By- Tom Kubrak
Ahhhh, you’ve decided to become a writer. You’ve written plenty of essays in high school and college. It can’t be that hard right? I mean you got A’s and B’s on those essays.
Freelance writing is a different beast though. If you have decided to go down this path, You may be asking yourself…
Crappy pages is just about writing. It doesn’t even need to make sense. It’s about gaining momentum on this new journey that you have chosen. When you’re just starting out it’s essential to get in the habit. The best way to do that is to start with one crappy page a day. Again, it’s not about editing and stopping in the middle and telling yourself, “Wait! That doesn’t make sense.”
It’s not supposed to make sense!
As you go forward with your crappy pages you can get creative with it and write short stories that don’t make a whole lot of sense in the beginning. Turning it into Crappy Stories.
If you continue to go forward you’ll start to notice your crappy pages turning into pretty good stories.
Having a routine when you start writing is vital to getting the best out of your chosen path to write. It’s about blocking everything out. Whether that is a cup of coffee, tea or ice water when you set up, find it and keep it consistent. For some people it’s a certain pen, music playlist or notebook that they use. This will allow you to get into the mindset of whatever piece you’re trying to write a lot quicker.
Check out this post by Kelton Reid about “8 strange writing rituals of productive writers” here https://www.copyblogger.com/writing-rituals/
Sometimes you’re going to be in a rush and you’re going to be struggling to hit a deadline. You’re going to want to skip your ritual and just get right to typing. But… this writing ritual can’t be abused. It’s something that can’t be skipped. It has to be honored. If you do abuse it, it may work in that moment you needed to do it, but over time you’ll experience the negative side effects. You’ll see it in your work.
Having a Writing Ritual allows you to get in the mindset of writing no matter how good or bad you are feeling that day. That’s why it needs to be honored and done each time you write.
When you’re just starting out you don’t have a lot of motivators. Yes, you have to be able to hold yourself accountable. That’s massively important but if you want to write a lot more pieces then, having people hold you accountable is another vital element to not have your writing projects fall off of the table for too long. That may just be telling a stranger about what you’re writing to give you that extra boost of, “Hey… that person is looking forward to reading my story when I finish it now.”
Let’s face it too, in the beginning you’re not going to get paid. So you’re motivator then becomes the people who you have told and the people that you’re writing about.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
— Louis L’Amour
By- Tom Kubrak
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