On Writing

I absolutely love to write. My biggest problem – the one that’s kept me from starting on that novel that’s been floating around my head for over 15 years now – is that I sometimes lack confidence in my writing ability. In order to overcome this issue, I continuously collect tips on writing from various sources. Some of these tips come from books on writing. Others come from different websites that I have come across over the years. In this series of posts, I plan to pass on some of the tips I have learned while trying to make myself a better writer. Hopefully this series of posts helps me as much as it helps you.

The first tip that I would like to share, probably the most important, comes from a post over at lifehack.org: Just do it. Yes, it does seem to be a bit cheesy, but it is the most important tip I’ve seen. If you are going to write, you have to begin somewhere. The best place that I’ve found to begin is to just start writing. If you don’t like how it turns out, you can always edit it when you’re finished. Or you can scrap it and start completely over (which is rare for me).

Now that you’re (hopefully) writing, I’ll follow up in a future post with other tips that I’ve discovered along the way. I’m by no means an expert on the subject, but I hope these tips help.