Writing when you don't know where to begin.- Momina Arif's Blog

Writing when you don’t know where to begin.

So you want to write, but you don’t know where to start? It’s a tricky situation, and often, overcoming this challenge is all it takes to write something remarkable.

You may know what to write but cannot get to physically writing it.


You may not know what to write about.

Either way, here are a few ways you can start writing without thinking too long and hard about where to start.

Fear of the first draft.

Most writers fear rejection and this fear can quickly turn into the habit of not writing. You can subconsciously hinder the creative process by simply assuming that what you write will not be worth it.

The only way to beat the fear of writing a terrible first draft is to write the terrible first draft.

Start by permitting yourself to write something terrible that will never see the light of day. And before you know it, you are going over it for spell check, and isn’t all that bad.

And even if it is.

Even the most successful authors have testified to writing questionable first drafts.

Writing is hard.

Another reason why you may not be writing is that you have all the ideas you need, but you cannot make the time for actually writing.

Writing requires focus, and most people underestimate the energy required for that. Writers don’t just have to write. They have to research, outline, and organize their work.

To get more writing done, you must work on creating a daily writing habit. Finding the ideal window of opportunity when you have the time, the energy, and the space to write is another factor to keep in mind. The key is to identify your obstacles and eliminate them.


There’s nothing like a writer’s block. It is a painful gap in time that every writer can relate to. The trick is to embrace the lack of inspiration and hyperactive flux of ideas and use that time for things that you still have to do as a writer, but you don’t necessarily have to be inspired by them.

Is there something you wrote 3 months ago, that you’ve been meaning to go through? Is there a plot that needs detailed outlining but you couldn’t be bothered with the nitty-gritty? 

Make a list of things that you don’t want to do when you are feeling creative. Things that you can do just as well, uninspired, and then make use of that writer’s block.

The next time you feel like you have no ideas, start by editing a previous draft. See what you could’ve written better.

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