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How To Start Writing

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We’ve all started here at one point or another. You either want to start writing or you’re new to writing. At first, you may have been so excited, but now, you have no idea where you want to go. Where do you even start? Well, first of all, I’d like to assure you that you’re not alone. All writers have gone through this. More importantly, there are solutions.

Practice, Practice, Practice

As with any skill, you get better at writing the more you do it. The more you write, the easier it becomes. But what do you even write about? Well, if you haven’t got any ideas in particular, simply write about anything that comes to mind. Write about your day. Carry around a notepad with you and write down your observations. Watch people, movies, or even TV. Look at how people around you interact with each other. Let your mind wander. Explore different possibilities and cherish your imagination. Let your creative juices flow and write as much as you can while they do. These are all essential to becoming a better writer.

Read More

What is just as important as writing is reading. By reading, you find out what you like and what you don’t, what works and what doesn’t, and how stories are written. Be sure to read books by authors you both like and dislike, in all sorts of genres and styles. You’ll be exposed to new words, styles, and techniques, which will increase your writing toolbox greatly. There is so much to learn about the world around you. Even I’m still learning. After seeing all this world and others have to offer, how could you not feel motivated to pour your heart and soul into a story?

Look for Inspiration

And be prepared for when it hits you! Inspiration can be found everywhere in the world around you, through music, art, and experiences. It could be found in a writing prompt that you connect with or a song that inspires a story or a scene. It could be something as small as watching a bird in your garden and wondering what its life would be like. Be prepared for those moments and write down any ideas that come to you. Put them in your phone, write them on your hand, or use that notepad I suggested earlier. Don’t assume you will remember them, because chances are that you won’t! The more you practice writing down your ideas and inspirations, the more your mind will create them.

Find Friends

As you continue the writing journey, make sure you create connections with fellow writers. Together, you can learn and improve your craft, becoming better writers together. Don’t forget that helping others with their writing teaches you more about your own, too! You’ll experience much greater success together with other writers than if you venture on alone.

Making friends in a writing community gives you a support system to turn to when things get tough. Friends can help you brainstorm, answer research questions, and give you the motivation to keep going. Every writer knows the pain of jealousy and comparing their work to others. It can be a pitiful way to lose motivation. Having fellow writer friends at your side to talk you through the struggle helps tremendously.

Of course, I would suggest you join the Wacky Writers Community if you are looking for a supportive community of follow writers. But there many writing communities out there, such as Tapas, Royal Road, Reddit- r/writing, and many more!

Everyone has to start somewhere, but the good news is with writing you can start anywhere! Jot down an idea on a napkin, pull out your notes app, open a blank document, or get out all those old notebooks you promised to fill! All you need is a little time and imagination and you can become a writer the moment you start writing.

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  1. I am pretty sure I got my start back in the day by roleplaying on Neopets! XD Any other neopians out there?

    Personally, I think roleplay is a great way to get started because the world and plot are already decided and you just get to play around inside of it and interact with other characters. Its a great way to learn, especially if you are roleplaying with writers better than you, because it sort of forces you to try and match the length of their posts in order to keep up.

  2. Avatar for FOLuke FOLuke says:

    I started writing with a couple of fanfics. They weren’t so bad I guess… but they weren’t great either :sweat_smile:

    I think it worked to use the world / characters I already knew the relations of and how they interacted to explore my own plot ideas to get into the habit of writing and forming ideas into cohesive chapters (or as best as I could lol) for practice before jumping into writing my original ideas out more in full. It definitely helped to get a little feedback and see what people liked. I would recommend even just a couple of one shots to start if someone wanted writing practice.

    I still have them saved… I should read them back some time lol.

  3. Avatar for JustM JustM says:

    Ooh, i like this subject!

    i wrote grade 0, bottom of the scale, absolute cringe stories. :joy: they were so baddd.

    My number one tip, besides just writttee is to understand the craft. Since quarantine started I’ve gone through thousands and thousands of blog posts and videos on writing and plotting and what makes a good story and I now really understand the craft of writing and finding one’s characters and themes and internal conflicts and I love it. People say reading blog posts about writing doesn’t actually make you a better writer, but it kinda does. It helps you understand the craft and that can make you a better writer.

    Writing does not have rules, true, but it’s still a craft, and if you’re scared to actually write then better educate yourself on the subject. There’s a real magic to writing and plotting and there’s a
    science (or magic, if you will) behind it. It’s super fascinating.

    Good luck to all writers who are starting out!

  4. Fanfic is a great way to get started! Like you said, the world and characters are already built and you get to play with them and test how the characters would react to situations the Canon never put them in. Fanfic is perfect for working on character development and it helps you get away from worrying so much about world building details, so you can focus on the story at hand. I know it gets a bad rep, but personally Iove fanfic for those reasons.

    Have you ever tried writing fanfic of your own characters? :sweat_smile: It sounds kind of silly, but picking up your characters and moving them to a different world or different situation they would never face in their story are a great way of learning about them and developing them. And they make good practice for when you want to write, but don’t have the energy to focus on a big project.

  5. Who are these people and who hurt them? XD Personally I love writing blog posts that break down concepts and ideas and I also find them very helpful. I guess what they are saying is if you only read, and never write, they wont help you… :thinking:

    I am like you though, I love learning and increasing my knowledge arsenal. Maybe I wont use that writing tip right now, but it might come in handy when I face that issue down the road.

    I agree! The more you learn the more you recognize the possibilities. Things start to connect better because you know techniques to make the story deeper and more interesting. Its hard for those realizations to just occur naturally as you are writing, but if you read about how other people are doing it, you can pick up on the techniques a lot easier.

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