Hello! My Name is Hanna Winklemann! I’m a writer, and I love story! I love the romanticism of it all, that picturesque scene of sitting down in a cafe with a laptop and a latte, writing masterpiece after masterpiece. The reality of it is that I hardly write, an affliction surprisingly common among writers. I did a little research and it seems many writers struggle with actually sitting down and writing out the stories that are so vividly active in their heads. If you have suffered from any of these symptoms, keep calm, and keep reading. Here are some tips that will help you out.
Make an action plan: First thing you need to do is set a goal for yourself. Write down how much you want to get done by the end of the day, the week, the month even. Find those gaps in your schedule and use them time to write. Even if it’s only for a half hour, getting something down on paper is better than a blank page.
Location, Location, Location!: Surroundings are everything. Find those places that work best for you. I need a quiet place, I tried that whole “picturesque cafe” option, but at the end of the day all of those people talking and walking by were too much of a distraction. Find yourself a spot – whether that’s an office, the train to work, whatever works best for you, (and no, in front of the T.V doesn’t count.)
Inspiration: Some people listen to music, others look at paintings, or read novels to get ideas. I watch a good movie, seeing a good story told on screen inspires me to write something just as good.
Keep Going: Once you get going don’t stop. It’s the five-more-push-ups scenario, you have it in you to do more, you just need to find that extra push. Find a writing buddy and keep each other accountable. Meet once a week and set up a time to help each other out, when you get stuck.
Write What You Know: A while ago I started writing a story in which the protagonist went through something I was dealing with in my personal life. A few months later I wanted to finish the story, but it wasn’t the same anymore because I didn’t have that same emotional connection anymore.
Write what you know, write what you love.
Alright! Now enough of reading, go and write! No more excuses. Grab your laptop or a notebook and start writing your masterpiece!
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