I’m Stuck How Do I Start Writing?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by people new to writing (newbies). Honestly speaking, there is no prescribed formula for you to start writing. What works for one person might not work for you. I personally think to start writing begin with free writing.
Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. Some writers use the technique to collect initial thoughts and ideas on a topic, often as a preliminary to formal writing.
This may not make sense to you. To support my point of view I will share with you the journey I have travelled. A case study of how I started writing.
JOINING THE BIBLE SCHOOL – MY CASE STUDY
My journey started the moment I joined a bible school class to study the word of God. The class met once every week for lessons. I had the most wonderful opportunity to meet with people from diverse cultures. With no time the group had jelled together.
However, it was sad to go our separate ways the time the bible course ended. We organized a small event for our graduation ceremony. I felt proud of what we had achieved as a wonderful team. I thought to myself, ‘An event of this nature cannot go unnoticed. What if it gets recorded for the memory lane? Surely, no reporter will turn up to cover a community event like this of low profile. What if I record it myself? ‘Writing an article of the Bible school is the next thing I remember doing. Setting the ball rolling. My writing began with the article below.
THE BIBLE SCHOOL COMES TO INFIELDS
Members of CLG church welcomed the launch of a bible school in Infields, on 1 January this year. This latest development comes in the wake of many programmes being initiated by this church to spread the gospel to all nations.
The bible school conducted its first lessons on 2 January 2007, following the official opening by the Reverend James Gape, the previous day. The school doors are open to students from varying sects of the Christian faith. It is an inter-denominational institution. On offer, is a comprehensive package of modules: Homiletic, Bible Synthesis and Doctrinal Foundations, among others.
On successfully completing the programme, students are awarded a diploma, recognized as a teaching qualification by other organizations. Two lessons are run both in the mornings and in the evenings, every Tuesday of the week. The morning lesson kicks off from 10 to 1 o’clock.
The evening sessions begin at 6 o’clock and last for four hours. Tuition fees are quite affordable and each student pays £65.00 only, per semester. Students learn in a free and most relaxed atmosphere where everyone has the chance to express their views. In terms of reading materials, constant supplies of lecture notes plus well-researched handouts are always at students’ disposal.
See what students had to say, “The bible school has had such a huge impact on my life. My life has been completely transformed. I feel as if I’ve been given a second chance to live, a second time to set my life on the right footing” writes Effie Moyo.
“Many thanks to the bible school organisers. I have learned relevant skills in time management. Before, I could hardly spare time to read the bible. It’s quite a transformation.” Rachel Murphy.
“I find the wisdom in college lessons invaluable. Whenever I had a meltdown, the lecturer was on hand to support me and talk through it.’ Alison Bates.
“I am not the same person I was the time I came up the drive’ said James Murphy.
“It’s a specially designed type of teaching, preparing people for cross-cultural mission. The ethos is practical and equipping rather than academic and a focus on understanding Biblical principles.’ Pat Adams.
“The bible school lessons have made me suddenly realize that Christians are on a journey. No one knows the way to get to Heaven, except Jesus. It will be naïve to embark on this journey without a map.
The bible is indeed the map. It is a living word, written by people inspired by the Holy Spirit. My view is that we need to go beyond the simple reading of this book and study it with proper guidance that comes from trained teachers”. Pete McLeay.
“I acknowledge the role our church has always played in trying to keep our Christian lives lubricated. A wide range of activities lined up throughout each week gives members a forum for fellowship.
For instance, the women prayer meetings on Tuesdays, bible studies in people’s homes every Wednesdays over a cup of tea and all-night prayers on Fridays. Undoubtedly, all these highlights the emphasis the church has put on enhancing people’s spiritual lives.
Even though we had a diverse programme of this nature which provides a niche for every Christian, I still failed to reap any benefits. I simply failed to fit in. My extremely busy lifestyle made it impossible to do so. However, the introduction of the Bible school lessons has changed my life. How the timetable is structured is amazing. It seems it has been tailor-made to accommodate me.
“Through the powerful teachings of the word by the renowned lecturer, Pastor E. Mayor, students have not only learned about the bible, but also how to apply the word of God to their personal lives. The invaluable counselling sessions that accompany lessons are an additional bonus.
“I now have peace of mind and feel confident that I now have most answers to life’s pressing problems. I have grown from strength to strength through the three-hour lessons every week. I feel proud that for once in my lifetime I’m able to set aside time to learn more about God.” Betty Kale.
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I shared this article with the rest of my colleagues. Fortunately, we all had managed to remain in touch through a Facebook Group we had formed. By then, it was quite apparent my written work was not yet up to standard. It was riddled with grammatical errors plus all the imperfections that come with being a novice writer. Despite that, I received the most amazing feedback.
The positive feedback unleashed the zeal to continue writing. Later, I decided to launch a church newsletter which I am still writing to this date. I have gained more confidence with each new newsletter that I publish. Looking back, it all seems surreal. I have grown from strength to strength. Each time I write a new newsletter, I do so aiming to make some improvements. I have made really good progress as a result.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES NEW WRITERS FACE?
I have come across reports saying the most challenging hurdle faced by new writers is how to start to write. In my case study, real progress was set in motion the moment I started writing. Of course, I still had issues with my grammar and spellings but that did not stop me. If I had not started and decided to perfect my grammar first, I don’t think I would have received any form of feedback to encourage me to continue writing. When you continue to write regardless of how inexperienced you are, you create more room for self-improvement.
Start Writing Today!
Get the ball rolling. Start writing now! Write whatever comes to mind. Don’t allow your lack of self-belief stop you from putting your work into the world.
Hopefully, this post was informative enough to give you a picture of how you can start to write. There is no proven formula that works. I believe it all begins the moment you start off with free writing. The grammar and spellings will be attended to afterwards.
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