Do Not Be Afraid

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

Every writer is intimidated by the blank page. If it’s not intimidating, then you’re probably not serious enough about your writing. A committed writer is concerned about making sure the written material is correct, interesting, and good enough to be read. We obsess over our work before letting anyone near it, and that’s normal for a writer. However, just because it’s normal, doesn’t mean we have to be a slave to it. We have to overcome the intimidation. We have to start writing. Do not be afraid.

Easier said than done, I know. So, here are some practical tips to get you started.

  1. Write one true sentence. Then write another. And another.
  2. Only start with a blank page once. After that, pick up where you left off the day before.
  3. Write “I’ll fill in this sentence later.” and then begin with the innermost thoughts of your main character.
  4. Start in action. Write an exciting scene and you’ll be excited to get started.
  5. Do a quick workout before sitting down to write. Your dopamine levels will be up and ready to go.

Have other tips? Leave them in the comments!

Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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