This article was last modified on March 1st, 2021.
Just do it! Sometimes you just have to jump in and start writing. I recommend that my students start each day with a simple writing prompt in a journal or composition book. Pick an abstract topic like “If I won a million dollars…” and go from there. The beauty of this is there are no right or wrong answers. You write what you think and feel. Prompts can be revisited for future writing assignments or provide a springboard for brainstorming.
Writing is a habit like brushing your teeth or making your bed. The more you do it the easier it becomes. You train your brain to remove obstacles and not censor yourself. If you find this overwhelming, start with one prompt each week. Work up to two or three and then aim to write for five minutes a day. You will see how it becomes easier over time. Check out this list of 75 ideas to help you get started. Jump in and have fun!
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