Start writing the moment you finish a writing course. Or maybe you just graduated from college, and you wanted to write. Let no one stop you. Even if you’re someone who has just retired and decided to start that book you’ve always dreamed of in life, go ahead and start writing.
Or maybe not.
Maybe you need to slow down. Why? Maybe because the moment you sit down in front of the computer, you’ll find your fingers paralyzed and unable to type any of the grand ideas you’ve had in mind. Yes, it’s Writer’s Block you’re facing.
To avoid yourself having to face the greatest nemesis of authors (writer’s block), you have to make a number of major decisions before you start writing. Answer the following questions.
- What topic do I want to write about?
- How do I want to package and present my ideas to my target audience?
- Should I write about fiction or about non-fiction?
These may sound elementary but are essential so you can start writing and be on your way to being a proficient writer. As I have stated from my newest book “The Writer within You”, you should observe careful planning to avoid the dreaded writer’s block.
Fiction or Nonfiction? Start Writing After Answering These Questions
As you develop your idea, you have to then decide on whether you’ll start writing about fiction or nonfiction. You should consider your writing style. Do you write in a fanciful style or are you more on the journalistic side? Is your topic best presented using a strictly factual context or will it be given justice using a fictitious setting? If you think fiction is more appropriate for you, the next question you should ask is whether you can start writing a first-rate plot. Also, consider whether you possess the sensitivity needed to fine tune characters and settings. You should also be able to write a dialogue which can reflect your characters’ nature. Once you believe you’ve got all it takes to start writing a fiction, decide next on whether you’ll write a mystery, novel, or a series of short stories.
If you choose the nonfiction route, you have to remember to write valuable and relevant topics which your audience will read and be interested about. Go to the library to research or scour the internet for valuable information on the topic you’re writing. Present your content in the most appealing way that you can.
Searching for Ideas to Start Writing
Many people possess a general idea of what they want to start writing about. Some are more fortunate because they have the details they need to present the best content. So if you don’t have much information at hand to start with writing, look at your personal experiences and those of the people around you (friends, family, colleagues). Just look closely and be patient and you’ll surely find these ideas to help you to start writing.
Check out the freelancers’ bible “Writer’s Digest”. It’s one of the greatest resources you can find. It has 1175-page compendium which is revised annually. It also lists 50 categories and 60 types of trade journals. It is a great tool to help you come up with ideas, regardless of your topic or subject.
As mentioned earlier, you can also find other helpful directories through your local library’s reference room and the internet’s leading search engines for unlimited ideas. If that’s not even enough to help you start writing, personalized coaching to help you with your writing is available on the web. Just search for my fellow book coaches online to help you get started with writing
So forget all the excuses and start researching. There’s a very good chance you’ll find unlimited ideas which will interest you. Keep them. Most of my students find it difficult to start writing once they’ve started hitting the publish button. There’s a high chance that you’ll be hooked once you get exposed to the wonderful world of writing. So what are you waiting for? Start today!