So you want to be a better writer?
It is November once again and you had promised yourself you will take part in this year’s NaNoWrimo…and you have not even drafted your first page of your “novel”.
You feel guilty and yet don’t do anything about it.
You casually hover over your blog and promise yourself to blog everyday if only to make up for missing out on the NaNoWriMo, in any case they say you write for the month and you are already late, you dutifully write on your blog, twice a week and you convince yourself, that’s better than most people.
However, the guilt feeling is not really going away and you really want to become a better,yet your drive seems to dwindle by the minute.
Your stats are lower than ever and you wish for things to look up..
Is it all lost really? You will be surprised that becoming a better writer is easier than you think.
Yes, write. As a writer the one thing that comes natural to you is writing, isn’t it? Take full advantage of this raw instinct and write and write some more...but then how do you write when you do not even motivated to try?
2. Write Anything
You do not have to write an award-winning piece, not right way anyway…write to get your juices flowing. Write down that you have nothing to say, write the first thing that comes to your mind, once the floodgates of words starts flowing there is no stopping them, you need to write and stop judging yourself, just write...if I write about anything, how will I ever write something worth been read by others?
3. Write and Watch
When you write at the slightest whim, you will notice something very marvelous, something you had not noticed before about your thought pattern. You will realize there is a pattern in your thoughts, there is a message in you that just wants to burst out! You have something special in you and the process of writing regularly will gradually expose it.
I recently started to use the 750 words web app, to get my juices flowing, and the experience is amazing, started using it because I felt so guilty for failing to take part in this year’s NaNoWriMo,really wanted to write an e-book and never came around to even start,I have come to realize that guilt is sometimes a cruel motivator and can be very effective…watching my writing sure does make a lot of sense, but when should I write?
4. Write Everyday
If you really want to be good at something, you really have to give it your all, think like a 21st Century Writer. Writing is a muscle that should be exercised daily, you need to make it a habit to write daily. Start by writing a sentence or even a word, but for goodness sake write something. Build it up by writing a sentence, a paragraph, a page, 2 pages and keep moving. Push yourself to do more than you did the earlier time, they say it takes 21 days to really form a new habit, do not give up when it gets tough, just write about how tough it is getting..
5. Keep Writing
The truth is that as a writer, you need to write and write. The more you write the better you become. Soon your juices will be flowing effortlessly. When you put in the time and are driven by a great desire you will unlock a whole new world of possibilities, discover new ideas and inspire others with your work. So I beg…Please Keep Writing!