How to Start Writing
Writing and publishing the Monday Mailer has been one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had online. It’s allowed me to share my work, improve my writing, and connect with people all over the world. I often hear from folks who want to start writing on a regular basis but don’t know where to begin.
It’s easy to look at individuals who write and publish new articles multiple times a week, like Seth Godin, and feel intimidated. But it’s important to remember that everyone, from world-class authors to niche bloggers, starts at the same place: zero.
Zero writing skills. Zero online presence. Zero audience. Zip. Zilch.
If those people can improve their skills, publish on a regular basis, and build an audience, so can you. It all comes down to consistent, daily practice. Putting your butt in the chair and doing the work. Start by setting a target; maybe 250-500 words a day. Every day. No matter what.
In the beginning, write without worrying about proper spelling, punctuation, or grammar. Don’t get hung up on that stuff. It’s far more important to focus on creating a new habit; on making words happen with some regularity. What you write might suck, at first. That’s perfectly normal, and should be expected. You’ll want to throw it all away, but I encourage you to resist the urge. One day you’ll look back at those early pieces and marvel at how much you’ve improved.
Write about your life, your challenges, or something you’ve learned recently. Write about the weird thing your dog did this morning. Write about your relationships, or your career. Whatever pops into your head. Try to be vulnerable and honest. Everything under the sun has been written about before, but no one can replicate your experiences and what they’ve brought to your life. You have a unique angle on just about everything – express it!
With time and a bit of dedicated practice, you’ll be cranking words out in no time. That’s what I love about writing. You may not be the next Stephen King or have formal training, but you don’t need it. You don’t need to wait until someone else proclaims you a “Writer.”
As long as you’re writing, you’re a writer. So, get to work.