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How To Write - Article by Becca, Teen Blogger


Nanowrimo LogoEveryone who likes to write knows the feeling: you're sitting around, not doing too much of anything, when BAM! Inspiration. It hits you like a bolt of lightning. You run to your nearest writing device and jot down a couple quick notes. This is going to be great, you think to yourself. Day one, two, and three pass without a problem. Soon, you realize you've written the most you have the entire past month! You're on fire! Why don't you do this more often? But that's always when it happens. Day four. You start to lose steam. Your ideas are fading-your fantastic burst of motivation is slipping from your fingers like wet soap.

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, continue reading! This blog post is a how-to, on this very problem.

 

1. Make time

The most vital step in writing is to do just that, write. Keeping a consistent schedule is key. If you find a specific time and place to write each day-before sleep in your room, after supper at the table-it'll keep you on track. Also, this way, you'll have a ton of writing you can work on later. Make sure this time and place is somewhere where you won't be distracted and where you are comfortable.

2. Stay organized

Figure out what you want to write. Is it poetry or prose? What's the mood of your piece? Knowing what you're doing before you go into the process is very important. The best piece of advice anyone has ever given me was to outline my story. It's especially important if you're writing something longer. Even just quickly jotting down events, scenes, or points you'd like to include is incredibly helpful. My favourite way is to write out a rough timeline. Knowing what you're writing is kind of like sketching a forest, with the branches and trunks of the trees drawn in-all you need to do is draw in the leaves.

3. Read

Yes, read. While it might feel like you're procrastinating, or being anti-productive, just trust me that reading other authors writing is the best possible thing. The next time you open up a book, pay attention. How does the author open and close paragraphs? How do they write dialogue? Describe settings and scenes? It's often something you don't really pick up on when you're reading for pleasure. You'll see what techniques successful writers utilize in their own pieces, and it's surprising how easy it is to apply to your own writing.

4. Write

This is probably the most important step of all. You will inevitably have good writing days, and bad writing days. Sometimes you might be really, really into writing a bit of poetry; sometimes a crazy idea for a novel might pop into your head. Whatever it might be, never delete it. You could go back, a week, a month, a year later, looking for a prompt. Also, the more work you have, however bad you think it is, the more you have to edit later on, if you're not really in the mood to write something new.

 

It's important to remember that writing is a process. There is no "perfect writer"-we all have our own unique voices. As long as you enjoy what you are doing, you will learn and grow from writing. It really does become a part of you, as cheesy as that sounds. It is a great hobby for anyone, one that anyone can learn. So, whether you're trying your hand at poetry, short stories, blogging, or participating in this year's Nanowrimo, good luck, and have fun!

Happy National Writing Month!

 

Becca,

Teen Blogger

 

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