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One key to writing is having something worthwhile to say. If you believe your ideas are important, you’ll be more motivated to share them. And in sharing them, you’ll be more willing to work to say them in the best way possible. Granted, sometimes we are asked to write about topics that don’t capture or thrill us. Simply pretend you are interested in the topic, and you’ll do fine!
If you have any idea of what you’re going to write prior to actually writing or typing, write it down! Whether quickly jotted notes, an organized outline, or a freewrite to help clear your head, any ideas you’ve written down can be referred back to during a writing block for inspiration.
Prewriting, in any form, is a great way of organizing your thoughts and ideas. It can help you produce direction in your writing and keep your writing organized and focused. And if your computer crashes, as least you’ll still have your ideas written down!
Don’t hold back. Say what you mean to say clearly and immediately. You can explain it later in your paper. Good writing isn’t cryptic, pompous, or inflated. It’s clear, honest and genuine.
Also, revise it until you’ve cut it down to its necessary elements. Re-read and revise as many times as it takes. No writing is finished until its author is dead, so don’t be afraid to tear your own work apart.
Finally, don’t stagnate in fear. All writers, from Composition students to Pulitzer Prize winners, are afraid that their writing will be crap. But when you sit down to write, do so. Don’t let fear prevent you from writing the fullest, most honest work you’re capable of.
“I was the only one that was allowed to write on my paper. This was actually pretty cool … I thought this was going to be a place where they just give you all the answers.”
- Hillary Piper
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
- Jack London