It’s one thing to talk about writing; it’s another to complete the act. Many writers spend a considerable amount of time thinking about writing, reading about it, or talking to other writers about what it’s like to be a writer. They’ll spend time in chat rooms, on forums, in groups, or the comments sections of blogs. While there’s valuable content in these areas, it’s problematic for the would-be writer. Why? They need to be a writer who writes. Instead, they’re one who likes the idea of writing.
How Can Would-be Writers Get Out of This Rut?
First, read something that matters – valuable content that will help pull you from the rut of consistently pulling you away from your writing. According to a colleague of mine, Mridu Khullar Relph, in Psychology Today, “All I have to say is, there are only so many ways writers can put off writing the things that are important to them, and I’ve done them all.” Why do writers do this? It’s difficult to say. She continues, “You stop arriving at the page expecting to create. You arrive at the page expecting to practice.” Does this sound easy to you? It’s not. You have to make a commitment to yourself and be a writer who writes.
Steps to Be a Writer Who Writes
No matter what kind of writer you are – nonfiction or fiction – it takes commitment to your craft. You must stop making excuses and start writing. Here are some tips:
Make plans on paper:
What do you want to write about?
Are you more successful when you create an outline?