Wednesday, August 1, 2018

5 Questions to Get You Started on Your Writing Path

I've worked with a lot of writers, both as an editor and as a teacher. One of the biggest issues I see is the feeling of overwhelm a writer feels when looking at a new project.

Regardless of the type of writing: fiction, nonfiction, a business report, school assignment, or anything else, it's easy to get lost, end up with a muddled mess, and feel frustrated.

Fortunately, with a little pre-planning, you can focus your topic, making the writing process much less intimidating. Before you get started on your next piece of writing, consider the following:


  1. What: What are you writing? What do you want your reader to think about?
  2.  Who: Who is your audience?
  3. Why: Why are you writing this? Why would someone want to read this?
  4. Where: Where am I submitting/publishing this?
  5. How: How am I making time to write this?

Of course, there are other questions you can consider, and not every one will apply to every project, but it's a good place to start.

I've developed a worksheet on 5 Questions to Get you Started on Your Writing Path. It's available free when you sign up for my mailing list.

Do you have other questions that you use to get writing? Share them in the comments.


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