Write for the Love of it!
Start Your Year Write
Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach
As much as people think writing is easy, it really isn’t. Coming up with ideas and the actual writing are essentially easy but the doing it, sitting down and putting pen to paper or fingers to computer keyboard, are anything but. And the only way to get better at writing is to do it.
So let’s make this, the year you break out and get into a routine with writing.
There are really only three things you need to know:
1. to be a writer, you have to write
2. to get a story, an article or a novel written, you have to write
3. to be able to do the rewrites, you have to have written
The biggest problem though is how to get started and then how to keep going once you have started.
That sounds pretty easy right? All you have to do is write. That’s it.
But the truth is that something is keeping you from writing.
Set a plan to succeed with writing.
How do you make writing a part of your routine?
The first thing you need to do is to stop thinking.
Here’s what I mean. Do you find yourself saying:
- I need to write
- I should write
- I don’t have the time to write
- I have this great story idea
- I want to write
- I really need to write
- I need to find time to write
So right this moment, I want you to stop saying that. Because what has happened, is that something you have looked forward to has now become another weight, another chore to do. It has now become work!
Not what you want.
So let’s shift the mindset.
“Keep the fun in writing or it becomes work. And who wants to work?”
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Make time to write
It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day. It doesn’t even have to be every day. But you do need to consistently write. Think of it like your job or a doctor’s appointment. As much as you probably don’t like either one, rarely do you miss them. Put the time in your calendar or just know that for you, this block of time is for me to write and guard it. Do not let other things take over that time. It is your writing time.
2. Know that your writing is going to suck
That sounds harsh but it is the truth. Your story won’t sound like it did in your head, which was brilliant. It may sound boring. It might not have gone where you thought it would. Accept this step. You have to write badly so you can write goodly (okay I know that’s not a word and my mom would give me heck for using it but you get the point). It truly is in the rewrites that any writer makes a story or an article or a book worth reading.
3. Forget the rules
English has a lot of rules. Depending on what you’re writing there can be a number of rules to follow to make your story or message compelling. And at some point you will need to apply those. But not when you are starting out. The rules or worrying about the rules – does a adjective come before a noun or can I use it as a noun? Don’t worry about that stuff. Write your story. When you have it written and then you’ve done the rewrites to make it a good story, then you can ask for help from an editor, in regards to all the English rules.
4. You won’t write like the greats
It’s true, you won’t write like those authors who are read and revered. At least not to start with. But then neither did they. They had to work at their craft before they got really good at it. They put in the time. And so do you need to.
5. Write for the love of it
Write. Just write. Don’t even worry about where it is going. At least not in the beginning. Even if you sit down with a plan, a story, don’t be surprised if you find yourself going off where you thought it would or writing something totally separate. It’s okay. Get in the habit of writing and then you worry about writing better stories or articles.
Make time to write.
The truth is that unless you write and make time to write, writing will be that thing that buzzes around your head and keeps telling you, you should write.
That’s not a good place to be because it will keep you stuck.
When you allow yourself to sit down and write and make mistakes and realize your writing sucks… magic happens.
Every time you sit down and write, your writing will get better. Parts of it will become easier. Your stories or messages will sound better. And you’ll find that the rewrites may need a lot less work.
The best part…
is you will start to believe you are a writer and that it is okay for you to write.
The truth is that writing will happen when you stop thinking you need to write.
Stop thinking and start writing!