The best tip I can give is simply to write.
If you want to be a writer the first step is doing just that. Try writing a little bit everyday. It can be additions to a story in the works or it can just be random thoughts or feelings. The best way to improve your writing is practice.
When I first wrote my manuscript it was a complicated ordeal. I was always editing. It was never good enough, and I got no where. I was so focused on getting my grammar perfect and picking the best word or creating the best scene that I missed out on a lot of creativity. I also tired of writing. It became a chore. It made me want to quite. So I did, and started something else. I thought about my characters and story a lot, but it was always tainted with my criticism. A couple months ago I went back to that story. I just wrote. Now it’s finished. It could most certainly still use some polish and there are still some strings that need to be tied together, but the tale developed organically. I didn’t over think things and it was once again a story I wanted to tell, a story I felt inspired to write about.
If you can’t think of something to write about here are a few great go-to themes:
- Relationships: Family, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, anyone you have a relationship with and you want to write about.
- Yourself: Write about your day, your week, your childhood, just go through memories or dreams I’m sure you’ll find fodder.
- Passions: Do you love soccer? Skiing? Dogs? Just cover what you love.
- The world: Write about the room you’re in, write about the color of the tree outside. Use the scenery around you to inspire.