The Hardest Part of Writing is Getting Started

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you know the hardest part of writing is getting started.

You probably get to your computer, look at the blank screen and your eyes start to glaze over or you get that tired feeling.  You’re not alone.

So what can you do about it? Here are some tips:

  • Figure out when you’re able to write–day? night? evening? lunchtime? before work? after work? weekends?
  • Get out your calendar and schedule the time the same way you would schedule any other commitment.
  • Look at your writing set up. Are you writing in the middle of family chaos or did you carve out a writer’s cubby hole or office for yourself where you can focus on your writing undisturbed? HINT: The latter is better.
  • Unplug the phone, turn off the television, create quiet. You may want to play some sort of instrumental music to encourage your muse to join you, but make it something that feeds your creativity rather than drains your energy.
  • If you can’t create quiet, invest in earplugs and use them.
  • When the blank screen intimidates you, begin writing something–anything. Keep typing something like this:  “I’m going to sit here and write anything until something I want to write comes along. I’m going to sit here and write anything until something I want to write comes along.” Repeat for as long as it takes until something else starts to flow.  (It usually doesn’t take very long before you move onto something else.) The beauty of computers is you can always delete the evidence that you were stuck and no one will be the wiser.

Of course, once you get started, often the second hardest part of writing is stopping. Sometimes you need to set an alarm or listen to your body’s aching shoulders. Other times you can write to your heart’s content. The point is you’re working and that’s the first step to getting your book published.

Happy writing!

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2 Responses to “The Hardest Part of Writing is Getting Started”


  1. 1 xxhawkeyexx July 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I know what you mean, it’s hard for me to start writing, but as soon as I begin and get inspired I can’t stop writing.
    I remember one day when I was writing a short story and, when I glanced at the clock, I noticed I had been writing for about three hours and a half!!!

    http://xxhawkeyexx.wordpress.com/

  2. 2 how to write a book that will sell July 27, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that
    would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.


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