There was an idea in your head today. One too big to keep inside, one that demanded to be given free reign on a page. What did you do with it? Make a note to self and save it for later? That’s good. Maybe you were lucky enough to start writing immediately? That’s even better.
Or maybe you ignored it. That’s all right, you’ll have more ideas tomorrow. Don’t ignore those.
Writing, like any habit, becomes easier when backed with the momentum of repeated practice. If you haven’t written for a while, getting the first week’s worth of NaNoWriMo pages down may feel like scraping rust off your creative gears with a chisel. But by the time you reach “The End” and cease writing, you’ll feel something missing from your days, an empty space once filled with clacking keys and soaring wordcount. Changing habits is the hardest part of becoming a writer.
Start thinking. Write now. The first ideas may not come easy. That’s okay, that’s how it starts. Once you get your mental juices flowing and start to view the world through a writer’s eyes—eyes that notice, ears that listen, all that—your ideas will be too numerous to hold onto. That’s where a writer’s notebook comes in. I write things down on a notepad until I’m in a place to write.
Writing is practice. That’s it. The more you practice the stronger the habit will be, and the more words you’ll have to call your own. You’ll learn, you’ll enjoy it, you’ll get better. And someday, a reader will find your story. Enchanted, they’ll turn page after page, soaking it up, till they reach the end. With stars in their eyes, they’ll reach for their own pen.