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Think, then write

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If you have a good idea, why not type it into your computer? If you are alone in your room and everything seems so quiet around you, please write something down, since your mind is clean and creative at the moment. 

You don’t have to think like a world-famous writer, but you should think like a man should do. Some people may think they have nothing to write about, but I can say as long as you think, you can write. This doesn’t mean you write well but means you begin thinking. The process to becoming a successful writer is extremely long and may be impossible in a person’s whole life. However, nothing can stop your hands and mind from working day and night. Numerous ideas, stupid or brilliant, just pop out time and often when even you haven’t noticed. So, now you can write.

Writing like a great writer may need a long time of thinking and structure-building, which has its difficulty that most beginners will feel horrible and impossible. But you can put your small ideas into practice. For example, tonight I feel I want to write something down about writing. So, now I am doing it, although in fact I have no any clear structures in my mind. But I know I want to write something down which will exactly express my view. The deal is done. 

Some students or writing lovers often meet the problem that they don’t know what to write. In my humble view, this question can be easily solved. Why? Because I know just write the things rattling in your mind, no matter what they are and what quality your writing will be. Just think and write. Writing in English must be a headache for English learners, but beginning to write and building the idea of writing whenever you want is one of the most important steps each learner should establish right now. Rome was not built in a day, so isn’t a successful writer. 

I have heard some writers share their writing stories, and they think if one writes much, he or she will naturally foster the feeling of writing and all kinds of ideas, stories and thoughts will gradually come out of their pen. One just thinks about one topic and has a few moments of thinking, words can come out to depict something or some things logically and clearly. That’s what we often say: Practice makes perfect. I remember I read a story about Mark Twain, who said when he delivered speeches in pubic in his early years, he had to write a whole article and recite it then. However, it was time-consuming and he finally developed an idea of drawing on the paper he should have written his article on. Then, he followed the drawings that others couldn’t understand to deliver his speeches time after time. Others may think this is amazing, but I think he had got the feeling of delivering a speech after doing so many times before. 

Quiet a few times writers think a lot but cannot put down words properly or what they put down is not that attractive to the reader. For us commoners, writing down something from your heart is enough, but you had better persist in doing so, for today’s bad writing will contribute to tomorrow’s good one. In addition, what I want to stress in this article is that free your mind and write your free ideas. Although you may make numerous mistakes including grammatical mistakes now, you can break the cocoon to become a butterfly someday if you persist. Who knows. 

In actuality, writing needs calmness. Breaking the cocoon shouldn’t be the dream of each one who writes arduously, but writing what you really want to express should be the ideal of each one who writes. Sometimes I consider writing an art, for it brings calmness, imagination and even beauty to my mind. I suppose this is more important. 

Just think, then write. That’s it. 

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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-4-28 09:20
Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-4-28 15:06
Actually, writing doesn't need calmness, just the ability to express thoughts.
The more you write, the easier it becomes.
I have often written my best material while under pressure, and then revised it before being happy with it.
Sometimes I have not even bothered to revise it.
I find my own style and AVOID CLICHES.
A cliché is a lazy way of expressing an original thought when writing.

The key is to write, write, write.
If it is for your own pleasure, it becomes easier.
By trying to force success (like trying to become a 'great writer') will inevitably lead to disappointment for most.
Like anything in life, trial and error are the best teachers.
If you are afraid to make mistakes, your fear will cripple you.

Just write !
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-4-28 20:20
voice_cd: Thank you very much!!! we have highlighted your blog.
Thanks very much!
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-4-28 20:34
BlondeAmber: Actually, writing doesn't need calmness, just the ability to express thoughts.
The more you write, the easier it becomes.
I have often written my best ...
Generally speaking, I agree with you, but not all.

I know under pressure you can write, and even write great works.
However, when your heart is calm, your thinking will be smoother and lots of unexpected beautiful, great, or even wonderful ideas will naturally run into your mind.
It is like breathing in the forest where your flesh and soul work coherently and every organ of your body just returns to its original state.
But this doesn't mean that your imagination stops or your thinking stops working. It is a feeling that you just know one thing------what you are writing, nothing is in your mind.
That is what I define calmness.

However, no matter how calm you are, you don't even write down a word, then you cannot write at all. Practice makes perfect. That's the rule.

So, think, then write.
Reply Report ysyaileen 2016-5-2 13:25
the more you think the more materials you can write but first of all, we must read more.
Reply Report samlam 2016-5-2 16:27
Writing something seems a simple thing today, it might be something important in memory tomorrow.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-2 16:40
Chinese and foreigners are thinking in different ways that you may see through the different complicated grammar rules of their languages.
Here, please let me frankly say that English dictionary is more workable for students to get smart thinking ability that is important for composition!
(If you have interest,please check my blog on the topic.)
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-2 16:43
As if you saw a flower growing on the top of your pen!
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-2 16:47
samlam: Writing something seems a simple thing today, it might be something important in memory tomorrow.
For memory tomorrow?
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-5-4 23:43
Good point, It also inspires me to write more. Thank you.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-8 00:58
ysyaileen: the more you think the more materials you can write but first of all, we must read more.
Yes, indeed.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-8 00:59
samlam: Writing something seems a simple thing today, it might be something important in memory tomorrow.
Yeah, it only "seems" but not true.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-8 01:01
SEARU: Chinese and foreigners are thinking in different ways that you may see through the different complicated grammar rules of their languages.
Here, pleas ...
Yeah, English dictionaries are extremely important for anyone who wants to write like a professional author. I will read your blog for sure.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-5-8 01:01
AndrewCraven: Good point, It also inspires me to write more. Thank you.
My pleasure.  

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