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Inspiration Station: How To Write

Inspiration Station How to Write

How do you write a novel? Simple.

1. Prepare a beverage for yourself.
Coffee? Tea? Hot chocolate? Water? Whatever you prefer to sip on during your writing session, get it ready.

2. Sit down at your desk.
Self-explanatory.

3. Turn on your laptop.
Twiddle your thumbs while you wait for it to boot up.

3.5. Open your notebook and pen.
If you prefer handwriting over typing, then good for you. You skip five minutes of waiting. Notebooks don’t need to load.

4. Write.
Start putting letters together to form words. Words form sentences. Sentences make paragraphs. You get where this is going, don’t you?

What, you don’t know where to begin your story? I can’t do everything for you.

How do you spend your writing sessions?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

29 thoughts on “Inspiration Station: How To Write

  1. Step one: Pull out notebook/laptop and set on table.
    Step two: Start up laptop (if applicable).
    Step three: Pour a drink and grab snack-ums.
    Step four: Sit at table and stare at blank page.
    Step five: Eat all the snack-ums.
    Step six: Drink all the drink.
    Step seven: Spend hours on YouTube/FB. Don’t write a dang thing.

    🙂

    Sometimes, that’s really what it feels like…

    1. Happens to me all the time! Or the dog comes to my room and starts barking continuously until I do what she wants. Or grandma comes to my room and starts barking continuously until I do what she wants…

      1. I don’t have a pet, but I can relate to the grandma situation. I love her dearly, but at times it’s just plain annoying and there’s really nothing I can do about it.
        It looks like I have got to learn to be more patient and still my mind. Disciplining a fleeting thing such as that is quite a challenge.

      2. I’d say you’re a better person than I am, because my instinctual solution is: “I’ll move out as soon as I can afford it” XD Maybe I should try the discipline and patience approach, too… 🙂

      3. I’ve had those thoughts too. I’m 20, if you’re curious. In India, it’s still an acceptable age to live with one’s parents. I’m planning on going far away for my masters. I have a year left. Until then, the patient approach has to suffice.

      4. That makes sense 🙂 Good luck with your plans! I’ve lived in a dorm and technically abroad for my Bachelor’s and most of my Master’s and it was a great experience.

        I’m 25 and in Slovakia, where I live, that’s an age at which living with parents is starting to be a questionable but still acceptable life-choice, but I’m only just now finishing my degree and have yet to find a proper job, so… So I guess I should start learning patience, too, and also get on with the job hunt!

      5. I think I’ll enjoy it too, but I’m mostly looking forward to the freedom. 😛
        I love this space because of all the amazing people I get to interact with at the comfort of my home. Good luck with your job hunting! 🙂
        I’ll make it a point to go through your blog in the morning. It’s 1:17 am here and I think it’s high time I turned in for the night.

      6. The freedom is a great part of studying away from one’s family. Even when the family is great, they usually expect one to still follow the same rules in their twenties as they followed when they were 15, which does get tiring.

        That’s one of the best things about the Internet, isn’t it? And thank you 🙂

        That sounds like a bedtime, yeah. You’re quite ahead of me – it’s only 9PM here. I’ll go through yours as well as soon as possible 🙂

  2. I have to be away from technology. I’ve been trying to do as much hand-written work as possible simply because if I’m around my phone or TV or PS3 or laptop…I somehow end up wasting time on Pinterest or playing Skyrim. Eventually I’m going to have to type things up however.

  3. Step one: Unplug the Internet cable, as not to be distracted.
    Step two: Write and try not to be distracted by everything else other than the Internet.

  4. 1) Sit on bed with my laptop on my lap.
    2) Open the Write or Die app.
    3) Smash at keys for 10 minutes and hope words happen.
    4) Copy the resulting text into Scrivener.

      1. That’s a good way to work, too! I sometimes need an external motivation to not give into distractions.

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