Tips to simply start writing

Writing is quite a challenging task.

Ernest Hemingway  said that “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” and perhaps he is right. Not all the people find it easy and sometimes it takes a lot of experience before delivering a good piece of writing.

This is why I encourage you to simply start writing. I know it might seem strange, but writing is like riding your bike. The more you practise, the more you enjoy it!

I usually ask my students to first start reading and exploring authors and genres. I keep in mind William Faulkner‘s advice:

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”

But never give up! Be patient and i am sure you will write better or more lines than the first time you started.

So my 10 basic tips are the following:

1. Read a lot, if possible aloud.

2. Listen to teds and join conferences.

3. Use a dictionary anytime you need to check for words.

4. Avoid long sentences and words that you are not sure about their meaning.

5. Draft and re-draft as many times as you need before delivering a final text.

6. Make a plan and a word map before starting to write.

7. Avoid repetitions.

8. Be confident about yourself when writing, because you can become a good writer.

9. Writing is not only about ideas, but also about handwriting and layout.

10. Don’t be afraid to look for a good model before writing your own.

These are simple steps but effective ones.

I invite you to reflect on them and to find out more tips that can help you become a good writer.

I also tell you that there is no perfect recipe, it depends on every person and on the purpose of every piece of writing, so get started.

Ps: it seems that we all say the same…writing

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
Stephen King

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