Most writers are readers first, whether historical, research, romantic mystery or spiritually focused. Many well-versed writers either read extensively or have experienced challenges because varied in-depth, life-changing venues. Remember, your best writing already is “in” you.
Let’s talk about how to put those thoughts on paper. First, take time to discover what inspires you:
Are You A Romantic? We all have that special someone—first love, new love, unforgettable moments or situations that strengthened a love relationship. Most important here is to write straight from the heart, making each scene as real for the reader as it was for you.
Do You Love To Travel? Don’t consider taking that next trip without a pad, pen or tape recorder. You don’t have to write the perfect copy from the hotel or cruise ship, but become more aware of your surroundings. Take an “inside perspective” of the décor and service, note the ambience, and be prepared to describe your experiences. Many magazine publishers would appreciate a first hand description of popular vacation “hot spot” or cruise packages. It is a great way to “break the ice” and achieve your first byline.
Are You Interested In Healthy Eating? Canvas health magazines, family journals and review food commentary pages of local newspapers. Your approach might include writing an overview of the variety of uses of a particular health related food, like Tofu. You might include a tasty recipe idea. You might even submit a picture of the final “tasty dish” with your article. If attractive enough, you not only have a first article, but you’ve also become a self -made photographer.
How About “How To”? Have you ever wondered how books like “Computers for Idiots” became so popular? Don’t! Generally, people want to know how to do just about every conceivable thing you can imagine. You may have a creative way to cut corners in home improvement, gardening, or interior decorating. You may also have successful child rearing tools and techniques. Whatever it is, someone wants to read about it. All you need to do is write the details.
As a first-time writer, focus what you know or have personally experienced. Let the words flow. Don’t analyze your thoughts while they are thoughts. Spending too much time rethinking can spoil a great work in the making.
Stay personal. Write as if you are verbally telling the story or having a conversation with a good friend. Maintaining a casual attitude keeps you relaxed and open to ideas and witty thoughts.
Let your first draft be a “free flowing” experience. Have fun with it. You can get technical later. If it hasn’t already, writing will become part of you. Similar to riding a bike, the more you write, the better it gets, and the more comfortable you’ll become. Let your inner spirit guide, direct and keep you on track.