February 12, 2019

7 Things to Help Writers Begin

By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Writers Magazine

The person that sits down to write, stares at the blank white space, can’t think of what to write. Gets up to get something to drink, comes back ready to start, only the words won’t come therefore the fingers don’t move. It never got off the ground.

How do you prevent this from happening?

o   Take notes. When an idea pops into your head, write it down.

o   When you sit down to begin writing make sure you have your notes.

o   From your notes write two paragraphs whether it makes sense or not.

o   After you read the two paragraphs ask yourself what one thought caught your attention.

o   Think of three words that describe the thought.

o   Begin a paragraph with one of those words.

o   Use the other two words in the paragraph.  Continue to write until you have 700 to 1000 words.

If you can continue writing that is great, you will reach more than that word count. If for some reason you can’t get to the 700 words. Then repeat what you’ve done.  Look at the last paragraph. What thought jumps out at you? Choose three words to describe it . . . and use one of those words to begin your paragraph and use the other two words in the paragraph. (Just concentrate on writing this, even if it doesn’t make sense.  It is important you get your creative juices flowing.)

It is important you develop and discipline yourself to write. Some write at least three to five days a week while others have goals to write daily. If you develop a habit of writing you will become more serious about your writing. Just think of the stories you could create!

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