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Sometimes it’s hard to turn an idea into an actual writing. Whether it’s a song, poem, short story or book, putting all your brainstorming together is a difficult task. In today’s article, I will list some tips and tricks that worked for me and are hopefully helpful for you too. People often tend to forget that writing is an enrichment for the soul. Yes, it’s a lot of work. No, it’s not a burden at all.

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Writing, no matter what it is, is an extremely uplifting hobby. In my opinion, writing is a way to express myself, my thoughts and feelings, my beliefs and dreams. It’s calming to just be able to write freely. If someone reads it, perfect. If not, then it’s a present to myself.

But in all honesty, the coolest thing about writing or creating a new story is being able to inspire people, and that’s the kind of task that isn’t easily succeeded. I hope the following steps will make turning an idea into something as real as a story, a little bit easier for you.

Now, let’s get started.

1 | inspiration

Most of the times, inspiration comes out of nothing. Or at least, that’s what we think. Inspiration is a special creature that’s made out of creativity and imagination.

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Creativity is a trait you own, but nevertheless can be stimulated. For example, if you know your ideas usually come out of being at rest and listening to music, you can use that next time you have a writer's block or you can do the complete opposite and go find your inspiration in chaos. If you know yourself, you know your sources of creativity.

The second important part of inspiration is imagination. It’s an essential part if you want to create something different and original. You can think whatever you want, so use that ability to grow. There’s no end to imagination and that’s the power of it, or better said your power. Let your mind explore and use your heart and soul to finish it off.

2 | list of ideas

Usually, your inspiration or/and brainstorm looks kind of messy. The best thing you can do is make a list out of all your ideas. In that way, you have a structured overview of what’s in your head, and you can start combining certain ideas with each other.

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If you want, you can even use color codes or mind-maps for smaller subjects. For example, if your inspiration consists of a certain place you want your story to take place in, wouldn’t it be easy if you had a structure that included what the place looks like, who goes there, where it’s placed in the bigger picture, what’s the importance of it in your story and so on.

3 | main idea

Before you actually start the writing process, it’s important that the main idea is settled for your story. What’s the message behind your song? What do you want people to feel when they read your poem? What’s the clue of your book?

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If your writing process is meant to be a book, then I suggest you pay a lot of attention to the characters as well. This part isn’t as important for a short story, but for a long story, it’s (almost) essential. Your characters are part of the main idea, so you need to picture them in it.

What’s their role? Do they take part in the clue of your book? What do they look like? What are their main characteristics? What do they like and don’t like? You can go as deep as you want with this because people honestly love knowing these things.

4 | the beginning and the end

This is yet again an essential part when you’re writing a book. You need to know what your beginning and ending are at the start of your writing process because you need to know what you’re working towards. Writing chapters is one thing, having an amazing plot or clue at the end is the real difficulty.

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Plus, this part can actually help you to avoid a writer’s block. As you know what the final is, you can find inspiration in that. Writing consists of putting clues in your story, of growing with your characters and environment, and of knowing what will happen eventually.

5 | the first step to actual writing

After completing the parts above, you can finally start the actual writing of your story. Most of the times, your list of ideas includes this step already. If it doesn’t, it’s only a matter of combining some ideas to write your first sentences down. Don’t stress too much about this step, because after the previous ones, this one will come easy.

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If you’re stuck on this step anyway, visualizing your ideas might be helpful for you. Scrambling your ideas down is one thing, but actually having a good view on them is much harder. Something you can do is make a collection on We Heart It that fit your ideas and story. In that way, your overview is always at hand.

6 | practice makes perfect

Your first writing will probably not be the best, don’t worry about that and just keep going. The art of writing and creating is a practice. The more you try, the more you learn. The best advice I can give you is to not always focus on one story of yours. Like I mentioned before, inspiration is a strange creature, just as creativity and imagination, so don’t push yourself to ignore it.

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If you really want to practice your writing, you need to challenge yourself in trying to write other stuff. For example, say you’re used to writing poems, wouldn’t it be cool if you tried writing a short story once? Who knows, maybe one of your poems has the first idea to your story already?

7 | don’t stop and overread

In all honesty, writing is tiring. It isn’t always going to come easy, but that doesn’t mean giving up should be an option. Having a writer’s block is annoying, but it’s also something all of us writers have been through. Inspiration asks energy, which means giving yourself time and space is strongly needed.

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If the tips I mentioned in step one don’t work out for your writer’s block, overreading is the best thing you can do. It won’t only help you to correct your grammar mistakes, it’ll help you be a part of your own story. The more you overread, the more you get to know your characters, your setting, your ideas and of course your complete story.

8 | details and extra’s

Ever wondered what makes a story so captivating? Apart definitely lies with the details and extra’s of a story. I’ll give you some examples to explain it better.

When your story is meant for a song, the background music is essential to set the perfect feeling.

When your story is meant to become a long book, descriptions of places, characters, moments and feelings can make it so much deeper and honest.

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Not to forget that this is the step where you can be as original as you want. Combining arts is an art on itself. For example, say you’re writing a book in which the main characters both love listening to music. Wouldn’t it be nice if every time they are having a conversation about music in your book, you would give your readers the actual playlist of your characters? It’s an obvious extra that people adore getting.

9 | expand your vocabulary

If you want to better your own writing style, you need to expand your vocabulary. You can do this by reading a lot of books, the newspaper, blog posts on the internet, in magazines and so on. The more knowledge you own, the more ideas and words you can use in your writing.

If you want to include a certain something in your story that you know nothing about, don’t just start writing. Go on a search for information, go expand your knowledge, and then start writing. For example, your main male character plays soccer but you know only the essential stuff about it, wouldn’t it be nice to google a bit and then write a well-written part about it?

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If you feel like you’ve been using the same words in your story way too much, there’s this easy solution called synonyms. It’s interesting to experiment with them, so don’t be afraid to try them out. There are a lot of sites plus google that you can use for finding them.

10 | be nice to yourself

I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again, writing is tiring. Don’t push yourself to the limit. Don’t make yourself feel stressed out. Don’t be mad at yourself when you can’t seem to find any inspiration. Because it’s okay.

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The only tip I can give you for writing in a constant manner is to plan your writing time! Choose a day, a certain moment that fits you and let your inspiration float. Writing should always be something fun, so keep it that way!

♥ | the end

This was it for my second article as a member of the We Heart It Writer’s Team. I hope you enjoyed reading! If you’re interested in reading more of my articles, here are some of my previous writings. Feel free to check them out.

I also want to thank everyone who took the time to read and heart my first writing as a member of the We Heart Writer’s Team. I appreciate the support and love a lot! If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.

Thank you so much for reading till the end! Love, Paulien.


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This article was written by @paulien_99 on the We Heart It Writers Team.