Pick up your pen and put it to paper. Form letters into words. String words into sentences. Turn sentences into paragraphs.
Don’t stop. Keep going.
First drafts aren’t perfect. They never will be. Stop trying to make them perfect. Focus on getting your idea(s) down somewhere. Write first, edit later.
Try to separate writing from editing. They’re two different processes.
Learn how to silence your inner critic. Listen when necessary.
Be present. Take life one word at a time, one day at a time.
Break big projects into smaller tasks. Make deadlines. Meet them.
Focus on the process of creating. Have fun and enjoy yourself.
Find your inner voice. Nurture it.
Give yourself enough time to write as much as you can, whenever you can.
Remember you’re closer to your goals than you know. Don’t give up now or ever.
When you want to stop, push yourself to write a little more. Make this a habit. Challenge what you know you can do to see what you’re really capable of.
Balance writing with everything as best as you can. Take small and big breaks.
Write for yourself and no one else.
Put some space between writing the first draft and editing it. Give yourself time to edit.
Change the font or colour of the text.
Print out your work when possible. Then read your writing aloud.
Be honest with yourself. Learn what you’re good at. Learn what you aren’t so good at. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Play up the former; play down the latter.
Critique your own writing as a reader would.
Make many revisions. Make even more.
Even if you love a certain phrase or scene, don’t forget to delete what you don’t need. Your story is better off without redundancies.
Edit slowly. Go at your own pace. Apply corrections. Learn from them. Attempt not to make the same mistakes again. Focus on a different aspect of writing with each round of editing.
Fact check. Double check. Make sure you’re correct.
Be better than your excuses. It’s better to edit too much than not edit at all.
A first draft shouldn’t be your final one.