Writing for fun can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also lead to more frustration than you might think.
Stephanie Zuberis has found that writing for fun leads to more anxiety than other creative endeavors.
“Writing for fun has been associated with a range of psychological problems, including anxiety and depression,” she wrote in an essay in The Guardian.
“If I want my work to make me feel good, I need to write about a subject that makes me feel like I am on the path to betterment.”
Here’s how Zuber says she overcame her anxiety and helped others write for fun:1.
Find something that you love to write.
I found this to be a perfect exercise for me:I’ve been doing it for a while, and I always find that it helps to write down something that I enjoy and that I am really passionate about.
Write down the feelings that you have and what makes you feel good.
I write about feeling good and doing good, and about things that are not perfect.
I also write about my life, my career, and the life of my friend and partner.2.
Write your first sentence.
Start with your most basic idea, which you might be able to get from your favorite book, a magazine, a website, or even a video game.
Write a quick sentence or two about what it is that you enjoy about the subject.
For example, I might write, “I like to write and to see the world through the eyes of a character.”3.
Do it for an hour or two.
Write something that’s really simple.
For instance, I would write, write, and write.
Do a simple sentence about something that is simple.
Do not write anything too complex, or you will find yourself getting really stuck.4.
Do an activity.
Try writing a simple word on the piece of paper.
For this exercise, I wrote a simple “I’m tired” and “I have to get up,” and then I did something that involved a lot of physical activity.
It felt really good to do, and it helped me get out of my head and focus on the words.5.
You can repeat this exercise a couple more times.
When you are done, write out the sentence you wrote and do a little exercise with it.
Write it down, but do it slowly.
You will find that you will feel much better if you keep doing this exercise.6.
Repeat the exercise.
Repeat it a few more times to make sure that you really are writing a sentence.
Repeat this exercise to your friends, family, and co-workers.
Do this exercise with your partner, your boss, and anyone else who asks you to do something for fun.7.
Spend time together and write your favorite story, a book, or a movie, and make it something you can be proud of.
Write about it, and you will be rewarded for your effort.
Write this exercise out for a week or so, and then do it again.
You should see a big improvement.
This is just the beginning.
Write a short story, or read a short book, and try to write something creative and engaging that you can share with your friends and family.