I'm Stuck How Do I Start Writing?
How do I start writing? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by people completely 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 start with free writing.
This may not make sense to you. I will share my case study to show you how I have travelled this journey. A case study of how it all started.
Joining The Bible School - A Case Study
My journey started the moment I joined a bible school class. A group of people who had come together to study the word of God.
Our class met once every week for lessons. I recall having a fantastic time. I had the opportunity to meet with people from diverse cultures and with no time the group had jelled together.
However, it was sad to go our separate ways the time the bible course ended. We organised a small event for our graduation ceremony. We all felt proud of what we had achieved as a team.
I thought to myself, ‘An event of this nature can’t pass unnoticed. Surely, no reporter will turn up to cover a community event of low profile like this. What if I record it myself for the memory lane?’
Writing an article on the Bible school is the next thing I remember doing. And that set the ball for me. The article below was my first attempt to write something.
THE BIBLE SCHOOL COMES TO INFIELDS
Members of Christian Life Group (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 its official opening by Reverend James Gape, the previous day.
In his opening address, this is what Reverend James Gape said.
The school doors are open to students from different sects of the Christian faith. Its an inter-denominational institution.
On offer, is a comprehensive package of modules including Homiletic, Bible Synthesis and Doctrinal Foundations, among others.
On completing the programme successfully, students will be awarded a diploma, recognisable by other organisations as a teaching qualification.
Two lessons are run, one in the mornings and the other, 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 run for four hours.
Tuition fees are quite affordable. Each student pays £65.00 only per semester.
Students learn in a free and very relaxed atmosphere where everyone has the chance to express their views.
In terms of reading materials, student are always getting constant supplies of lecture notes plus well-researched handouts.
Read what students had to say about their learning experiences.
Fortunately, we all have managed to keep in touch up to this date. We have our own Facebook group, we formed back then.
I shared this article with the rest of my school mates on our group.
By then, my written work was not yet developed and was riddled with grammatical mistakes and everything that comes with being a novice writer.
It seemed my mates were blind to all those imperfections. I received the most amazing feedback.
The positive feedback unleashed the zeal inside me to continue writing.
Later, I decided to launch a church newsletter. I’m still writing this newsletter to this date.
Looking back, I’ve gained more confidence with each new newsletter that I publish. It all seems surreal. I’ve seen myself growing from strength to strength.
I try my best to make improvements with each new newsletter that I write.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES NEW WRITERS FACE?
I have come across reports saying the most challenging hurdle new writers come face to face with is knowing how to start to write.
Looking at my case study, real progress was set in motion the moment I started to write something. I still had issues with my grammar and spellings but that did not stop me.
If I had not started to write that bible school article waiting to perfect my grammar first, I don’t think I would have received the kind of feedback I had which encouraged me to continue writing.
When you continue to write regardless of how inexperienced you are, you create room for self-improvement.
Get the ball rolling. Start to write now! Write whatever comes to your mind.
Don’t allow your lack of self-belief stop you from putting your work out there in the world.
Hopefully, you find this post informative in relation to how to start to write. I think there is no proven formula that works but it all begins the moment you start off with free writing.
The grammar and spellings will be attended to at a later stage.
Let me know if there is anything you want me to clarify further in relation to, ‘How do I start writing – Start with free writing.’ Please feel free to leave your questions below. I will be more than happy to get back to you as soon as I can. Also, feel free to share your views and opinions.
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