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30 Days of Writing Tips – Day 22 – Just Start

Jump in and start anywhere.

  • If you know the conclusion of what your’e writing, start there.
  • If you’ve got an idea but you know it goes in the middle, somewhere, start there.
  • If all else fails write something like “this is the start of this article about… ” and fill in the blank.

I think actually getting started, even if its nonsense,  moves  us off the perceived problem of not knowing how to start. Once you write anything, you’ve moved beyond that because you’ve actually started the writing. Your mind will then start working on other parts of the piece.

It’s also important that you don’t let a mild case of ‘I don’t know where/how to start’ develop into something resembling writer’s block.

Maybe it will help to realize that there’s no wrong way to start a piece of writing, at least not when we’re creating a rough or first draft. Any start can be edited later, but if you don’t get started there’s no way you’ll ever get finished.

So start!

How do you get started writing?

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  • jorgekafkazar

    It doesn’t hurt to use a template or a “go-by” to speed things along, if you can find one. There’s a surprising amount of “boilerplate” that applies to many projects, depending on the business involved. This can save a lot of time. It can also create huge embarrassment if you get sloppy and leave, for example, a prior client’s name in the final document. A “seek-and-destroy” mission ([CTRL] H) for such terms will usually clean the document up quickly, but is not a substitute for a close read. The important thing here is that a template gives you many potential places to start placing text, even if all you have is the outline headers.

    Templates and partial go-bys can be found in a number of places: The Internet, old project files, a library, or even by requesting one from the client, when necessary and feasible. Don’t forget the possibility of scanning an older hard-copy, where available.

    • You can also create your own… I have several, and yes, I’ve embarrassed myself 😉

  • Anne:

    “Just start. And keep on starting.” That pretty much sums up Neil Fiore’s “The Now Habit.” Doesn’t have to be perfect – that’s what editing and rewrites are for.


    • This is so true Mark, just start. So easy and so often overlooked.

  • Well this is timely — I was just looking at the questions I’m getting from writers lately, and one of the always popular is, “What would be the best way to get started as a freelancer?” And it’s always from someone who also asked me that a year ago!

    The best place to start is…wherever you’re willing to. What are you willing to do — get your writer site up, start a blog, send a query, make a call, attend an event? Then do it. Write the nut graf, write out all the quotes you want to use…start at any point. But start.
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    • Yes, starting where we are is actually the only choice isn’t it?

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