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This is going to be some long advice. Here you go!
1. Start out by writing for as long as you can bear it. Maybe you’ll only start out writing for five minutes and that’s fine. But gradually you’ll be able to increase to ten minutes, or fifteen or twenty, and then to half an hour and maybe eventually even an hour or more.
2. When you start out writing during these intervals, write about any topic that comes to mind. Don’t sit there at your desk beforehand and plan out every detail of the piece. If you have a general idea of a topic before you begin writing, then your words will be able to flow more smoothly and more quickly.
3. If something pops into your head that’s scary or full of guilt or terrifying, something that makes you feel afraid and lost and vulnerable, write about it. Don’t hesitate. Pull those feelings like an anchor up to the surface of yourself, where they can be free to float in the tide.
4. Fill your writing in with specific details; dig deeper into a certain idea than you normally would. For example, instead of writing “The sheets lie in a mess on the bed,” write “The sheets, cold with the absence of our bodies, lie tangled like the ridges of a mountain on the bed. They are full of rivulets and caves and crevasses where we haphazardly flung our limbs out to the side in sleep, full of some wild abandon we were not fully aware of when awake.” If you can really pull that idea apart and rip into it, sink your teeth deep into the meat of it, you can really give the reader the full picture of what you’re trying to convey.
5. Think of the person you love and write about them. Write about the small hidden details of their body. Their freckles or birthmarks, perhaps, or the way the hair curls against the nape of their neck. Write about the hollows of their cheekbones or the delicate bones of their ankles, the colored flecks in their eyes or the scars on the inside of their wrists. Or maybe you love the way their heart feels when it beats under your palm. Also write about their personality. Someone thoughtfully suggested a few examples to me: how they whisper quietly in their sleep, how they concentrate in class, how they act when they can’t remember a name. How they treat other people and interact with them and with you, etc.
6. Compare anything and everything. Make metaphors, similes, analogies, etc. There are so many similarities between the craters of the moon and the hollows and dips of someone’s knees. Maybe ribs climb up someone’s chest like a staircase or a ladder. Maybe the way the light spills through the window in the morning is like honey. Maybe you fall in love the way a tree falls: quickly and with reckless abandon, but always with a great crash at the end. But don’t, don’t, don’t compare things like the ocean to blue eyes, or hair to a cascading waterfall. Break out of the box and find something that isn’t cliché.
7. Choose a few beautiful words to weave into your writing. For example, “tangible” and “melancholy” are a few of my favorite words. If you fill up your piece with a few hidden gems, it will make it all the more interesting.
8. Travel to other places to write. You don’t always have to write at your desk or inside your home. Write by the roadside, or on an abandoned playground. Write by the ocean or in a treehouse or on top of a mountain. Explore. Journey. Discover.
9. Write about an enigma, someone whom you would love to figure out. Read them like a map; try to discover all the facets of their personality. Analyze the way they dress, the way they eat, the way they walk. Write about a stranger who absolutely fascinates you. Some of the best pieces of writing are about someone the author didn’t even know.
10. And lastly, fall in love with writing, no matter what setting or form you do it in. But you can’t just fall in love with it; you have to fall madly, deeply, hopelessly in love with it. As Stephin Merritt said, you have to shatter. You have to think about writing all the time; you have to notice the world in a different way because of it.