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6 Amazing Tips to Start Off With Your Writing Journey

Shibangi, a writer by passion has dreams of being a renowned author and is continuously learning about everything required to write a book.

Introduction

Reading is a habit to which everyone should get addicted. For ten long years, I’ve been a book addict, and the genre that interests me the most is fiction. The way some stories are written, it seems the writer brings life into every page of his book.

Reading is a common habit among many people. It is refreshing and enlightening. Not just fiction, many non- fiction categories like self- help books are also fascinating in their own way. They help to cope up with real-life problems and bring a positive effect on our lives.

While reading these books, have you ever felt like writing one yourself? Have you ever felt a strong urge to start writing your own book? Are you confused about where, how, or when to begin writing your book? Are you suspicious about your ability to write?

If your answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, then here are some simple tips to boost your confidence and prepare you to start writing.

1. Transform Self-Doubt into Self-Belief

Every person in this world is unique. Everyone possesses in them certain capabilities. No one is lesser than the other. If you are doubtful about your writing abilities before even attempting, then at least think of giving it a shot. Everything is possible if you start believing yourself.

You might not get immediate results. But remember, God never fails those who keep trying despite failures. After all, failure forms the foundation of success. Instead of harboring doubt in your mind about your caliber, believe in it.

2. Say Goodbye to Procrastination

When a person keeps postponing to complete his/her task within a particular time frame, it is called procrastination. The definition of the word might sound simple. But its extent of harmful effects on our lives is alarming.

Justifying my previous statement, I would like to give an example. Almost everyone has the same idea in mind, but how much time one takes to interpret the thoughts depend on them.

Some would scribble it down and work on it after a couple of days. Some others will work it on as soon as the idea strikes on the mind.

I would recommend you to belong to the second category. If you have got an idea, work on it as soon as possible without any second thought.

Because if you delay, then any other person would interpret it before you and you can do nothing except regretting. Thus, getting rid of procrastination is necessary.

3. Stop Thinking and Start Writing

Thinking leads you nowhere because it is the action that makes noise the most. If you are not that good at first, there is nothing to worry about. No one is perfect in this world.

Even the great writers had faced many difficulties and made many mistakes. But the best thing that they did is they started off and never turned back. So, just start writing!

You might not be good at first but you will get better as you continue writing. Your consistent efforts will fetch you better results.

4. Look Around Yourself for Ideas

Now, if you have made the determination to step on the path of writing, the next step is writing itself. However, the pertinent question is, what to write? Which topic to choose to begin your writing journey? This can be very confusing for many people.

You might feel you have no idea that could be shaped up creatively. However, it is not true at all! Ideas are everywhere-your daily life problems, the various people you come across, any unforgettable event, the things around you- they all are ideas.

It is up to you to pick them up and paint them with your creativity through brainstorming.

5. Be a Keen Observer

Observation helps a lot in writing. You cannot just sit alone all the time and brainstorm ideas on your own. You have to remain aware of what is happening around you. The concept of observation differs for fiction and non-fiction writers.

Observation for a fiction writer means taking a close notice at the people they come across, places they visit, the setting of a place, and ongoing trends. It helps them to develop their ideas and adds a tinge of reality to their imagination.

For a non-fiction writer, looking at the problems of their own life deeply and deriving solutions for it is observation. In this way, they help themselves and other people facing the same problems too.

6. Discover Your Writer’s Routine

Now that you have gone through what steps you have to follow before starting to write, let us know how to make the writing practice consistent. Firstly, take out the thought of being a perfectionist and write as much as you can.

The second thing is to find out what type of setup makes you feel like writing. A suitable setup for writing varies from person to person and contains the following aspects:

a) Location and Surroundings

The location mainly depends on your comfort zone as a writer. Some people are comfortable to write on laptops and notepad of mobile phones remaining confined to their room while others prefer to write with a pen/pencil and a diary on a terrace, park, beach, or any other natural environment.

While some need a peaceful ambience, others might need some kind of noise or buzz for writing. So, you have to decide what type of surrounding makes it easier to get into the writing zone.

b) Time

Now, everyone has their own time where they are the most productive. Some people prefer to write in early morning hours, some in the evenings, and others use the night time. Some people are efficient in writing throughout the day. Discover your productive hours and utilize them effectively.

Always carry a pocket notebook for the ideas and inspirations that strike at the odd hours. You can always go back to those ideas and start working on them according to your suitable timings.

c) Continuity

Like any other activity, writing might also become exhausting at a point but not necessarily for everyone. However, if you feel the need to take a short break from writing then don’t hesitate.

Taking a break doesn’t mean to discontinue your writing practice. Instead, it helps you rest and rejuvenate your brain. It will help to visualize your ideas in a new light.


The continuity in writing might differ from person to person. Some people can write continuously for a week and some don’t stop for a few months.

Once they are done working on their idea, they keep it aside and get back to it after a short break. This helps them to take some rest and find a new perspective on their work.

Find out what works best for you. In this way, you will be able to improve your writing skills as well as your thought process.

Conclusion

Writing is a journey where you can be near to perfection with your consistent efforts. Although you might not reach it every time but don’t let that disappoint or discourage you.

Instead, focus on your journey of writing. The most important aspect of this journey is to cherish it and try to improve yourself with time.

These are a few ways to motivate you to start your writing journey and to remain persistent through it. I hope it might help you. Let me know in the comments section any other ways you have discovered to start this beautiful journey.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shibangi Das

Comments

Shibangi Das (author) from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on September 03, 2020:

Yes Avyukth, writing needs a lot of focus. a small sound can distract you or break your flow. as I am living with my family in a rented house, I do not have my own writing space much. So, I try to write mostly at night time or afternoons. For stories and poems, I like penning down my thoughts in a notebook, but for articles, I prefer typing it out on a computer. Thanks for sharing your writing routine.

Avyukth Krishna from Bangalore on August 26, 2020:

Hey Shibangi.

I really like the point on finding the right routine. Writing requires a lot of mental focus. It is important that you are in the optimum state of mind while doing so. And as you have rightly mentioned, everyone has their own way of getting into the zone. Personally, I write best in the mornings when my mind is fresh. I prefer typing it out on a computer and I love silent spaces. Thank you for this amazing article !

Shibangi Das (author) from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on August 24, 2020:

Yes Nikhil, I love reading especially fiction books. They are so fascinating. While some are relatable to our daily lives, others can take you to a different world from where you won't want to come from.

Nikhil Sharma from India on August 24, 2020:

Hi Shibangi!

This is an amazing article on the importance of reading and writing as a whole. You've thoughtfully converted your unique and exciting ideas in the easiest way possible.

It's also fascinating to know that you've been reading fiction books for around a decade now. I'm sure you must have lived many characters throughout these years by reading the books. I'd strongly suggest this article for everyone who wants to know how to start writing but don't know where or how to start. Awesome work, Shibangi. A big thumbs up!

Shibangi Das (author) from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on August 24, 2020:

thank you Sowrabha ma'am

Shibangi Das (author) from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on August 24, 2020:

thank you!

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on August 23, 2020:

Really nice hub.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on August 23, 2020:

Hi Shibangi , well expressed ideas which will helpful to get their writing act together. Thanks for sharing.

Shibangi Das (author) from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha on August 22, 2020:

Thank you Poonam ma'am!

POONAM MALIK from Faridabad on August 21, 2020:

Amazing content and style, Shibangi! It is a huge booster with its simple and striking style. Surely you have a long way to go.