Friday, 9 March 2018

Three ways to start writing now

The purpose of this blog is to inspire and motivate writers and especially want to be and new writers to just write.

Even I have had days and months where I just can't seem to write or want to write ... or feel motivated, or inspired or even just have the energy ... and there is so much to do, family life, my life, cleaning the house, going to work, exercise ... and writing seems to be placed at the back end of the line.

Below are three ways to start writing now:

Get in front of your computer

  • Shut down all your social media (don't peak at it, or you will never get off). 
  • Open up your blog or Word and in fifteen seconds or less choose a topic and just write. (If you wait too long, you won't know what to write about and will delay even longer in writing and then just end up closing down your device and doing something else).
  • Just write. (As I have said before. Just write. Write down anything and everything that comes to mind.)

Look at images for inspiration

Do you just need to get away from whatever you have been working on and get your mind somewhere else to refresh. Find an image online, try Google Images, Pinterest or for hard copy images, images from magazines or art books and choose one image. Now have a good look at this image for as long as you need to (okay not too long, more than thirty minutes and you are procrastinating). Now create a story, no matter how short or long and just go with it. Let it be over the top. Let it be different to what you are working on. Just go all out on this story. Do not worry about grammar or language, just write it. 

Now, have a break and get back to your other writing tasks or the new one you want to create and feel how inspired and easy it is to continue/start your writing project.

Speak with people

Socialising with people and finding out interesting life moments and life experiences can inspire us to create a story.

Did any of the above tips work? Let me know in the comments below. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

It's time to get re-inspired

Do whatever you need to do to get re-inspired

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Sometimes when we experience burnout or are simply not in the mood, it could be weeks or months to get back into what we loved.

Recently, I finished writing a romance novel that I wanted to turn into a series but decided first, I would write a new book, one on vampires, but part of the way through I just didn't feel like writing. I wanted to write but I was tired. My daily morning routine became disrupted and I needed a break. I had a lot of other stuff going on and I was exhausted.

So I waited and waited. Each morning I would open my workbook to write as much or as little as I could but I wasn't feeling it.

Then I decided that I should take a break. Normally, I would take a break after I finished a novel so I can mentally let go of the last story. Its like when I read a book, I can't immediately pick up a new story as the last one still lingers.

Surprisingly I put it out there to the universe, I imagined what it would be like to be a full time romance writer. Then without realising it, I started to attract the feelings of romance... Here is one source of inspiration, read my blog post here. I watched a beautiful and innocent romantic TV show.

My mind starting getting thousands of sayings and words and special romantic moments that I simply had to write down and then I started to write again. I realised I needed:

  1.  the time away and then 
  2. the reminder of what I want; and 
  3. the inspiration to begin again.

Now as a sweet reminder to myself, if I want my fantasy of being a romantic writer and earn a wage I can live off forever, there is one thing I need to start immediately and that is to write.

I also needed the inspiration to help refuel my being again to let the romance come alive within my being.

If you are feeling unable to write then I suggest you follow what I did to help get you back on your path.

Never leave it too long, there are too many stories that you need to write.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Routines are important

Why routines are important for writers

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Image via: Larry G. Maguire

If I don't have a set routine that I write a couple of times a week, I don't end up writing. 

Here is an example of my novels writing routine: 

Every morning, four times a week, I spend 50 minutes on the train.  I write up to 1000 words on a single train trip. After about 3-4 months I have finished my first draft of the novel. 

See, now that didn't take long. Some days, I may only write 400 words, others, nothing at all but I still put my intention to do it and generally three out of the four days, I write. 

Now, if I didn't do this I probably would do a thousand words one day and maybe not another thousand words till a week later, this means it would take my book a lot longer to write. Now you can imagine if I only wrote a thousand words once a month. Not only would I need to reread what I wrote the previous month, finishing my book would take even longer. 

So my suggestion for you is, those who want to write a book. Find a regular time and days in the week that you know you just have to write. 

In other words, don't wait for the perfect time to write. Write as often as you can and let your habit be so drilled in, when you have to miss your writing time, you actually feel disappointed. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

I am sitting down to write but nothing is coming

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You are sitting there, pen in hand, distraction free. You even turned off your phone to not get Facebook alerts every few minutes. Yet there is one problem, you can't seem to think of anything to write.

Lesson one: Ideas on where to begin in writing your story

  • Did you have a funny story today? Perhaps you can write it but totally make it larger than life. 
  • Write down what you know and have an interest in.
  • Play around with a character. How do they look, where do they work, what do they eat, where do they hangout? Then introduce other characters and include their faults and how all the characters link together. 
If this isn't helping, how about try the first thought that dominates your mind. 

Or maybe starting a scene. Outer space? Aliens? Horse and carriage? By having a set, may help you know the location and then help you add in the perfect characters to fit the scenes.

There are many ways to help you brainstorm but all you have to do is not fear that what you are writing is not good enough and instead write what you want. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

How to break down the goal of writing my first novel into manageable steps?

Are you wanting to write a novel?

However, the thought of writing 80,000 words or more seems quite daunting?

Or perhaps the idea of spending six to twelve months writing one or two drafts seems very long?

The best way when starting right at the beginning of writing a novel is to set yourself a daily goal of writing.

How will I make time to write every day?

Every time you write, at the beginning write the date. This will remind you every time you write and when the last time you did write.

Dedicate yourself time every day, either at the same time every day or just sometime during the day. Personally, I have a set time every morning, it's on the train, on my way to work. By the time the train reaches its destination, I have written roughly 1,000 words, plus I have the excitement to take with me throughout the day. However, I also write at night time. As anything extra I do is a bonus.

I aim for 1000 words a day but when first starting your very first novel, you should aim for 10 minutes a day. Writing is similar to exercise goals. You want to do it, you know you should do it but you are procrastinating. Put on your timer for ten minutes and start writing.

'Just Write It' Tips to help you get organised and get started

  • Use a calendar to cross or tick every day you write, so you can visually see that you are writing every day.
  • At the end of each writing session write at the top how many words you wrote. Just simply count one page I.e. 100 words then assume the other pages are around 100 words and then multiply 100 by the amount of pages to find a rough estimate.
  • If you want somebody to help guide you, every step of the way, join my writing online courses to receive a wealth of knowledge and tips and advice to get you on the writing journey you want to be. You have to start somewhere and today is the day you should begin. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A journey to motivate and inspire you to write

Hello and welcome to my Just Write It website,

My name is Melanie Toye and to learn more about my writing background, click here.

When I speak with people who are wanting to write they find it hard to write down what they want to write. Some of it is fear base, of course the worry is, what if you write something, especially from the heart and people hate it or worse, laugh at your work. Fear, is never a good reason to not write. More on this later.

Another reason is perfection, you want it to be perfect, so you edit, edit, edit, edit and soon you have changed your story so much you now hate it. Write it, edit it and then do something with it. I.e publish/post.

Another reason is time. You want to do it but you never have enough time. If you want it badly enough you will find time.

I could go on and on but you get the drift. So my blog, is to help those who do want to write and I offer you some motivating thoughts and ideas to help you get started and stay on track.

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