Writer’s 101: Getting Started

Hi Guys! It’s summer! I cannot believe how fast times gone by! Seriously, where has the year gone? I’m not complaining, I really can’t wait for some downtime, minus the fact that I’m working a good majority of the summer, but that’s another story within itself…

Anyway, let me be the first to officially say, welcome to the new STAMP Teen Council! We just got a few new members, and they’re awesome! While I’m still going to really miss some of our previous members, I can already tell we’re going to have a ton of fun! So, in honor of new beginnings, I say, why not try something new?

In honor of the greatness that is art and culture, I’ve decided that I’ll share my passion, which, if you haven’t already guessed, is writing! I get a little too carried away with it, but honestly, between English class, the occasional journaling, and these monthly blog posts, I still can’t get enough! While it’s not the most exciting thing to read about, I’m pretty sure there are a few word nerds with STAMP out there. So, without further ado, here are my personal tips whenever you decide to start writing anything from a future best-seller, to a thesis.

MUSIC = EVERYTHING! 

Even while I’m writing this right now, there’s something blaring in the background. It’s not just something to ease the silence, but sometimes, putting your music on shuffle and just letting it happen can be the biggest inspiration ever. Have trouble setting the tone toward a serious topic? Need to get in the mood to write a fun, airy scene? The internet, my friend, and all the glorious streaming sites, will become one of your biggest assets.  Even when you’re as picky as I am, and skip every song until you can’t anymore, it’s a great practice. Take a look at all the different writers there are! They had to have some kind of motivation, if the idea of finishing just wasn’t enough. So blast your music as loud as you want. You’re not being loud, you’re creating the Great American Novel.

IT’S OKAY TO GET LOST!

You know how they say getting lost in a good book can be a great escape? The same thing goes for writing, specifically when you have characters and a plot line involved. Through some trial and error, I’ve literally spent more then a few hours on weekends completely forgetting where I was, because I was so into what I’ve written. It’s probably the coolest feeling ever, considering one, you’ve written this amazing piece that you can’t take your eyes off, and two, its something that you made! Go ahead, get lost in your work! Sometimes, the greatest escape is something we make ourselves.

AGREE TO DISAGREE!

While I’m totally for being yourself, in writing, there’s no such thing as committing to one standard. Take risks! Reinvent yourself! You can become pretty much anyone you want to be as a writer, and your characters are there to fill those shoes. The biggest mistake that any writer can make is doubting themselves, because of the way society views something. Take risks! Break the rules! Go way out of your comfort zone, and create something meaningful! Don’t be afraid to express what’s on your mind! You’ll seriously be amazed by how powerful things can be on paper. Forget what anyone else says, just be you!

WRITE YOUR HEART OUT! 

Duh! How else are you supposed to get better with a stack of unfinished stories laying around? Even if its just a couple notes on a page, get moving! Ideas come and go, so catch them while you can! They may sound completely stupid at first, but with just the right edits, you have a master piece! Jot down whatever comes to mind, trust me, it’ll work out later. Most importantly, do it because it’s something you love! Even if you don’t publish to an audience of a million people, doesn’t mean its not worth anything! So keep writing, guys! Until next time!