41 ways to write better

1. We should write because it is human nature to write.

2. Begin writing. Begin where you are-physically, emotionally and psychologically. Write about anything and everything that crosses your mind.

3. Eliminate the word “writer”. If we just go back to writing as an act of listening and naming what we hear, rules disappear. It becomes easy to write.

4. Think of writing as listening, not speaking. Listen to life as you see it: people, things, literature, music- the world is throbbing with richness. Forget yourself. Allow writing to write through you.

5. Don’t say you don’t have the time. We do have the time to write- a little. The busiest and most important person in the world will take the time to love someone, if he loves her. Love writing. You will find the time, even if it be a little in the midst of your busy life.

6. Don’t worry about style. Lay the track first. Allow writing to happen as you feel it, like wandering in a countryside. If something seems interesting, explore it. Later on you can polish things.

7. Don’t worry about bad writing. Don’t try to be perfect. It is alright to contradict yourself. Let yourself flow.

8. Have this perspective- writing is how I do it. Writing is how I do everything. It is how I metabolize life. It is food for thought and it is food itself.

9. We often make the mistake of thinking that we have to be in the “right” mood to write. Any mood can be used for writing. Any mood is a good writing mood. the trick is to simply enter whatever mood like a room and write from there.

10. Refuse to engage in any drama. Have a psychological door against the intrusion of others and their agenda.

11. Acknowledge your injuries. Write about them and see how they don’t really matter.

12. Know what experiences have been important to you and reflect on the values you think are important. Write about them.

13. Be specific in your writing. Consciously and concretely connect to your immediate environment.

14. Choose a specific question, query or topic. Then a long walk. Notice what talks back to you. Then write.

15. Go on an artist date once weekly to something festive that interests us. Do it alone. Aim for a sensory experience. Allow yourself to soak up with images and impressions. No need to write about them. Fill the well of your mind. Don’t fish from it.

16. Do sketch writing, in the loosest, roughest terms about what surrounds you and what interests you.

17. Allow your older self to write to you a letter about your life. You will not feel lonely anymore.

18. Do morning pages. Three pages of daily longhand writing, strictly stream of consciousness. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind. They may be petty, whining, boring, angry, cheerful, illuminating or introspective. There is no wrong way to do them. You simply move your hand across the page while writing down what comes to your mind. It is spiritual.

19. Select a place where you can see life in action. Take a note pad. Describe what you see and what you feel about what you see. Write rapidly and accurately.

20. Connect with your younger self- its thoughts and wishes. Write as if your younger self is talking to you.

21. Be an open channel. Ask the higher forces to write through you.

22. Make a wish list.

23. Write hundred things that you are proud of, not you should be proud of, or what others say you should be proud of.

24. List all the places you have lived. Write about those that bring you vivid memories.

25. List 50 things that make you happy.

26. Write two letters. One from your inner writer to you. One from yourself to your inner writer.

27. Write honestly.

28. Do evening notes. Review your day in a few simple sentences.

29. Time travel back along your own life. Stop at some emotionally charged event. Write about it. Then release it.

30. Don’t try to write perfectly. Don’t worry about rough drafts. View writing as a process that helps you to process.

31. Go to a sacred place. Ask for inspiration from God. Write what would support your writing life and what will make you feel better about your writing life.

32. Observe how you spend your life.

33. List people who are friendly to you and your writing and those who are unfriendly and dangerous to your writing.

34. List the sounds you hear. Hear music that inspires you and write about the ideal life you want.

35. Write about trite, cliched and heartwarming topics that are very human.

36. Drive. Allow the images to show you the dailiness and variety of human experience. Be like a beaker that fills with rain drops.

37. Write about when you exercised your freedom for a positive outcome.

38. Allow God to write through you.

39. Create a writing altar.

40. Write about your own character.

41. Start writing now.

notes from ” The Right to Write”

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