In a previous post, I talked about three reasons why you should start writing now. Today, I’m going to address three ways you can start now. (I thought about giving you five ways, but I decided to stay with threes.)
There are numerous ways to start writing now, but these three have helped me get started and keep me going. We’ll talk about
- Carrying a notebook all the time.
- Starting (and continuing) a writing practice.
- Making it easy to write.
1. Carrying a notebook all the time
Keeping a notebook and pen handy all the time is a good way to start writing.
It could be argued that you don’t need a notebook since everyone has a smart phone with note-taking capabilities. That could work.
I would counter that there is something about the physical connection between your hand and the paper that syncs you with the act of writing that a phone doesn’t.
2. Start a writing practice
You can call it Morning Pages (as described by Julia Cameron in The Artist’s Way), journaling, or writing practice. It doesn’t matter as long as you do it regularly, preferably every day.
This is another reason it is helpful to have a notebook handy. Writing practice works best when it’s done longhand.
3. Make it easy
There are times when it feels like too much effort to write. The best thing to do is to make it easy on yourself.
How can you make it easy?
- Use the notes app on your phone.
- Have a word processing app on your iPad or Kindle Fire (or other tablet).
- Use the word processing app/program on your computer.
- Use Google Drive or Dropbox or some other cloud storage service if you work on different devices.
These are just a few ways you can make it easy on yourself to start writing sooner rather than later.
What are you going to do?
Of these three ways to start writing, what are you going to do to get started? Remember, “Someday” is not a day of the week
Leave a comment and tell me what you’re going to do. I’d like to cheer you on.