With nanowrimo coming up soon, the following article’s tips on how to kick start your writing are very timely. It’s only about a page long, so go read it. But in summary (in case the article goes away someday as articles tend to do in this crazy medium), here are the highlights:

Write nothing but headlines.
Sometimes the thought of writing an in-depth article is too much for your brain to deal with after a long day (or at the start of one). Spend 15 or 30 minutes just churning out headlines …
Write ‘crap’ without feeling guilty.
… Professional writers write even when nothing but crap comes out because they know that it’s part of the journey to getting the real gems. …
Schedule regular time and show up, even if you think you can’t write.
Sometimes your brain will freeze, your motivation will leave you, … When you show up, you’re subconsciously telling yourself that you’re serious about writing … and that sets you up for a win.
Write about how you solved a problem.
People like stories; it’s just how we’re wired. The good news is, you’re already good at telling stories because you do it all the time in everyday conversation. …
Edit older articles.
Go through your previous blog entries and make them better. …
Type out other people’s articles.
This may sound odd, but it can get your gears unstuck. … It’s like a warm-up walk before you start running. …

Some good advice. I want to write, but never quite seem to find the motivation to do so. I’ve got time. I usually have a spare hour or three in the evenings after everyone is asleep. Perhaps scheduling 30 minutes every night will work for me — even if i don’t write anything but crappy headlines or edit old blog entries. :) It’s a start, right?

Oh yes, and the original article is here


2 Responses to “kick start your writing habit”

  1. What kind of writing are you going to do?

  2. Some good old fantasy of course. Actually i’ve got an idea for an interesting (i think) mixture of scifi/fantasy.

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