We have been asking friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances for their top tips for getting words on the paper. Whether you are writing a novel, a thesis or just an essay, take a look at the tips below for inspiration and then get writing.
- Break down the writing in to chapters, main points and key arguments. Each point has to be introduced, delivered, examined, challenged and connected to next point
- Be inspired by a key quote – start off with a sentence/quote from a respected academic or researcher whatever, and then tear it to shreds!
- Read papers and articles from outside of your subject area – be inspired.
- Start with a key scene, theme or event. Work towards that, how can that happen? What’s the fallout? What is the effect?
- Your starting point won’t necessarily make the final cut
- You can be amazed by what a deadline can produce – know what motivates you to write and use it
- Silence your inner critic – tell the voice in your head this isn’t the final cut, this is work progress
- Never finish a writing session at the end of a sentence – put your pen down mid-sentence, it will give you a good place to start the next time.