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7 Techniques to Get You Writing

Glenna Mageau, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

There are many ways to get started with writing, I’ve combined several of them into 7 techniques to help you get started with writing. It’s too easy to get caught up in; I don’t know how to start, or where do I to start or I don’t know how to keep writing… to struggle with getting the ideas from your thoughts to down on paper. Many people find themselves lost in this place is really not aren’t sure where to go with it or what to do with it. This is very common and I think all writers go through this at different stages of their writing. So if you feel this way about writing, you’re in good company.

So the key thing with writing is to get ideas flowing and get that information from your head to paper. Until you have something on paper you’ve only got a thought, one that can vanish.

7 techniques to get you writing:

1. Information Download

2. Talk It Out

3. Cues

4. What if…

5. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

6. Write, Where you’re At

7. Outline

These 7 techniques will help you to get your ideas down on paper so then you have something to play with. Each of these can be used to get started, to build your story and/or to help you with where to go with your story.

1. Information Download

Get the information down on paper, no format, no form, let it be messy. Just write, all of it can be organized, arranged, figured out what you want to do with it, later.

2.  Talk it out

Using this technique is a great way to flesh out your idea and really figure out what it is and where you want to go with it. You’ll discover you know a whole lot more than you think about your topic.

– Talk to someone about your story, your idea
– Have someone interview you
– Talk about your story out loud
– Talk to your story, your characters, your people

It may seem reluctant or find it kind of funny to talk about your story or to your story but believe me this is one of the best ways to get clear on it and to get the ideas flowing.

3.  Cues

– Start with a sentence

– Use pictures

This technique is where you use a prompt, something to get you started writing. It is really just about doing the writing, not spending time on thinking about writing. This can be great to break writer’s block.

4. What if…

Is the best writing game, simply ask the question, what if… what if this happened in this location, to this person, in this period of time…

This is a great technique to grow your idea but also can get you writing. It really is a good technique to see if your idea is a good one for you and one that you really do want to grow into a story or book.

5. Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

Great questions to ask your idea, your story

This technique is a great way to really get acquainted with your story. These questions can be used to flesh out your idea, to figure out where to go with a part of your story, as well as who this story is for and what you want them to get out of it. This is a good one to use to add depth and clarity to your story.

6. Write Where You’re At

Simply sit down and write, don’t think about doing it, do it.

This sounds simple but sadly can be very difficult to do, which is why I have given several other ways to get started with writing. Having said that, this is one of my favorite techniques. Often I’ll get an idea, play with it and then just start writing. This is where you stop thinking about writing and just write. Let go of the expectations of the outcome. Let the story take you where it will. This is also known as being a panster – you write from the seat of your pants with no real plan.

7. Outline

Start with outlining your story – it can be

– Brief

– Expanded

– Detailed

This is where you sit down and basically create a map of your story – it can be as brief or as detailed as you like. You can write it out, draw it out like a mind map, draw a picture of what it will look like, record it, it is whatever works best for you. This is also sometimes called a plotter.

I tend to use this technique in conjunction with Write Where You’re At. I love to be a panster – sit and write – and then be a plotterer (I don’t think this is a word but it’s fun) – write a bit of an outline. I use technique 6 and 7 a lot, intertwined. I tend to call myself a panster-plotterer. I don’t think that’s a word but it sounds cool. 

Plan for writing

Let’s get writing!

Play with these techniques and see which one works for you. You will probably find that you use each of them at different stages and in different ways for different projects.

I’d love to hear what techniques work for you?

“Getting started writing does not need to be difficult.”

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