Last week, in my post “So, you want to write part 1”, I shared some advice on how to start writing. It’s all about the confidence and mental preparation.
Now, that’s all good and hopefully that post inspired you enough to say “yes, I can do it!”. But now what? In this post, I’ll share some actionable tips on how you can start writing.
As a runner, you need to log the miles to get better. As a writer, you follow the same concept: the more words you jot down, the more you improve. My blog is a great record on how my writing has evolved since I’ve started.
If you don’t know what to write about, Dailypage.co can help. Each day you receive a different prompt and your goal is to write at least 500 words. Once you’re done you can decide if you want to make it public or keep it private. As my friend Nick, one of the co-founders of Dailypage, said “It’s just a place to get words down on paper (or screen) each day. The beauty is in the simplicity. The effectiveness is in the repetition.”
2. Write Wherever
Do you find that when sit down to write, you end up staring at a blank page for what feels like hours, but when you’re in the shower, a thousand words magically come to you? It happens to me and it’s annoying. I try to use a couple of tools to give me access to writing virtually whenever.
The first is a traditional notebook that I can keep on me at all times. Ok not at all times, that’s a lie. I forget my notebook more often than I’d like. What I don’t forget often is my second tool: my phone. The Evernote app is my friend and the Notes app on my iPhone isn’t bad either.
3. Write about what you know
One of the more difficult parts about blogging is thinking of new topics to write about. I’ve found that it’s easiest to write about topics that interest you. For me it’s been food, fitness, travel…myself 🙂 . I found that when you write about what you know, your writing automatically becomes more genuine.
4. Write from your heart
This may not apply if you are writing a research paper or something, but it definitely does apply if you are writing a blog. As cheesy as it may sound, my best writing comes from my heart. I can physically feel it when it does: my chest starts to slowly tighten as the feeling travels up my throat. It’s like I’m actually holding my tongue to write the words paper. When I get that feeling, I know I’m writing about something that matters.
I hope this blog post helps you start thinking about your own writing! I would love to hear from you on what has helped you become a better writer.