7 ways to start writing

An end to the struggle

You have all kinds of stories in mind that you would like to write down. But starting to write is often a struggle. How do you start

Sometimes these stories have been in your head for years. Locked up and cherished, waiting around to be liberated.

Those are perhaps stories about your own life. Family stories. Blogs, with which you want to give your view of the world. Or perhaps stories that you come up with entirely yourself.

You have already made a start or have written individual stories in various scripts.
You have arranged a pleasant workplace for writing.
You may even have rented a house to devote yourself entirely to writing.
But you still get stuck. It just doesn't happen to actually let that first sentence flow out of your head.



Do you also make circumferential movements?
Incidentally, it is not that you are struggling to actually start.

Many people who do something creative first make circular movements before they start. Drink something, prepare things, add some music, walk around, fill the washing machine, and so on.

Only then will you succeed in surrendering to writing, trying out, discovering, removing and adding again.

I know it all too well. It often requires endless cups of coffee or tea.

But then there is still the question of how you actually make that start. That's why a series of tips.

1. Make it easy on yourself
As easy as possible, so that as few things as possible get in your way.

Often you have a certain story in mind, which you think about most often. Write that story in broad lines. Just as you would tell a well-known person (lyricist Leonore Noorduyn explains very well on her blog why that works ).

A rough version, without fuss.

2. Select a theme
In the multitude of stories it is sometimes difficult to choose what you start with. There are often many common threads. Choose one theme from which you will now focus. That provides guidance. Your personal development from then to now. All the women in your family. Rituals. The kids.

Choose and start!

3. Tell why
What also helps is to first write a piece why it is so important for you to write these stories down. Is there a compelling reason? Are the stories meant for a specific person or group? Why is this writing important to you? How did you get started?

If you see why it is important (and that may also be because you want to get your own story clear!), It is also easier to get started.

4. Find a stick behind the door
Your wish to write is comparable to all those dreams of people to paint or to exercise regularly. The intentions are good, but in practice there are always excuses.

It's raining, your head is not in it, your children need attention.

The point is that the circumstances are never perfect.

The question is therefore: how much do you want to write? If you really want something, you find your own way that fits into your agenda. If necessary, you get up half an hour earlier, you watch less television or you work late in the evening. There is always a way to free up extra time to dedicate what is important to you.

In addition, sometimes you just need someone to take under your arm. A buddy, a writing course or perhaps a writing coach. Then at least it will happen!

Does this apply to you? Then find a person who cares. Or someone who wants to be your 'stick behind the door'. And so you have peace of mind.

5. Create a fixed writing moment
There is another parallel with sports: the chance of regular exercise is considerably greater if you do that at a fixed moment. Once it's in your routine, it's not that hard anymore.

Therefore create your own writing time at a fixed time of the week. Or maybe every day. The more routine, the less you have to think about it, the easier.

Do not write that story at once with beautifully sculpted sentences, but first make a rough version. First the story must be out of your mind. You then work on the structure and as the very last step you will plan, polish and make beautiful.

If you unravel the different writing phases in this way, the writing becomes a lot easier. And the easier, the earlier you start.

7. Put your doubts overboard
Many of us fight with undermining thoughts, sometimes for years.

Suppose nobody wants to read my work. Suppose it is not good enough. Suppose I get a lot of criticism.

These nasty thoughts are often the true reasons why it's hard to get started. If the writing is important to you, put those thoughts aside. For example, say to yourself: "It doesn't matter if someone reads it, I just want to write it down."

That gives relief. And you know one thing for sure: that story will come!

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