Being in lockdown, stuck at home, without work, has ignited an interest in writing for many. Every person has at least one book in them.
Or, you may want to write articles, blogs, or create website content for others. There are many things you can write.
But where or how do you start?
I thought over the next few weeks I’d write a series of posts on offering tips to get you writing, give you an insight into self publishing, and ideas about creating your own covers, among some of the topics to be covered.
There are of course lots of people who say they want to write, and never do. The reasons for this are many.
Starting with lack of time, lack of suitable material to write, no idea how to start and lack of motivation.
Many an author spends a large part of the day getting set up to write, leaving the writing space to go and make a cup of coffee (or in my case tea), returning to the laptop, taking a sip, fingers hovering over the keyboard only to need to go and do the washing up…and so on. You get the idea I’m sure.
Procrastination, or writer’s block is not unheard of, and experienced by many.
Today, I want to simply focus on the time excuse. I’ve got no time. I can’t write because I’m holding down a full time job, I’m a mother, I’ve got a household to run, and so on. Again, the reasons are multiple.
Let’s focus on the I’ve got no time and the job reason.
If you’re serious about writing (and you may just want to write for your own pleasure, or to publish and make money), you can make time.
These days, with laptops, tablets, and mobile phones (not to mention pen and paper), you can write anywhere, anytime.
You an write on the bus, the train, the park, the toilet (yes, you can, no one will know), while waiting in queues, waiting at school pick, attending after school activities and so on.
Saying, I’ve got no time is just an excuse.
Don’t believe me? It’s true. I upgraded to the latest and greatest mobile and Ipad, which are my constant companion and whenever I have a few minutes spare time, I write on either of these devices.
Next, make sacrifices.
Get up earlier to write. Stay up late a night to write. I don’t want to miss out on family life, so I’ve decided to stay up late at night when the house is sleeping to do a large chunk of my writing.
Yes, it’s taken a bit of getting used to, but now I’m there. It beats stressing about the fact I don’t get time to write.
I’ve heard of people writing their novels on their phones while commuting.
Dictation devices are getting better and better, and many authors are using them to dictate. I don’t encourage you to dictate while driving, but you could try it while going for a walk.
At home I’ve got a stationary exercise bike and when I go on it, I take my ipad to write (how good’s that? killing two birds with the one stone).
Not a night person? Get up earlier. Start the day before everyone else in your house. Or, use your lunch break. When I was still holding down a day job, I’d write during lunch.
Do you get the picture? Everyone can make time to write if that’s what they want to do.
How to start?
If you’ve not written at all, and are a complete novice, I’d start with writing five minutes a day. Make sure you do write five minutes a day.
What should you write?
Write what comes to mind. Start writing your novel, blog, or non fiction book. As long as you write, that’s all that matters.
You’ll find that once you’re in the habit of writing, you’re halfway there to finishing your project.
Next post, I’ll cover different writing opportunities from fiction, to non ficton, blogs and websites.
Don’t forget to drop me a line if you’ve got a specific question or topic you’d like covered.
As always during these tough times, stay safe, stay home.
Look after yourself, and your loved ones.
And thanks for reading.
See you soon 🙂