Tips on how to get started writing

7:49 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- May is both Be Caught Reading Month AND Creative Beginnings Month.

And did you know that 80 percent of people say they want to write a book yet only one percent actually do? I have five quick tips to help people get started if they are one of the 80 percent who want to write a book.

Bestselling author Kristen Brown and marketing coach and writer Joanne Funch joined us today on KARE News@4 to share some tips to get started.

  • Start a journal. Even one sentence a day can inspire you to keep writing and help you figure out what you like to write about.
  • Start a written or video blog. Building an audience of readers who look forward to reading your work can inspire you to keep writing. If you don't have time to write, do quick and short 2-3 minute video blogs to share your thoughts and expertise. It shows your thought leadership and personality.
  • Join a writing group. When others are pushing you, you are more likely to write. Accountability is powerful.
  • Take a writing class or hire a coach. If you're unsure of how or what to write about, a class or writing coach can kick you in gear and help you figure out where your passions lie, how to write effectively and how to pull your ideas together into something meaningful.
  • Try a writing contest or framework to keep you on track. Morning pages, NANOWRIMO (national write a novel in a month), timed writing, etc.

These are powerful tips to help writers create a habit of writing so they stick to it and get closer to writing that book they've dreamt of writing. 

Beyond the Book Workshop
June 22, 2013 Rasmussen College

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