Can you become a writer even if you hate writing? Of course you can. Chances are that you dislike writing because you’re nervous. Staring at a blank computer screen is intimidating.
“Creative anxiety” is real. Entire books are written about it. I suffered from it for years. Many writers do. In my first few years as a romance novelist I went through agonies every day. My hands shook so much that I had trouble rolling paper into my typewriter.
Of course, that wasn’t the worst of it. I avoided writing when I could. I procrastinated: weeks went by when I convinced myself that I had “writer’s block.”
It took me years to realize that it’s OK to feel nervous. And that I could write anyway, even if I hated it. If you refuse to bolt, and commit to sitting at your computer, you’ll be surprised that within ten minutes you’ll become engrossed with what you’re writing. Your nerves have faded.
Yes — if you can force yourself to sit and write, your nervousness will fade.
Let’s look at some simple tips which will help you if you hate writing. These tips will help you to create your own writing process. You can use these tips to write anything from an novel to a small advertisement.
1. Get a Model for the Kind of Writing You’re Doing (It’s a Map)
Don’t know how to write a white paper? Or a business plan? Find one or two to use as a model. You’re not copying anything, other than the structure.
Count words. When I started writing romance novels, I outlined several. I counted the number of chapters, the number of words, and the number of characters and scenes.
2. Warm up: You Know More Than You Think You Do
Before you start writing, pre-write. Get a timer, and free write on your topic for five minutes. This warms you up. Every performer warms up, and you’re a performer, much like an athlete, or an entertainer.
Your warmups give you confidence, and you’ll discover that you know much more than you think you do.
3. Stick to the Point: Create an Outline
Yes. An outline. Not the style of outline you learned in school — a simple list will do.
4. Write More Than You Need: then Decide What You Want to Say
It’s been said many times that writing is a process of discovery. It is. You’ll know what you think about something when you write it. Think on the computer screen.
5. Read Aloud: It’s a Feedback Loop
If there’s a process which helps writing that few writers use, it’s simply reading aloud. (You can whisper, if you like.)
Reading aloud creates a feedback loop. Not only does it make you more confident, it makes you more creative.
6. Remember “Fifty Shades?” Get Readers
Everyone knows about the multi-million dollar success of Fifty Shades of Grey. That series of books started out as fan fiction. EL James had READERS who shaped her books. She saw what made readers respond.
Please take these tips to heart. I wish someone had shared them with me in the late 1970s, when I started writing for money. They would have save me years of agony and frustration.
Write Whenever You Want, And Whatever You Want
My Easy-Write “cure” for writing stress and trauma crept up on me.
One day I wondered where the fear had gone… I was amazed. It was GONE; not a trace remained.
I could see how my life had changed as I worked with the Easy-Write process…
Writing had turned into a daily joy. Instead of cowering in bed when I awoke, I leaped out of bed, eager to get to the keyboard. I was happier in everything I did, and everyone around me was happier too.
Along with the joy, came the money. I had to turn clients away. Editors rang me to discuss new projects. Clients put me on retainer.
When I taught the Easy-Write process to my writing students, they achieved great results too — become a confident writer with the Easy Write Process.