Get Started Writing
From Ginny Wiehardt, former About.com Guide
- The Craft of Writing
- The Writing Life
- Writing Spaces
- Exercises and Prompts
- Resources for Beginning Writers
The Craft of Writing
Though you have intuited many aspects of craft through reading or even high school literature classes, as you work on stories or novels, you will learn to approach the elements of fiction as a writer, not a reader. Review the fundamental building blocks of fiction now, to have them fresh in your mind as you write -- or just know that these articles are here should you get stuck during the writing process.
The Writing Life
In addition to working on craft, you'll want to devote some time and energy to forging a life that will support your writing in the long-term. After all, it's not always easy to focus on a craft while living in a culture that places a high premium on money and outward success.
Ideally we'd all have that room of our own, but sometimes that's just not an option. But lack of space should never keep you from writing. These suggestions will help you overcome space issues.
Exercises and Prompts
Whether you're looking for inspiration or you want to work on a specific element of craft or technique, there's a prompt or exercise in this collection to help.
- Monthly Writing Challenge
- Creative Writing Prompts
- Exercises for New Story Ideas
- Writing Exercises for Craft and Technique
Resources for Beginning Writers
Any worry, problem, or concern you could possibly have is shared and has been addressed somewhere. There's a wealth of resources available to help, including the FAQs below, books on writing, and writing classes.