How do you start writing about anything?

Philippines
January 16, 2011 10:13am CST
Writing has been one of my passions ever since but how does one start to write ? what does it take for a writer to have the compassion to write?Is it about personal experience,? How do they get the inspiration to write? I have been asking these questions because it has been a long time since I wrote about something seriously, her in mylot, this is just simple writing that we are doing on our daily lives, expressing our views but not necessarily a serious tasks I may say. I know that a writer needs to be inspired to write about what he wants and thats is really something else.Its so hard writing just for the sake of writing, a person may be inspired due to personal experiences or meeting certain people along the way but how do we really write? I bet that depends with the spur of the moment as every writer would say, when they think of something that they wanna write they certainly write about it impromptu.so, what it takes for you to write?
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16 responses
• India
16 Jan 11
A writer needs to get his inspiration from every single thing that he sees around. I remember writing an article on this http://www.bukisa.com/articles/332370_how-to-write-about-anything-and-everything There is a self motivating mechanism in every accomplished writer. A writer can observe what the rest of us can't. It's not that something big needs to be happened to inspire a writer. Real life can be more dramatic than drama itself. There are little things that happen in our everyday life. A writer finds pleasure in observing and analyzing such things. Then he interprets these things in a very distinct way. Humor is the main asset of a writer, which he finds in every single incident, no matter how insignificant it may appear to the rest of us. What distinguishes a writer from ordinary men? Well, mostly it's the power of interpreting things always in the right way. When a writer is habitually candid with his readers, the writing comes out quite spontaneously. Intimacy in writing is another distinguished feature of a good writer.
• Philippines
16 Jan 11
yeah, I definitely agree with you, writing is observing too,and I bet you are a good writer yourself. Experience is also the best motivation in writing as they say.
• Philippines
30 Jan 11
For me, writing starts with ideas and inspiration both for my personal writing and technical ones. It's always hard for me to write when my mind is blank or nothing exciting or interesting happens in my environment. In another angle, I can also write by demand especially when it is work or course related. I personally favor the latter kind as I have a ready objective and idea in the moment. I am the type of person who loses ideas and inspirations easily when I forgot to jot them down soon.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
i love writing too but only the journal type of writing. hehehe.. i started keeping journals more than a decade ago and i think am going to until i get old. i want my children to have it. sometimes i write for magazines but very seldom. it's so hard to start especially if you're given a topic and your interest is so out of it. it'll take a lot of time and inspiration to get it done.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
19 Jan 11
i love writing too but only the journal type of writing. hehehe.. i started keeping journals more than a decade ago and i think am going to until i get old. i want my children to have it. sometimes i write for magazines but very seldom. it's so hard to start especially if you're given a topic and your interest is so out of it. it'll take a lot of time and inspiration to get it done.
@SIMPLYD (85065)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
I get ideas of what to discuss from some discussions i responded. Not that i would start something of the same nature but of at least related. I would usually get the inspiration from my experiences in life , be it happy or sad. On those discussions , i would usually answer to those i could relate to.
• United States
17 Jan 11
I write for many different reasons. I do a blog about my journey to try to help others who are in a tough time. I write two different newsletters which address two different Christian populations, I write articles for money and I write a personal journal. I think that's it! IT all depends on the "why" for me. I can write about anything anymore!
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 11
Personal experience is always good, because it's what you know. Either a straight memoir; or a roman à clé, which is a novel based on true facts but operating as fiction: there is also the creative non-fiction genre too, which invovles autobiographical writing, creatively relayed. We are probably most inspired by what happened to us, as writing can be very cathartic and satisfying: which is why so many first time writers write directly from experience. Some writers never write anything other than from personal experience. The most important thing as I see it is to be excited about what you are writing. Good luck!
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
17 Jan 11
Me, I write for several reasons, foremost of which is to make money. LOL. Yes, I blog and I participate in forums and get paid doing so. In real life, I also write or help students with school work which involves a bit of writing and I do this for a fee. Because of this, I do not wait for inspiration to be able to put words into paper. I only need to know that I will get paid for the writing that I will be doing. That is one of the best motivations for me.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
16 Jan 11
start by just writting your ideas and thoughts down on paper, dont worry about structure or anything, just run with an idea.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
16 Jan 11
Writing is something that has always come easy for me. If i am writing out of personal experience, i just write what i feel in my heart. the words just seem to rush out faster than i can think.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
16 Jan 11
You just have to write. You do not have to write to inspire someone or to make someone feel better. There are two different types of writing, fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction seems easier because you are writing about something you know, or your experiences. Autobiographical writing is in that category as you realize that there are many who knew you fully and so you cannot write anything that would hurt them or give them a wrong impression about you. So biographies are popular because the author did not live close to or was in the same century as the person he is writing about. Perhaps you are confusing writing with social work. And you want your words to change the world. Well in order to write, all you need to do is to start writing. Do not worry about what you should write. Just put the words on paper or type them. I can give you examples. Supposing you are in a restaurant and you see two men talking together. Now they are talking about a merger, but then imagine that they are plotting to kill each other's wives. Supposing someone drops his textbook at the university and he is embarrassed because well he is on the college wrestling team and being a jock, he does not want anyone to laugh at him. Then imagine that he is in reality a spy, and is smuggling vital information to an enemy country and he does not want anyone to find out. So ;much of what is to write could be in your head.
• United States
16 Jan 11
Some of the time when im reading a magazine i will read it and write down on a piece of paper i keep handy what i would like to write about and what i would like to start a topic on mylot about. I also get ideas from just my mind of course and then start getting information i need online. Most things i write about on websites that i publish are usually local things. I pulled off some local school information this week as i need to to start writing about the schools in the area and get some views on for some more money to come my way. Its usually local things for me because i feel i get more views that way as i publish my work on my facebook page and having alot of friends helps as well as they can view my work and give me more page views. Take into consideration some local resturants and different hings like that. Have a great day and get to writing when you can.
@patgalca (14650)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Jan 11
There are several ways to find inspiration to write. As one poster mentioned you just look at things that are happening around you, eavesdrop on conversations, look at what is happening in other people's life. You can look at stories on the news (Law & Order is famous for writing "ripped from the headlines" stories). You can get a book on writing prompts... or there are actual websites that have writing prompts. www.creativewritingprompts.com is one of them. As a member of a writing group I choose from writing prompts at our bi-monthly sessions and write from them. Sometimes I keep a specific story in mind. I wrote from a whole bunch of prompts about the same story and was able to weave them together to write a novel. Most of my stories come from fantasies. I fantasized a lot as a child and continue to as an adult. I write about things I wish would happen as well as things I fear might happen. I also use my own life events to create stories. Journalling helps with this. Finally, a much suggested read for writers is "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It took me forever to get around to reading this book. My sister gave it to me for my last birthday. At first I wasn't impressed but now I am filled with ideas and am so anxious to get at it. She didn't give me actual ideas on what to write; she gave me ideas on HOW to write. She also made me realize that I am not alone in the difficulties I am encountering in the writing process. It's an easy read (short chapters) and filled with humour. I highly recommend it. Good luck.
@divalounger (2250)
• United States
16 Jan 11
I used to wait until I felt inspired to write about something. Now, I find it is better for me to just sit down and start writing. Often, once the process starts, things start to flow and ideas come. But I think people may be different in this regard. So that what works for one person may not work for another. Good luck on your journey!
• Indonesia
16 Jan 11
I think writing can be started from anything and from anywhere. Environment around can be used as inspiration to pour into a post. The easiest for me is write what i want to write, not write what people want to read. Only then after we get used to write what we want to write, ask to close friends to read our writing. Starting from here we will change the way the writing of what we want to write to others wants to read about our writing.
@wyfoso (1)
• China
16 Jan 11
hi, writing really puzzled me lots 2