You might have read countless writing tips from books and the internet. Even if you memorize them all, those techniques will be useless if you never do this particular one technique. It is actually the most important technique in learning to write.
It is… writing.
I am 100% serious.
“Start by writing one sentence.”
Every time someone asks me, “How to write? I want to be able to write like you. I read this book and that book, but still, I can’t write!” I ask him/her back, “What have you written?” If the answer is, “Nothing,” that is it. It is obvious that you do not want to have the skill. How can I teach you anything you do not want to have?
Remember Your First Bicycle Ride?
It was not magical at all, was it? You tried to keep the balance. You learned to improve eyes-hands-feet coordination. You might have fallen many times. Somehow eventually you improved. Sure, there are braking technique, properly adjusted seat and your dad to help you out, but in the end, your courage to practice regularly is the one that really made you be able to ride a bike.
Writing works the same way. It is not a talent gifted to some special individuals. It is a skill everyone can learn and master.
You Can Write Almost Everywhere
Writing costs you almost nothing. Really.
You can write on a notebook. You can write on a cute little diary. You can even write on the wall; I actually did it when I was 3 years old.
On the internet you can practice writing through:
- Commenting on blogs, video blogs (including YouTube), etc.
- Micro-blogging on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks
- Posting on your favorite forums
Learn to write by writing! You cannot write without writing!
Start now. Start small. Start by writing one sentence. Just one frikking sentence. Now!
Disclaimer: This post is written for my best friend who personally asked me to teach her about writing. I am not a professional writing coach, never got myself into a formal writing class, and never intend to magically turn you into the next J.K. Rowling.