In today\u2019s world the only way to stay current is to look to the future; that is, to improve, progress, and develop yourself professionally and personally. At FocusU, one of the methods we use for self-development is writing. In one of our earlier blogs, Do Facilitators Need to Write?, we discussed the merits of writing as a tool for understanding and expressing a topic eloquently. But what if you get stuck before you ever reach that place of expression? Well, we understand that difficulty and are here to offer up some ideas!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBelow are 3 tips to help you kick-start your writing:\r\n\r\n\tStart with an image:\r\nSometimes it helps if you have something in mind before you start. I don\u2019t necessarily mean an outline or even an idea of what to write. I mean a literal image of something that inspires you. Maybe it\u2019s a sunset. Maybe it\u2019s a runner finishing a race. Maybe it\u2019s a child smiling. Whatever it is, let it speak to you. Perhaps you just use it for inspiration, or perhaps you end up writing a whole piece around it. There is no wrong way to do it! If you\u2019re still not sure how this could help, check out this example of a blog that started with an image.\r\n\r\n\r\n\tCreate a space for writing:\r\nHave you ever had trouble getting work done while sitting on your bed, couch, or any other space you associate with relaxation? Maybe that\u2019s because in your mind, whether you realize it or not, that space has a function and that function doesn\u2019t include writing your monthly report or working on that excel sheet. Even if you don\u2019t have the ability to physically create a space for yourself in your home, find what works for you. Take a walk and find a spot in nature or go to your favorite caf\u00e9. Try listening to music, or even try some celestial white noise to help you focus. The world is fast-paced and often distracting. Set yourself apart literally or figuratively with a physical or sonic space that belongs just to you and your writing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\tJust write:\r\nI know, I know. Just write? But that can be so difficult! Yes, you are right. It can be. But there is some magic to it if you allow yourself to reach that place. Some think of this place as the sweet spot, others call it hitting their stride or getting in the groove, while many know this simply as flow. Being in flow isn\u2019t exclusive to writing. Flow can occur in just about any activity. Have you ever been doing something \u2013 from a task as routine and mundane as cleaning your house to as challenging and different as practicing a new piece of music \u2013 and looked up to find that hours had passed? You didn\u2019t even realize time was moving at all because you were in flow. This can also happen when writing. When you sit down and \u201cjust write\u201d you put yourself closer to hitting that flow. This doesn\u2019t mean that everything you write is perfect or should be perfect; in fact, it can be just the opposite \u2013 imperfect writing with mistakes. Being in flow means you allow whatever is inside you to come out. Maybe you make some typos. That\u2019s why spellchecker was invented. Maybe you have some grammar mistakes. That\u2019s why we have proofreaders. The point is, don\u2019t stop your writing to fix all the details and strive for perfection on the first pass. Nothing is perfect the first time around, and as many writers will tell you, the editing process is just as important as the writing process. So don\u2019t sweat the small stuff. Allow yourself to get in the groove and let your inner writer to flow out.\r\n\r\nJust because you never wrote much growing up or feel stuck every time you sit down to write doesn\u2019t mean you should give up. Everyone has the ability to write, you just have to find what works for you! Try implementing these 3 small but practical tips to jumpstart your writing. If you\u2019ve already found something that works for you, please feel free to share it in the comments below. Support your fellow writers and let them in on your insider tricks of the trade!