Some of my friends have always asked me how I came around to writing. Most of them didn’t know I started out 4 years ago, back in high school. Embarrassing poems were penned down in small notebooks, in between my worksheets and elsewhere. I wasn’t much of a good writer then. Nonetheless, I’ll have to credit my high school friend for prodding me to begin my writing journey:
- Get a notebook. Yes, I’m all for the old fashioned way. Nonetheless, you can always type down in your phone notes whenever you feel the writing fever coming on to you.
- Write about what inspires you, your thoughts, your observations. In light of my great-grandmother’s death, I wrote a short piece about her, which what I eventually used as my admissions essay.
- Read, a lot. Thats a really great way to explore what writing styles, phrases you’d like to incorporate in your pieces.
- Decide what kind of writer you want to be. I decided early on that I wanted to be a writer who can relate to people who don’t write, and to not use super fancy words to references that weren’t ultimately relevant.
- Write down any quotes, excerpts that you find particularly interesting. You can use these quotes to inspire you further.
- If you can’t find anything to write, write about your surroundings. A lot of my pieces revolve around the weather, the rain, how the cars seem to blind me as I cross the roads, how the cold bites my hands as the wind blows. And sunsets.