Writing Tip #1: START Writing!
Ever since I started focusing on my Instagram, I have been receiving at least one direct message to help people write. I am happy, excited and over-enthusiastic. I like to teach, and this is an understatement of the year. You should ask my friends. I prod them, poke them and tell them to do what they are good at. I am a great advisor, and when I am in my creative mode, no one can stop me.
Naturally, I went into that zone and started thinking of ways to help not just this person but others as well. There were two options I could think of and I set to work. But, my best friend Jelam nailed some sense into me. In her own words, “Dude, don’t you think you have too much on your plate already?”
I was a bit upset but she was right. I can’t be doing one-on-one coaching right now, plus I still think there are people more knowledgeable than me out there. So, I decided to use my Monday blog posts for the benefit of all! Today marks the day one of my “Write with Amrita” programme (that’s what I call it in my mind).
You have probably heard this, but I am going to repeat it nevertheless. START creating. Unless and until you begin doing something, you won't know if it will work. The first time is always going to be bad.
To write something great, write something terrible. As with everything, the first step is to do it. Start writing. It doesn't matter how good or bad you are at it. Don't worry about people. Not everybody has the courage to start.
It's all about trying. Give it a shot. It might be a terrible idea but at least it is an idea. The best thing you can do for yourself is to not regret. I left my job in July to start my own thing. I realised if I didn't begin now, I will forever be stuck in the loop of not doing what is necessary for my own good.
Racquel Henry once said,
Afraid to write? Do it anyway.
If you are serious about taking up writing or anything for that matter, the first step is to start doing it. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time as there is no such thing. Believe in yourself. Resources may be limited but at least you have something to start from. There was a time when people didn't have cell phones and today, we have smartwatches that outperform our smartphones.
I have a task for you. I want you to take out 15 minutes of your time each day till the next Monday and write. Let your thoughts wander. Write about what you see, what you hear, what you dreamt of or what you dream to be.
There are no rules, no limitations to your imaginations or the number of words. Just write for those 15 minutes. Don’t think about the mistakes, the grammatical errors, the context, or the flow. And once you are done, keep it away. Close the book, shut your laptop or phone and go back to your routine. I suggest you do this exercise after waking up or before sleeping.
Next week, I will tell you what to do with these free writings. So, make sure to subscribe to my blog for updates! Keep creating, keep writing!