So you want to write, but don’t know where to start. Getting started can be an intimidating venture and can discourage even the most ambitious writer. Here are a couple of things to get you started:
Write what you know. It’s easier to write about things you’re familiar with. For example, if you have knowledge and experience in writing white papers, it’s easier to write about and expand your knowledge in that area instead of writing in unfamiliar territory. Use the experience you have to start on your path. You can always expand later.
Reading. A writer’s best friend and an entrepreneur’s green flag. Reading about the field you’re about to embark in opens you to new experiences you didn’t know existed. Perhaps you never thought about writing press releases or engaging in ghostwriting until you read about it. It’s always important to educate yourself.
Remember to look around you. Potential areas exist everywhere you are. Potential areas exist everywhere you are. Before you realize it, you’ll find areas you didn’t realize you could write about. Yes, writing is an art, but it’s also a skill. The more you write, the better you become at it. This applies to all genres of writing. If you’re still unsure, start with the things you like the most…the things you’re passionate about. Before you know it, you’ll have a collection ready to share with the world.
Inspiration comes from a variety of places. Sometimes it’s a conversation you’ve had, a story you’ve read, or just something you’ve seen. It’s what keeps you writing regardless of time, location or deadline. It’s what drives you to seclude yourself from the world and away to a place where nothing else matters but the completion of your thoughts.
See if you can identify something that inspires your writing. Pay attention to the moments that forces you to sit and write. You’ll need to be able to reference these motivators when facing a potential writer’s block. Writer’s blocks are real and being able to draw from what gets your creative juices flowing is essential in the completion of a project.
So, what inspires you to write? Is it random conversation? Is it observering your surroundings and feeding off the energy? Is it being secluded and away from the noise of a busy life? When do you write most? On breaks at work? During vacation? Or whenever the mood hits you?
I tend to write late nights for hours on end and am usually inspired by something I’ve seen, heard or experienced. I remember writing an entire poem on napkins, while in between classes on my college campus based on a personal experience with a friend. I learned over time that the majority of my writings are motivated by personal experiences and sometimes random moments. I feed off the energy around me and use it in my writing.
If you pay close enough attention, you’ll find there’s more than one inspiration. Before long, you will have compiled a list of them and will be able to go to one or more to aid in your writing.
If you’re like me…then you hate setting schedules. It’s like you already have enough to do during the day and the last thing you want to do is set a schedule for another area of your life. For me, I’ve always found time for writing…whether it was on paper napkins at restaurants or on the back of some piece of paper at work. I satisfied my desire to write by writing in between the moments. That’s just me though.
But for others, setting a writing schedule is a necessary part of their lives. When you’re writing a novel or working on a project setting a schedule with deadlines is ideal. Setting a specific time aside will force your brain into a writing mindset and can help you to focus more.
But I’m not talking about the writing you do when working on a novel or project. I’m talking about the writing you do to find meaning to your chaos…the writing you do when you need to find clarity in your life…and even the writing you do to find clarity to your emotional. It’s in these times that writing should be done when the feeling comes and when you have something to express. Life doesn’t have schedules and I believe neither should your writing.
But in whatever you do, the most important thing is to write.