Most writers are readers first. Whether historical, research, romantic mystery or spiritual focus. Many well versed writers have either read extensively or have been challenged by a variety of in depth life changing experiences. Remember, your best writing already is “in” you.

Let’s talk about how to put those thoughts on paper. First, discover what inspires you:

Are You A Romantic? We all have that special someone—first love, new love, unforgettable moments or situations that strengthened a love relationship. Most important here is to write straight from the heart, making each scene as real for the reader as it was for you.

Do You Love To Travel? Don’t consider taking that next trip without a pad, pen or tape recorder. You don’t have to write the perfect copy from the hotel or cruise ship, but become more aware of your surroundings. Take an “inside perspective” of the décor and service, note the ambience, and be prepared to describe your experience. There are many magazines on and off line that would appreciate a first hand description of popular vacation “hot spot” or cruise packages. It’s a great way to “break the ice” and achieve your first byline.

Are You Interested In Healthy Eating? Canvas health magazines, family journals and review food commentary pages of local newspapers. Your approach might include writing an overview of the variety of uses of a particular health related food, like Tofu. You might include a tasty recipe idea. You might even submit a picture of the final “tasty dish” with your article. If attractive enough you not only have a first article, but you’ve also become a self -made photographer.

How About “How To”? Have you ever wondered how books like “Computers For Idiots” became so popular? Don’t. Generally, people want to know how to do just about every conceivable thing you can imagine. You may have a creative way to cut corners in home improvement, gardening, or interior decorating. You may also have successful child rearing tools and techniques. Whatever it is, someone wants to read about it. All you have to do is write the details.

As a first time writer, the ultimate point to remember is you should always start with what you know or have personally experienced. Let the words come, don’t analyze your thoughts while they are thoughts. Spending too much time rethinking can spoil a great work in the making.

Stay personal. Write as if you are verbally telling the story or having a conversation with a good friend. Maintaining a casual attitude keeps you relaxed and open to ideas and witty thoughts.

Let your first draft be a “free flowing” experience. Have fun with it. You can get technical later. If it hasn’t already, writing will become part of you. Not unlike riding a bike, the more you write, the better it gets, and the more comfortable you’ll become. Let your inner source guide, direct and keep you on track. Do not hesitate to ask God to give you the words to write and or what topic to develop. There is no better source of inspiration.

Author's Bio: 

Theresa V. Wilson, M.Ed. is a Freelance Writer, with over eighty bylines in several business, family and women on and offline publications including recent issues of The Guide to Retirement Living, Godly Business Woman Magazine, and The Greater Omaha Parents Journal. Visit her website at Contact her at