Create the conditions to write
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Having an accountability partner can be helpful to provide a different perspective and tell you when you've gotten something wrong.
Maybe your prose is clunky, or perhaps your characters are stereotypical. If you're writing outside of your experience, you should know why you're doing it. Even if you do the research, discussion, bringing other people into your work, you might still get something wrong.
When you feel a bit stuck, and walking the dog or organizing the closet doesn't help, speak to a friend with a different way of thinking. Or talk to a friend who's writing a book.aaa
You don't just have to stick to friends. Reach out to other writers who can talk through any issue you're having with your book.
If you write, you're a real writer. Whether you write poetry, fanfiction, letters to yourself, a description of experience - if you tell a story, you are the real deal.
Just write, and you'll find yourself writing a book.
Reading helps you find out what you like and enables you to refine your own voice.
Reading will influence you, but your voice will always be your own.
Some people plan ahead their and outline their novels, others just jump in a wing it.Experiment, start with something and see what works for you.
Try to show up for your characters. It's not important how you do it, as long as you do it.
You have to create the conditions to write. Carve out some time to write, then start writing. Use the little moments in your day when you're not doing anything.
Or, sit at your computer, and write for one hour, take a break, then write again for another half hour or so. It doesn't matter if it is good or not. Just plough ahead.
Good personal writing can encourage a real connection and brighten someone's day, be it a birthday day card, snail mail, a text message or a work email.
When done right, it feels like someone is really noticing you.
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