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A Year of Writing Tips #2

Writing in our heads? Easiest thing to do ever. Writers do it all the time.  I’m doing it right now.

Actually sitting down and writing at a laptop? Well, that’s a different story. It’s all well and good plotting every aspect of the next scene in our heads but every writer has to be in the right mood to want to sit down and type, especially with all the distractions around us. (Social Media, I’m looking at you.)

 

Create your own space

Whether that’s your own desk free of clutter, or heading down to your local coffee shop. Finding the right space to write is important if you want to write. This spot might change depending on your own mood or wants, but somewhere you will have little distractions is a good start.

Free-write

Not bothered to write that scene? Then write anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 100 word ramble about your characters favourite cake flavour or a scathing letter to someone you don’t like. Write anything you want, and you may find that breaks the dam and leaves you wanting to write more.

Prompts

So you want to write that scene. But you’re stuck. You can’t get into the flow of the story. Try looking up some writing prompts. I personally find dialogue prompts the best to work with, but any will do. And then write something based on that prompt. You may easily slip into the scene you’re trying to write. You may write a completely different scene. But you’re writing.

Re read your work

Sit your butt down, open your document and read the last two or so pages that you wrote. Maybe it will spark some inspiration. Maybe you edit a couple of things. Maybe you get to the end and write a little more. While your initial draft may suck a little, it rarely fails to make me want to continue.

 

How do you get in the mood to write?

Good thoughts and happy writing!

 

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