Writing For Fun
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Writing For Fun by Amelie Rose
Record your thoughts and dreams and turn a beginner’s writing project into a lifetime’s satisfying hobby.
Okay, so you’re not planning on penning a world-rocking blockbuster of a novel, or fancy memoir – you just want to write down your thoughts and record events and incidents for your own pleasure and so they don’t get forgotten.
The problem is, you say, you don’t know where to begin.
Well, let me assure you, it does not need to be a problem, nor difficult or time-consuming, or even mind-testing in any way. However, it can become addictive. So if you are thinking of a one-time experience, you may be in for a surprise. Once you start you may find your mind opened to so many more thoughts, things, and events desperate to get onto the page that you could end up constantly looking for time to sit alone and write.
So, if you still want to try your hand at writing, let’s get started:
First of all go out and buy yourself a small notebook and a larger journal, diary, exercise book or whatever suits you best for your actual writing.
The notebook should be small enough to always carry with you. You will need it for note-taking, ideas and jotting down things of interest that you see and hear that can be expanded upon later. The larger one can be labelled for the sole purpose of your personal scribbling. Or perhaps you might prefer to use a laptop or PC. Use whatever best suits your personal preference and convenience. But don’t underestimate the humble notebook.
1) Set yourself a time of day that you are able to call your own. Make this your `writing time.’ Every writer needs space and quiet to concentrate.
2) Before you start each session, spend a few minutes in contemplation or perhaps looking through some notes you may have made on scraps of paper or the small notebook you keep with you at all times so you don’t forget the ideas and thoughts that pop into your head, the things you see and the actions and events you witness.
3) Now you are ready to take your pen or keyboard and begin. A good way to start if you don’t have anything particular to say, or any notes to refer to yet, is to sit down, take several deep breaths, close your eyes and relax for a few minutes then, when you are ready, start writing whatever comes into your head. It doesn’t matter what it is, just write. It might be a favorite recipe or something you did that day. In fact, l your day is an excellent way to begin. Once you start you will probably find things popping into your mind that may have no relevance to what you have already written, but write them down anyway – you never know when each little phrase, description, note or recording, will come in useful. When you start to write regularly, your notebooks and diaries will prove a never-ending source of material so be sure to look after them and keep them together. A shoe box can be a useful place to keep your notebooks and other things like newspaper cuttings.
4) After you have been l or scribbling for a while – days, weeks, months – when you go back and read through your notes you may find yourself remembering all sorts of things you had previously forgotten, which is a huge lesson in the importance of writing things down as you see, hear, or think of them. Recording stimulates the brain and the more you do it the more flexible your mind becomes. The brain is a muscle and, just like other parts of your body, likes to be exercised regularly. Gradually, translating your notes and ideas into something longer and more intricate will become second nature – your copy will be more fluid and readable and, before you know it, you may even have the bones of a short story, an article, or even a book.
At the beginning, the main thing to remember is that you want this to be an enjoyable experience with no pressure, no deadlines and no one to judge what you write. This is your personal and private project (unless you want to show it around), which may eventually become your hobby – and who knows, even more.
Most of all, it’s going to be fun. You are not going to become overly serious (at least not yet) – this is your adventure and you are going to enjoy it.
Reading is important too…
Increasing your reading is an excellent way of giving your writing an improvement boost. It doesn’t matter what you read but, by its very nature, reading will encourage because it is a natural teacher. For instance, if grammar is a problem, reading what other people have written can help and there are many reference books available on the subject. One of my favorites , `Woe is I, The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English,’ by Patricia T. O’Conner. She takes the serious subject of grammar and pumps humour and irreverence into it. It’s an entertaining as well as informative read – I can almost guarantee you will gain from it.
So now you are ready.
You have decided on your space (bedroom, dining room, old tool shed, gazebo, local cafe – one, two, or all of the above). You have your writing books and tools and you are ready to start taking notes on anything and everything.
Before you know it your note-taking will take on a life of its own, providing you with an abundance of potential writing material.
When you are a writer, each day is one of new discoveries.
So don’t waste another minute. Good luck, it’s time to get started.
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