How to Start Writing

While it may seem like common sense, a writing assignment will not get done until the writer sits down and does the work. For writers who suffer from writer’s block, it is important to remember that anything written can be revised after the first draft. Image courtesy of Free-Photos from Pixabay.

Joshua Hernandez

September 27, 2021

If you are a writer, and you are reading this blog looking for advice instead of starting your assignment, you are already doing it wrong.

Sure, I certainly appreciate the views, but as a friend and surrogate father-figure, I have a responsibility to make sure that you, my loyal audience, are better equipped to succeed where so-many self-proclaimed authors fail.

So close the 10 or so YouTube tabs you have open and read these words carefully: you can start writing right now if you wanted to.

I cannot promise it will be amazing, but you can write something down, provided you stop overthinking what you want to say and trust your gut.

Speaking from experience, it is very easy to paralyze yourself with anxiety and spend hours staring at a screen waiting for words to appear.

So take Tyler Mowery’s advice and just try to focus first; once your head is clear, just write what you can.

If you can do that, you can go back and revise what you have.

To quote author John Dufrense, “to expect more from a first draft is to misunderstand the writing process.”

So stop worrying about perfecting your first draft and just write something down already.

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