How to Start Creative Writing

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Writers are a particular bunch – we have a deep desire to write that is often accompanied by an almost paralyzing aversion to writing. If you have never been in an environment that supports creative writing, it can be difficult to figure out where to start. So what do you do? At Writerly, we’ve got a few ideas for you:

  1. Read great books about writing.
  2. Buy a blank notebook and try one of these writing exercises.
  3. Take a writing class.
  4. Outline the story that’s stuck in your head and then write a single scene from that story.
  5. Pick up a rhyming dictionary (or use one online), choose a group of rhyming words, and write a rhyming poem with those words.
  6. Instead of staring at a blank page or screen, try meditating for 5-10 minutes before you open your notebook. Lowering your heart rate and relaxing your body can prepare you for writing by allowing you to begin to let go of the inner editor that can stifle early attempts at writing.

The thing about writing is, if you want to do, you just have to do it. Whatever it takes to get you started, do it!

Happy writing!

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