I have not been posting on here a lot. When I write on this laptop, it is usually for a script of some kind. I write on paper when I journal, usually. I tell myself to write everyday but of course I do not. IT'S HARD!!! It seems simple to pick up a pen and some paper, yet it is difficult to actually do it. I have a few tips that I will share, and will probably not follow, and have not done myself.
1. Open a notebook.
Write your name! Write the date! Draw something! Move your hand along the page with a utensil in hand, make some kind of mark on it. Doing the motion will remind you how easy writing is. It gets your juices flowing. If you stare at a football, you can't throw it until you pick it up. Writing for 1 minute a day is better than nothing. I started sleeping with my notebook in my bed. So whenever I go to bed I write something in there, and read something that I've written.
2. Don't second guess yourself.
The first time you write anything it is probably going to be shit. We think too much about what we're going to write instead of writing down what is in our heads. So many times when I'm writing something I think, "this is terrible!!!" Acknowledge that thought and keep going. If it is overwhelmingly shitty, stop and write on something else you could be working on. Have more than one project going, so you can shift your focus onto something that could be finished or you have more ideas about. Writing is rewriting.
3. Something else about writing that I can't think of right now... The INTERNET!
Being on your laptop with the Internet is tough. There are so many fucking distractions. Pornography, browsing for stuff to buy, looking up serial killer documentaries on YouTube. There are way too many distractions online. Turn your Wifi off, put on some good music to write to and set an amount of time to write until. Try to make good writing habits. I have not, but I am trying. Trying is half the battle, and is better than not trying.
Those are my 23 year old words of wisdom on writing. Find a habit or a schedule that incorporates that you write everyday. Like Hunter S. Thompson.
Go write your name!!
Just a reminder here to re-read this and to keep that notebook by your bed.