By Anna Roberts
Hey everyone! So today I’m going to talk to you about something that many writers, myself included, always have trouble with. Just writing. We all know that feeling when we just can’t seem to get our ideas out on the page or nothing sounds right. Well guess what? It doesn’t have to be perfect! Sometimes I get caught up in making everything just right, like it would be in my finished novel. Using the perfect words, writing about the perfect idea, creating the perfect character, etc. But we can’t get caught up in all that. We just have to push through and keep going. So I’m going to give you a couple ideas on how to do that.
First of all, don’t get frustrated. The thing that makes writers block worse is getting angry at your writing and then stopping the process all together. If you get frustrated and can’t seem to get out your ideas, take a five minute break and then come back to your writing. If you still can’t seem to think of anything, keep writing. Anything! Open a new document and type up stupid notes. Something like this would work: “My fingers are hurting. I’m hungry. Do you want to hear something awesome I did today?” Anything works, just keep writing!
The second thing that might be helpful is don’t look back on what you wrote. Editing is entirely different from writing and there is a time and a place for it. But while you’re writing, it’s ok for things to be messy. It’s ok to use less colorful words if that’s all you can think of. The most important thing is that you’re getting your story out on paper!
I hope these two simple tips help you while you’re writing because they really helped me! Also come check out the teen writer’s conference for more tips on how to write like a pro! Happy writing!! 🙂