Writing is really hard. The most difficult part of writing is beginning. This post will identify five tools you need to get started. Luckily, they’re pretty cheap.
You need a writer (presumably yourself.) You need something to write with, and something to write on. You need a dedicated chunk of time, the right mood, and a desire to finish your story. Here’s the breakdown.
- WHO: You. You can write alone or with other writers.
- WHAT: Writers write with writing implements, like pen, pencil, or crayon.
- WHERE: Writers write on a writing surface, like a sheet of lined paper, graph paper, or your roommate’s wall.
- WHEN: Set aside time. This is the most important thing. Give yourself an hour or two where your phone is off, and the Do Not Disturb sign is up. Time is the #1 most important tool. Don’t have time? Get off social media right now. There. I bet you have at least 30 minutes of your life back.
- HOW: Get in the mood. Put on some good old-fashioned [metal] tunes with Pandora or Grooveshark. If music is too distracting, pop in some earplugs for silence. Capture a small creature to sacrifice. Nothing gets the juices flowing like freshly syphoned life-force! However you establish the mood, make it consistent. Creating a pavlovian response will make it easier for you to drop into the story.
WHY IMPLEMENT THESE TOOLS?
Because there’s a story inside you, bursting to come forth! Because you want to change the world! Because you’re brilliant! Because you just want the incessant babbling in your head to stop. Because your roommate needs a long message smeared across his bedroom wall in small-creature-ichor.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it has to be out of your head and on the page.
Tonight is Thursday, and every Thursday I set aside a two-and-a-half hour block of time: Two hours of solid writing, and intervals to stretch, snack, and complain. If I can do it, you can do it.