Writing and Blogging
“I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on until I am.”
- Jane Austen
Writing is one of the most important and accessible means of communication. There is no easier way to get your ideas across than to write them down for others to read. The writing process is different for everyone and largely depends on the style of writing you're doing. When you break it down, writing is about putting your story or ideas down on paper (or digitally). That's it. It can be easier said than done, however.
Writing is one of the most cost-efficient forms of creative practice. You can write virtually for free as long as you have a writing utensil and a platform to put down your words. There is a large degree of control as only what you write or type is put down. If you have access to a computer, there are free software programs available for you to put down your thoughts, ideas, and stories, in a space that will save your work.
Like any create practice, there are different writing styles, techniques, conventions, and considerations. Creative writing explores our imaginative stories and world-building, whereas non-fiction writing involves capturing the world around us as it is. Blogging has become a form of writing with lasting power - it typically involves documenting experiences in bite-sized chunks for readers interested in a particular content area (e.g. travel, food, books).
(Mostly) gone are the days of writers spending countless hours clicking and clacking on their typewriters. Most contemporary writing practices have adopted either a digital keyboard or, for the old-fashioned, a pen and paper. You can write on virtually anything - such as a napkin with scribbled notes and late-night epiphanies. Find what works for you. Many writers enjoy the feel of a tangible material such as pencil in a note pad. Others enjoy the instantly editable computer keyboard.
Tips, Tricks, & Resources
If you're unsure of where to start, just start rambling - anything that comes to mind, put it down.
Write now, edit later.
Find a space that is conducive to writing. That could be an office, coffee shop, a park, or in bed.
If you're serious about writing, you should also read. A lot. Read to absorb ideas and get inspiration.