30 Ways To Love Writing

As the title suggests, let us explore 100 ways to fall in love with writing. Some of these might not even make sense but who cares? Might as well give it a try.

I work so hard to put this together. However, I do not guarantee that you will 100% fall in love with writing by trying any one of these recommendations.

Read at your own discretion.

  1. Write a sentence a day about yourself.
  2. Learn a new word and make a sentence out of the word every day.
  3. Write a journal of your life – diary (online diary or a book diary).
  4. Write a short story from your imagination.
  5. Read something fiction and write a fan-fiction about it.
  6. Write your own autobiography.
  7. Write about someone you love (family, friends, boyfriend, girlfriend)
  8. Write about your pet (cat, dog, anything else related)
  9. Read about authors.
  10. Visit bookshops and get something that you like.
  11. Get a book about writing your own novel.
  12. Get a magazine to inspire you to write for that magazine.
  13. Knowing the fact that you can earn money through writing.
  14. Join Triond.
  15. Join Bukisa.
  16. Join Squidoo.
  17. Join Hubpages.
  18. Explore Writing.com if you are interested in fiction.
  19. Learn about style guide.
  20. Listen to a podcast on writing – Grammar Girl.
  21. Listen to an audio book that you like.
  22. Get a writing prompt.
  23. Get a notebook and a reliable pen.
  24. Bring your notebook and pen everywhere.
  25. Be sure to write new ideas when they pop in your head.
  26. Search for [ “writing” “tips” ] on Google for more ideas.
  27. Start a blog and blog about your interests.
  28. Submit a guest blog post to any blogs that accept guest blogging.
  29. Join NaNoWriMo if you want to write a novel.
  30. Read Writing Consultation – this blog!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

NaNoWriMo Tips

Writing for NaNoWriMo is not as easy as you ‘think’. You need a lot of ideas and energy to keep on writing. Determination is also very important as you will need to keep on writing for 30 days to complete 50k words (for your novel).

There are a few tips to follow if you are participating NaNoWriMo. Whether this is your first time or second time (or maybe many times), you can still make use of these tips:

  1. 50,000 divide by 30 days and you get 1666.67, which means you have to write about 1700 words every day in order to achieve the target of 50k words in 30 days. So make sure you set your target to write 1700 words in a day for 30 days.
  2. Be sure to have a main idea in your mind when you write. You can expand your main idea but it is better to stick to your main idea as you need to get your first draft completed in 30 days. You can start to enhance your imagination weeks before the start of NaNoWriMo so that by the time November is approaching, you know what you can write about.
  3. Don’t get stressed when you are writing. There is no need to rush although it would be best to focus on writing if you are determined to reach the target.
  4. If you can’t write everyday, you can always catch up on weekends. However, since you need to write about 1700 words every day, be sure to calculate how many words you need to catch up with, when you have the time to write [i.e. 1700 x (number of days you have missed writing) = total words to write / catch up with].
  5. Sometimes, you won’t be able to get the sentences in the correct flow. When this happens, you can always write a few words in random and then coin them together whichever way you can.
  6. Keep on writing and never edit your work even though you know you have made mistakes such as error in spellings and grammar. Your goal is to complete 50k words in 30 days, not to write a perfect copy of novel for publishing immediately.
  7. This tip might sounds like a cheat but actually it is not: always spell out numbers or character’s name in full characters. For example: 22 = twenty two, Mr. Y.L. Wong = Mr. Wong Lai Yong, and so on.
  8. Commitment is very important. Without commitment you won’t be able to complete the whole journey at all.
  9. Always be conscious of the number of words you need to write (do this every day before you begin your writing ritual).
  10. If you need more resources, check out NaNoFiMo resources page.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Writing as a Hobby

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Finally you have managed to score a few clients. The best part, you get long term clients too. What next? Of course, you will be writing for your clients. After all you are getting the money from them.

However, do you want to spend all your time writing for your clients?

What about your passion? Your hobby?

I am sure the reason you become a writer is because you love to write but would it be the best if you write for clients and not yourself?

I have started to write since 2000. I was 13 years old. I loved to write during weekends when I was not in school. I wrote poems, short stories and even attempted to write a novel but somehow I lost part of my work because of PC problem.

Now that I am 22 years old, I have my own writing business and I am also married to the man I love. However, the one thing that I seem to have forgotten is my passion in writing. I have forgotten how I used to write as a hobby.

Why it is important to keep writing as a hobby?

It is to make sure that you do not forget the main reason you join the writing industry. While writing for money is the main objective in this business, but writing as a hobby is important as it keeps you in tune with your passion.

Where to find the time to write for yourself?

The best time is when you are not working of course. Set a fixed working hours – for example, you might be working six to eight hours a day. Then, figure out the ‘me’ time so that you can do whatever you want. Alternatively, stop working during weekends and spend some time with your creative side.

What you can write about?

  • poetry
  • short stories
  • novel – work on it one part at a time
  • diary
  • anything that interests you

What I did in the past few days?

I had a look at some of my work when I was a teenager. I had an account at Writing.com and I featured some of my work there. You can have a look at Writing.Com/authors/whitechocolate. This is an account created some time in 2005.

Perhaps it is time to balance writing for money and writing for yourself, as a hobby.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Self Learning as a Writer

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  ~Clay P. Bedford

I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.  ~Eartha Kitt

When the student is ready, the master appears.  ~Buddhist Proverb

[via Quote Garden]

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You don’t need to have degree in order to become a writer, that’s for sure. However, the most important thing you need to have is self learning. Self learning never takes a holiday. So, it means you should be learning something every day, even if it is just a new word, or a fact about something that interest you.

Learning is define as acquiring new knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, preferences or understanding, and may involve synthesizing different types of information.

The internet is a place suitable for self learning.

With so many sites available to discover new stuff, you can learn a lot of things from the internet alone.

As a writer, self learning is important because the world is changing and no matter what you are writing, you will need to keep updated with the latest trend – to make sure you survive in this industry.

I would suggest you to use StumbleUpon toolbar to discover new sites and interesting stuff every day.

Apart from that, here is a list of the resources you can explore in order to learn more about anything at anytime convenient to you.

Learning Communities

Learn Hub

Wikiversity

Gather

Free Books

Gutenberg

Read Print

Bartleby

DailyLit

Online Books Page

Scribd

Google Books

Audio Books

Librivox

Reference sites

Dictionary

Wikipedia

University Open Course

Yale

UC Berkeley

Online courses

Free Course Directory

Distance Learning

Search Engines

Google

Windows Live Search

Yahoo

Scour

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

How To Write 10 Articles A Day

How do you write 10 articles? Without feeling tired? Without feeling exhausted? Without having writer’s block?

Easy.

Just follow these steps and you should be well on your way to write 300 articles a month.

1. Discipline

Set in you mind that you are going to write 10 articles today, and you will not quit writing until you have 10 articles ready. Discipline is very important. Discipline is what drives us to finish our work. If you have a full time job, you should know this very well.

2. Get started

Once you have set your mind to write 10 articles today, it is time to get started on writing, of course. Once you have get started, make sure that you are writing and not just let your mind wander through the empty space.

3. Do 50%, take a break, do the other 50%

This is a step to make sure that you are not exhausted in writing. The rule is to write 5 articles, before you take a break in between. Once you have a break, it is time to work on the other 5 articles, before you call it a day.

So, in case if you have problems researching for the information you need, try these:

a. Google in different countries (.com.my, .co.uk, .com.au and so on)

b. MSN Bing

c. Scour.com – allows you to search for materials from all 3 main search engines.

d. Ask.com

e. Wikipedia

You might get different ideas and tips for your topics. Good luck!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂