How To Write

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Read, a lot. Thats a really great way to explore what writing styles, phrases you’d like to incorporate in your pieces.
  4. 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.
  5. Write down any quotes, excerpts that you find particularly interesting. You can use these quotes to inspire you further.
  6. 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.

sarahshu

junior studying economics + psychology. occasional writer, ambivert, and can be found in coffee shops

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