When you are a newbie writer, any form of low stakes writing will help get you started. Low stakes writing is meant to give you an entryway into a productive writing session. Here are four ways to make use of low stakes writing.
While you are getting your tea or coffee, write down the idea you want to write about. As you sip on your beverage, write free-form until your drink is done. If you are in writing momentum, then continue. If not, consider yourself done for the day.
Limited number of words
This is not the write 1000 words-a-day advice. Not at all.
This is the 100 words-a-day advice. That is it. Nothing more. So go do it now.
If 100 words are still too much for you then write 50 words.
Use an old piece of writing
Pull out an old piece of writing of your own. It should be at least a few months old. Check your diary or journal for any writing. Read it and then consider how you have changed since then. Think of related experiences you have had. Then revise the old piece of writing and embellish it with how you now think and your recent experiences.
This low stakes one is similar to using an old piece of your writing. Instead, here you open a book that you like and randomly pick out one paragraph. Read the paragraph and use that as a prompt for your own thoughts and feelings on the subject.
You may ask what if you don’t know much about the topic. Then simply choose another paragraph. Remember to use a book that you like and of course, have read before. Preferably one you read multiple times. You will have thoughts on the topic.
Here is what to do. Print out this article and keep it where you normally write. It could be by your computer, in your kitchen, etc. As you pass this paper look at one of the tips. If you have 10 minutes then go do it. Or, figure out when next you have 10 minutes to act on one of the tips…preferably today. Then rinse and repeat how many times you want.