Writing Hack #3. Write to Yourself
Now is the time to take baby steps, and a well-known baby step in writing is journaling. And one of the fastest routes to get down the road on your journey to published author is to write to yourself.
When you are journaling, you are the intended reader. You tell yourself the easiest story to tell, which is about you, and who you are. Writing a journal is fun, easy, and gives you a way to practice your writing skills. Almost all infamous writers started their writing career with a journal.
These days a journal takes on many forms. You may purchase an actual book with paper and use that as your journal. You can even buy one that locks, which is a good idea, to protect your privacy. However, some people may prefer to write on their laptop or tablet. For me, journaling is easiest using a keyboard on a laptop. Some writers also use the recorder feature on their cell phone to “write” as later, the file can be translated into a word document.
The practice of journaling teaches how to write regularly. With a journal, it is easy to get in the habit of writing 15 minutes a day to record your day. Writing to yourself is an easy way to get the words flowing without feeling insecure or embarrassed wondering who is reading it. As you gain more confidence you will write with the intention that others will read your work.
Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!
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