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Writing: Just Getting Started, by L

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by experimentswithreason

Getting started is often the hardest part of the writing process. We can feel hindered by many things, from the obvious (lack of ideas, not enough time) to the more subtle (lack of confidence, too many ideas). Thankfully, there are things we can do to diminish, if not completely banish, all of them.

As with any mental state, it’s a good idea to first take a step back, and identify what you feel the issue to be. Ask yourself questions, and don’t afraid to be honest.

  • Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to write?
  • Do you suffer from a lack of ideas or, conversely, too many?
  • Are you plagued by distractions?
  • Are you procrastinating?
  • Is your motivation lacking, and is this for the project, or your faith in your abilities?
  • Do you worry that whatever you write won’t be liked, or that it’s nothing new?
  • Do you simply feel like you don’t know how to say what you want to say?

These common situations can be traced to either a personal root or an external root. The important thing is to take a positive, proactive approach to both: always keep your eyes on the prize and remember that you are trying to get better at writing. Let’s tackle them.

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