Getting Started with Your Writing
As much as we know we have a story to tell, questions pop up along the way and stop us in mid-sentence. Questions keep us from sending a query letter, or writing the first chapter, or delving into publishing, or marketing our finished pieces… We want to know that we’re doing it right. Well, sometimes there is no one right way. Sometimes just getting started is the right action to take.
I’ve been hearing from a lot of people lately who want to know how to get started, so I thought I’d share a simple action plan. Remember, this is just one way, but maybe it will work for you.
1.) Get fresh piece of paper (or a blank screen) to write on.
2.) Brainstorm the different key points you want to cover on your topic.
- If you’re writing a how-to article or book, what are the different steps your readers need to take?
- If you’re writing a personal story, what are the milestones that stand out to you?
- If you’re writing a profile on a person or a business, what questions do you have? What questions would your readers have for this person or about the business?
3.) Use what you’ve just written as a loose outline for your writing. Go back and fill in the gaps, include how-tos, add color, quotes and context.
Don’t let questions keep you from taking action. When in doubt, start writing. One of my clients says she just “throws up on the page.” I visualize words spilling out of her mind into a pile on the table. That’s an excellent place to start.
The first draft isn’t the final draft. Just get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper! You can always go back and make them pretty.
And, if you’re waiting for the right moment to start… it’s right now. There will never be “extra” time for writing, so make some time today.
Before you go… leave a comment and tell us what you’re writing about right now.