Sometimes we overthink the writing process so much that we shut down before we even get started. Here are 4 easy steps to start writing today.
- Clear your head: Before you even start trying to write you need to get your head in the right place. Which means trying to clear it of everything else that usually clouds your thoughts. If you keep thinking of all the things you need to get done in the day, write them down in a list so they don’t lead to mental congestion. Let go of the thought, “ this has to be the perfect book” and allow yourself to just be creative and write down whatever comes to mind. You can fix it up later, the goal now is just to get some information down.
- Actually schedule time to write in your calendar: People think they will just get around to writing, but lets be honest, that doesn’t happen. If you really do want to finally write the book you have been thinking about for so long, it will take discipline. If you don’t schedule out writing time, then something else will end up taking that place. You can even start small if you want, schedule about 1 hour a week and then see how it goes.
- Organization is key: Create an outline to help you figure out what it is you’re actually trying to write about. Some people don’t like the idea of an outline because they feel like it takes away from their creativity. But to me an outline is more like a roadmap, it helps you to know what direction you are headed. But you can choose whatever route you want in order to get there.
- Start Writing: At some point you have to just bite the bullet and actually start writing. It’s okay if it’s not perfect, just get something on the page. This stage is really more about ideas anyway.