For some, writing comes naturally. They can pick up a pen and within minutes, the most profound words ever quilted together are released to have a lifelong impression on the reader.
Research has shown that people who write regularly by keeping a private journal put themselves squarely on a path to mental well being. We all need to learn to release some or all of the pent-up feelings inside.
Writing can go far beyond the entries put in a journal every day. There are several avenues where a person can get paid to write online and for printed publications.
One of the best ways to get started on your freelance writing career or to write for private eyes only, is to start a journal and write about your thoughts and about almost anything you think about.
If you are having trouble starting to write because it seems that the words just will not flow, here are a few helpful hints.
Write Something Everyday – If you do not write you will never learn to write. Everyday you should write for at least 30 minutes, to get yourself in the habit of writing and to improve your writing skills. Once you have started on your 30 minutes, the time will fly and before you know it you have written several pages, with hardly any effort at all.
Write About What You Know Best – Look inside of yourself and write about what you are feeling at that moment. No matter if the thoughts are good thoughts, bad thoughts, something silly, lines of poetry or even an opinion, write about it. Just write, you may not realize how much you are able to write until you begin to write.
Do Not Give Up – Even if the words will not flow – even after you have spent your 30 minutes, day after day trying to put the words down and nothing will come forth, do not give up. Keep up with your routine of writing every day, at a set time.
No matter what you think you will never be able to do, even if you have written only one word after a dozen 30 minute sessions, your words will eventually come. But if it really is bad and you just can’t write a thing, maybe you should take a writing class at your local community college.
Write – If you are having trouble writing about what you may think is a popular subject, but you know there is one thing that you can write about, write about that. Write about same subject over and over from different perspectives and from different angles. This experience will help you write better and more thoroughly when you go on to write about new subjects.
Read More Books to See Different Writing Styles – When you read a lot of books, articles, poems and musings, you can get a better idea of how other authors create their literary magic.
Read novels if you want to write in that style, read documentaries if that is your path, or screen plays if you have your sights set on becoming a famous Hollywood writer.
The more you read, the more you will see how words are put together, to complete the sentences, that make the paragraphs, leading to the conclusion a story.
Reflect About What You Have Written About – Before you put your writing pad and pencil away, you should go over everything you have written (or wish you could have written) that day.
Keep it up, everyday. Spend as much time as you can reading and writing.These tips can help you get started writing, today.