Writing Tip - Getting Started with Lists
by Kathryn Mockler
June 2, 2018
Sometimes new writers fear that they don't have anything to say or write about, which is simply not true.
One thing I do to avoid feeling stuck is keep an ongoing list of all the things I'm interested in writing about.
The list may be general or specific.
For example, I might list some jobs I've had, experiences that have been important to me, people I want to write about, or subjects I want to research. One of my lists consists of lines of dialogue, another consists of conversations I've overheard. Sometimes I group lists by genre or subject matter. I have a list for poetry, for screenplays, for short fiction.
I use a free site called Trello to organize my lists, but you can use any list-making platform or just a simple notebook will do.
I like using an online platform for lists because I can get the app on my phone, and instead of scanning social media when I'm waiting in line, I can scan and add to my lists. This is one way of being productive when I don't have a lot of time to write.
When I'm composing a story or script, I even use lists to plot the structure or character details or theme ideas.
So if you ever feel stuck or don't know what to write about, start making a list and see what happens.
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