If there’s anything I miss about school, it’s the amount that I wrote. If you major in anything related to English, Journalism, Creative Writing, or Communication in university, you’re practically guaranteed to write. A TON.
And up until this year, my three years in university had been the most productive period of my life. I was writing almost constantly (I guess being Editor in Chief of the newspaper and taking a ton of writing electives would do that).
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but it wasn’t until I started The Lexicon Writing Blog that I actually starting writing frequently again. I started TLWB mostly so I’d have an excuse to write every week! But here we are, a year and a half later and not only has this blog taken off in ways I never expected, but I’m also writing more than ever.
Because once I started researching my craft, I couldn’t help but write. Once I found areas where I could practice and get feedback, my writing soared. So today, I wanted to highlight five places I found resources that helped me write as much as I have lately.
Pinterest operates as the best kind of search engine: anything you want to find, you’ll find it on Pinterest. But it’s especially helpful for writers. You’ll find a wealth of articles on literally everything you could ever have a question on, plus LOADS of prompts and inspiration, and plenty of good, swift kicks in the ass to get you writing.
Plus Pinterest is the perfect place to compile all the images and links related to your current WIP. Where else can you make amood boardd or inspiration board for all the different outfits your main character will wear? It’s enough to get you writing just the descriptions, let alone everything else.
I mean… there’s nothing like a meme of Benedict Cumberbatch’s face to get you writing, right?
This revolutionized my writing. Once I joined a group with four other women who love to write as much as I do, my writing ran away with me. Writing groups not only allow you to help others, but you can get feedback on your own work, encouragement when you need it, and lots of laughs and commiserating.
If you’ve ever found yourself stuck…for a word, a scene, a character, what to do with someone’s hands in an important moment, your writing group is there for you. They can help you bounce around ideas and tell you when you’re being brilliant or dumb. It’s an invaluable resource.
You don’t have to write in a vacuum. You can find writing groups on Facebook, Tumblr, in your local community, at universities. Do a little research, find some people you trust, and get writing.
Thinking About Writing in My Free Time
This is pretty much all I do now. If I have a bit of downtime, or I’m not in the mood to listen to music or a podcast while I drive or do chores, I’ll think about what I’m writing. Whether it’s a story, a blog post, or anything else, I’ll let it roll around in my head whenever I have the chance.
Once you start doing this intentionally, it’ll become a habit. And the more you think through your current works, the more you’ll be able to sit down to write with a plan.
Carrying a Notebook With Me
Yes, I am that weirdo who will randomly break out a notebook in the middle of a crowded store because I have a line or a song or a poem that I have to write down that instant. It’s happened right after I’ve turned out the light for bed, at 2am, in the middle of dinner, in the middle of a movie, in the middle of Skype and phone conversations.
I just can’t turn down inspiration. So I write it down so I can’t forget it. It’s one of my five inspiration laws and I abide by those no matter what.
You guys know I love to read. And that I encourage reading to improve your writing. And really, the more you read, the more your brain soaks up and the better your writing will be, simply by being a critical reader.
Being in a book club and reading a variety of work has done wonders for my writing, simply because I’m exposing myself to different writers with different methods of writing and different vocabularies. It’s easy to get sucked into the same genre and it’s important to read within the genre’s you write. But if you normally write fantasy, reading a historical fiction or a horror novel might help you work on your descriptions or your dialogue in ways you wouldn’t get from just reading more fantasy books.
I can practically guarantee that once you start doing these five things, the writing will come so naturally, you won’t know what happened. All that’ll be left for you to do is just enjoy the ride and write every chance you can.