The urge to
write fiction seems God-given for some, a learned skill for others.
is certain – it requires practice and a particular mindset. But, if you’re a
beginner, where do you start?
following 10 tips will help kick-start your writing habit, whether you’re a
complete novice, or perhaps a pro who has lost their way!
1. Step Away From the Car, Sir
detach yourself from your surroundings. Stop participating and begin observing.
In social situations, watch people, see how they act and – more importantly -
judgment. Take it all in – and draw on it later when you write.
2. Look Harder, Homer
look around you. Consciously notice the buildings, what’s underfoot, overhead,
and what’s right in front of you.
look at something you take for granted. An iron, for instance. Find yours and
3. Write Thinking Will Be Rewarded
technique. Your mother is making tea and you are chatting to her. Take a mental
step back and describe the scene.
when you’re outside, describe your environment as though you were writing it
4. What Reasons Do You Need?
for inspiration – just write! Force yourself to write anything at all. A
shopping list. An overheard conversation. Describe your bedroom.
matter how personal it is, or how trivial, just get it down!
5. Wakey Wakey!
alarm clock for an hour earlier than normal.
alarm goes off, get up. Don’t dress, bathe or eat. Don’t even make coffee. Just
stagger to your writing space and write the first thing that comes into your
head for five minutes.
6. Oh God – Not That!
the most awful and embarrassing thing you’ve ever done - the more cringe-worthy
the better. Now write about it. All of it, in all its gory, horrible detail.
it away for a year or so before you read it again!
7. Like Your Style, Baby
yourself. Write poems, songs, dialogue, fact, fiction, even practice writing
advertising copy or horoscopes.
expertise improves in all areas – an improvement in one area can reap benefits
8. The Sincerest Flattery
Take out a
classic book from your bookcase. Copy out a paragraph. Think about the words as
you write them. Don’t get intimidated!
9. Wanna See My Invention?
not writing, string together stories in your mind. Think of plots, characters,
yourself what you should do next to improve your writing.
this technique into a habit.
10. It’s A Goal!
start writing regularly, set yourself small goals. Anything from 200 words a
day, or just a commitment to writing in your diary.
extend to finishing a short story, or an article or a poem. Perhaps one in a
is to set goals you can achieve easily. That way you’ll improve your fiction,
get into the habit of writing daily - and you won’t forget to enjoy it!
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By Rob Parnell. Creating Better Writers -