Have you ever worked a long time on your writing just to have someone critique everything about your piece? Maybe someone told you it sounded like a first draft even though it was the tenth. I'm sure every writer has been there at least once. But getting over our writing fears is how we grow as writers. It takes courage to have someone take your work and circle everything with a red pen. You can let go of your writing fears by learning to embrace critiques and rejection.
Writing the first draft is one of the most exciting things in a writer's journey. This is the first time you're working with your characters/information and putting it down into prose for your audience. However, it can also be daunting to write and finish the first draft. Sometimes there's a lot to keep track of, and you want to make sure you're putting yourself in a good position for when you start making revisions. Also depending on your work's length, it can take a long time to finish the first draft. But how do you write a good first draft? Let's find out!
Every writer knows how it feels to "not be in the mood" to write. This feeling comes in the form of procrastination or focusing our attention on some other "more important" task. So how do you get yourself into a writing mindset? Here's a few tips on how you can start approaching writing today.
Whether you write digitally or on a sheet of paper, all your writing starts with a single blank page. However, once you start to fill the page with words, you doubt yourself. You then decide to erase and rewrite what you wrote. It's not a secret that writing is a process. There's drafting, outlining, character creation, and structuring your narrative. That means the words you write will go through multiple edits as you work through the piece. Yet how do you start filling your blank page with meaningful words? Here's a few tips on how you can write content that makes it into your final draft.
Every writer has their own opinion on the topic. Some believe it's nearly impossible to learn from classes while others think that this craft can be studied under a teacher. You'll find hundreds of differing opinions on this topic, and the answer usually depends on the outlook of the writer. Can writing be taught? Well, my unique take is this: if you really want to learn the art of writing, of course writing can be taught -- but it might not be in a traditional classroom setting. Here's how.
When you think of the perfect writing place, you might imagine a quiet place without any distractions. Many writers dream about a cabin with nothing but a notebook and a beautiful summer's day. Unfortunately, this dream doesn't exist where most writers live, and even if you do live by the woods, chances are it isn't a beautiful summer most of the time. However, that doesn't mean you can't and won't find the perfect writing room. Here's six things your writing space should have.
You've got tea on your desk and a word document open on your computer. You take a sip of your tea for inspiration but find that you're having trouble writing. Ideas flowed out from your fingertips yesterday, but the words won't come out today. Luckily there's plenty of methods to help boost your creativity and inspiration. Here's five different writing exercises to motivate yourself during the writing process.
If you write often, you'll know that there's times when you won't feel inspired by the muses to put words down onto the page. You might try writing a few sentences but find you're still stuck on the same scene as yesterday. Luckily, there's a writing method that can help you boost creativity and productivity: freewriting. Here's how freewriting can expand your imagination and encourage your inner creativity.
Congratulations on finishing your book or blog post! Give yourself a big pat on the back; you've now written a work you can add to your list of accomplishments. However, now that you're done writing, there's one thing left to do: come up with the perfect headline or title. This can be a challenge because it's hard to describe your work in just a few words. You also know you'll need a headline that grips attention but isn't too creatively misleading. But where do you start when it comes to writing headlines or titling your book? Here's how you can find the perfect title for what you wrote.
With the end of the year approaching, many writers are starting to set writing goals for the New Year. This is the perfect time for you to think about your own writing career and reflect on your own goals for writing. But where should you start when setting out to achieve your writing dreams? Here's a step-by-step guide that will help you identify how to set writing goals for yourself.