For any writer, the sight of a blank white page holds the potential for greatness. It’s also pretty scary looking.
If you’ve ever spent too long staring at the white, choosing the perfect font or experimenting with heading styles – this post is for you.
How to structure your work, fill the page and get your writing flow on:
- Create a plan for your writing before you start. You can check out my handy video on how to plan an essay here. A similar plan will also work for other types of document.
- Divide your ideas into sections and put headings down the page, for example: ‘Introduction’. You could also add bullet points or a one-line note about what the section will include. These will help you keep on track when you’re writing and also make the page look fuller instantly, which is far less intimidating.
- If you write a lot of documents with a similar structure, for example school essays or professional job pitches, create a template for the first paragraph. An introduction usually includes a brief summary of what you’ll be writing about and having a set structure for writing this can ease the pressure of those first few words.
- Lots of ideas but don’t know how to start? Skip the start! Dive straight into the second or third paragraph and then go back and fill in the ‘introduction’ later. Often introducing is much easier at the end, because your ideas have already taken shape.
- JUST START! Don’t check your social media, don’t get a fourth cup of tea, don’t stare out the window and most importantly, don’t spend three hours re-wording the perfect first line. Just write. Write anything. Accept that the first go is always a draft and remember there’ll be time for tweaking later.