In this article I'm going to write about how to enjoy writing. I'm a writer and do a lot of writing, both for my website and for other people. I find some ways of writing are more enjoyable than others.
How To Enjoy Writing
I find writing is most enjoyable when it's not done in a forced or particularly planned manner. If you find it's hard to get yourself to write, I think it's best to relax about it. Perhaps relaxation will be all you need to get your inspiration flowing, in fact.
I often spend some time meditating for ideas before sitting down to write an article. After a few seconds of keeping an alert space open in my mind, an idea – whoosh! – comes in to fill it that void.
In general I like to take the principles of meditation into my writing work. Allow, don't force. Flow, don't push. Let the writing almost seem to write itself, flowing out of your hands as if it were moving of its own accord, and you were only the piping for it to flow through!
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When you force or overly plan your writing, it's less like it's flowing through you and more like you are “efforting” the words into existence. This way isn't fun, doesn't feel light or joyful, and the finished product is generally not as creative, exciting, or authentic as an expression of who you are.
The funnest way to write is to have your words be an expression of who you are. Don't overthink them. Don't deliberate. Just be – onto the page. If you're feeling a sense of great power and creativity coming out of you, you're on the write track!
Trying To Please Your English Teacher
Don't fall into the trap of “trying to please your English teacher”. English teachers look for a certain sort of writing to praise and give high marks. They have a certain sort of advice about what constitutes good writing. The only problem is, this isn't what people in the real world like to read!
People in the real world like to read clear, simple, easy to digest information. They like a style which is easy on their eyes, and are generally not trying to analyse the deepest motivation of the author.
Most of all people are looking to get some kind of value out of your writing – be it recreation, information, both, or something else. Know what your readers want – or at the very least know what sort of valuable thing you want to do with your writing – and do that thing. Don't get stuck in words or structure on the way.
Structure In Writing
In general, very little structure is needed.
Add in some headings for ease of reading – perhaps after you have written your piece. Keep paragraphs and sentences short. You want your readers to be able to digest your writing easily.
Add some pictures when possible (especially for web writing) to make the writing seem friendlier and less intimidating to read.
Perhaps the opposite of what your English teachers would say. Make your writing easy.
In general I'd say the best way to enjoy writing is to have fun with it and don't take it so seriously. You can seriously help people with your writing, yes – but a joke or a light-hearted style wouldn't go amiss.
You might have to adapt to your medium if you're writing for a magazine, but yeah. For your blog? Write fun, write light, and write lots