My writing sanctuary
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GET EXCITED ABOUT WRITING
If you are reading this post, you want to be a writer. You want to be a blogger, a freelance writer,
a story teller. You have great ideas, solutions to problems, and a story to tell but you're not sure how to start. If you're new to writing, you might find writing intimidating and overwhelming. Perfectly natural! Follow these tips and get excited about writing in general, writing to blog, and writing to get published.
If you’re new to writing, practice. Journaling is a good exercise in writing. Get a journal book to
write or journal in your electronic devices. I keep a journal in my MacBook Pro in a folder labeled Journal. Write whenever and wherever. Write as much or as little as you want. Reflect about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and the highs and lows in your life, at work, etc. Try these easy steps to get you journaling. It’s your story. Write it. Save it.
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR/ AN OP-ED
Here's a great way to get published. Write a letter to the editor or an op-ed essay. It’s a good start to getting your words in print. This is a good outlet to express your opinion, your solution to an issue, or your response to a view different from your own. I’ve had a few letters to the editor and op-ed pieces published in our free neighborhood newspaper, our local newspaper, and in a major newspaper. Follow these strategies and write your first letter to the editor and op-ed piece for publication consideration.
JOT DOWN IDEAS
Never forget a good idea. Jot down a thought, a brainstorm, or a topic you want to write about. I carry pencils and a small notebook with me just to jot down story ideas that pop into my head. I’m a runner. When I get a brainstorm during a training run or a race, I pull out my iPhone and type the idea in the iPhone Notes. Or I record my idea in the phone recorder. Here's a story idea I jotted down not too long ago. After I woke up from my umpteenth endoscopy, I shared with my husband that during my endoscopy, I dreamed I was blogging about the endoscopy. Still groggy, I was excited about this future blog post topic. After the anesthesia wore off and on the way home, I typed in my iPhone Notes – "First time ever, I dreamed that during my endoscopy I was blogging about the endoscopy – this is a future blog post topic!” Now, I just need to write it. Here are some good tips for jotting down ideas.
JOIN A WRITERS' GROUP
You don't have to write alone. Join a writers' group. Even though I am a published writer and a book author, I am a member of a local writers' group - the South Jersey Writers' Group. I am surrounded by other writers. We support each other. Had I not joined this group, I would not have known about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. This past November I wrote the first draft of my memoir in 27 days. I am glad I kept a journal all these years and saved all my small notebooks filled with thoughts, ideas, and experiences. Both helped me to write my memoir. Local bookstores, including Barnes & Noble, also have writers' groups. These groups can inspire you to stay motivated. You will find support, receive feedback, learn great tips, and get inspiration from local published writers and speakers. Click here to find a writing group in your area.
I write about ultrarunninng.; therefore,I read about ultrarunnng .
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Readers make good writers. If you want to write, read. You’ll become familiar with the various writing styles and genres. Read about the topic you want to write about. Read letters to the
editor. Read op-ed pieces. Read about writing. You’ve just read this post. You’re off to a good start.
Writing is a journey. Writing requires endurance, perseverance, and patience. Writing to be published might take a bit longer. But sometimes your topic idea is just what the publisher or publication is looking for. Sometimes your first query letter will result in your first published piece. But one thing is for sure - WRITE! And write with passion! Take note of Louis L’Amour's advice - “Start writing no matter what; the water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”