For aspiring writers like me who are just figuring their way out in how to get started writing, here is an article that I found quite helpful — Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers
The article had the following strategies below for long-term writing:
- Keep a notebook. To R. V. Cassill, notebooks are “incubators,” a place to begin with overheard conversation, expressive phrases, images, ideas, and interpretations on the world around you.
- Write on a regular, daily basis. Sit down and compose sentences for a couple of hours every day — even if you don’t feel like it.
- Collect stories from everyone you meet. Keep the amazing, the unusual, the strange, the irrational stories you hear and use them for your own purposes. Study them for the underlying meaning and apply them to your understanding of the human condition.
In the spirit of the second bullet point, I’m inspired to start posting what I call “writing doodles,” which are just that — doodles of writing. Doodles on a piece of paper don’t necessarily make sense and don’t necessarily have context. A writing doodle is just doodling in writing form.
I’ve actually started work last night on a new short story and my first writing doodle actually made it into the draft I’m currently working on.