Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014
When my novel was released, the single most comment I received (besides congratulations) is, “I’ve always wanted to write a book”. For some people, writing isn’t a big deal and comes easily; whether it’s an essay or a resume or a creative writing project. But for others, writing can be a chore and the fear of writing actually stops people from trying. Here are a few tips to debunk your fear of writing. You may not be interested in writing a novel, but maybe just want to be featured on a blog or write something for your organization or even a letter of recommendation; whatever your reason, don’t let fear stop you. Try these steps and you will be on your way to writing fearlessly.
This is so important. Please don’t try to start writing without having an outline. That’s like driving somewhere you’ve never been without getting the address-you will never make it. What are you writing about? Decide what you want to write about and once you’ve come up a topic, break those that topic down. And then break your topics down even further. This gives you a roadmap for your thoughts and you can stay focused on your topics. Once you decide what you want to write about, then you just have to choose which things within that topic you want to delve into. This gives you clarity and allows you to get your thoughts on paper in an organized fashion.
2. Start writing
Don’t freak out, just do it. Get on your computer and write! You have your topic and your sub topics so you have to do something with them so expand them and write. I will tell you now, the first things you write probably won’t be good and you probably won’t like them, but write anyway. Write, keep writing and save what you wrote. Trust me. If your thoughts aren’t coming, then talk about your topic and simply write down what you’ve said. No matter how you decide to start, just be sure to get something on paper.
For me, stepping back from my work for a little bit helps give me perspective about what I’ve written. Often times when I write, I don’t like what I’ve written but I don’t delete it. I continue writing until I’m finished for that day and close my work then I come back to it at a later time and read what I’ve written. This works two ways-sometimes I re-read my work and love it, other times I re-read my work and can’t believe I’m a college graduate. It’s just like that sometimes. Happens to the best of us I guess. When you re-read your work, that’s where you start making changing and developing your work into what you want it to be.
Don’t be afraid to re-structure some sentences or use the thesaurus to change a word or two to make your writing better or add that funny story you remembered from fourth grade. If you don’t like it you can always go back and change it. Once you have re-read and made your changes, step back from it again and re-read. You can to this process over and over until you are happy with your finished product.
So, now you are ready to start writing! Be sure to let me know how it works for you.