Hi there Wallflower! This post is a request from my friend, and fellow blogger, The Adventurous Blogger from Cups of Adventures Blog and it is one that I have been super excited for. The Adventurous Blogger suggested I write a post about tips I have for writing, and although I am only 16 and truly not a professional, I thought this would be a perfect thing to post to my blog. Whether you are writing an essay, a poem, email, or even a blog post like this one, I hope these tips help you out. Now, let’s get writing!
- Begin writing with a silly opening. Now, this might be a little unexpected, but it is something that I do when I don’t know where to start with something (my best friend can confirm, I do this a lot). Oftentimes I will begin with something goofy like “Howdy there partner!” or “You may be wondering what I am writing to you today…” or even “LOOK ALIENS!” and that goofiness can help me get going. Most of the time these openings get edited out later, but who knows? Maybe it will end up being just what you needed…
- Don’t worry about spelling and grammar. Just scribble or type out what you want to say and fix the errors later.
- Write down everything! It is so much easier to cut down your writing than to fill space and sometimes the most random or abstract thoughts will be the ones you were looking for.
- Bring a pen and paper with you everywhere. Yes, that’s right everywhere. This might be my favorite tip, and it doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s as simple as leaving an extra notebook and pen in your backpack or leaving one on your bedside table. I cannot even tell you how many poems, songs, and story ideas I have had at the most bizarre times, and having my materials with me has saved me in SO many situations. Creativity comes in waves.
- Write as often as you can! Write on your good days, write on your bad. Write about all the things you dream of saying aloud and the things that you are afraid to. Write about things that are true, and write about the imaginary. The bottom line is, writing is writing. There is no good, there is no bad, but you can always improve, grow, and get better. Worlds of magic await you…
The Woodland Wallflower