Sure, you want to write. You have a great hook or character. You have your whole first novel mapped out or the next slam-winning poem…the problem is that you have them all in your head. Be don’t be discouraged. You’re not alone.
Moving from brain to page is no easy task, but with these tips, you help kick start that process.
1. Start a blog: A blog is a great way to get your writing everyday, and you can write as much or as little as you want. A blog will automatically keep track of the days and times you write, which will help you as you take on more serious writing projects. One word of caution: if you are considering publishing down the road, you should be refrain from posting it on the blog since some publishers will consider it ‘published.’ Check out The Pen’s own post on the subject!
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2. Use a creative writing prompt: Hate staring at a blank page? Writer’s block giving you the writer’s blues? There are dozens of website that offer writing prompts to get you inspired. Some of our favorites are Language-is-a-virus, First Line Generator, Creative Writing Ink, and The One-Minute Writer.
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3. Keep a journal: Sometimes the easiest tool is also the best one. Journaling can help you keep track not only of your everyday experiences, but can also be a great place to sketch characters, write a plot summary, or record an idea that just won’t let go of you. Journaling is particularly alluring for you pen and paper types, and it gives you an opportunity to splurge on those fancy fountain pens you’ve been eyeing!
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4. Join a creative writing club: Clubs are an excellent way to get yourself motivated to write and keep you accountable to your writing goals. You can also get immediate feedback on a particular character, scene, or subplot, which will be invaluable if you decide to take your writing to a publisher. Clubs meet both in person and online!
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5. Use your tech!: Sometimes, we forget that our most powerful writing tool is the one we have in our hands (laps or palms!). Use your favorite tech to set writing reminders and to schedule yourself time to write. You can also use apps to keep you on pace: Mindly, Mind Node, Help Me Write, and Write-or-Die. There are dozens out there, so find your fix!