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For the third part of our series on starting a new hobby, we’re going to be talking about writing! If you didn’t fancy taking up jogging or reading, maybe this is the one for you.

There’s a saying that ‘everyone has a book inside them’, but very few people actually get round to writing it! Now, we’re not saying you should start your new hobby by writing an entire book, but you could start with short stories, a blog post, or maybe even just a diary entry!

This guide is designed to inspire you to pick up a pen or head to your computer key board and start writing!

Why writing?

Writing can be a great hobby to get your creative juices flowing, helping you relax after a hard day’s work. It’s been reported that writing can improve your mood, wellbeing and help you de-stress if you make it a regular thing, so what’s stopping you?

If your spelling and grammar isn’t the best, or you’ve no idea about paragraphs, unless you want to get your work published, it really doesn’t matter! The fact that you have the initial idea, start writing and then complete it will give you a great sense of accomplishment.

What to write

Write whatever you like! You can take inspiration from anywhere – whether it’s a funny poem about someone you met on the bus, or a short story about a family member or beloved pet, it’s completely up to you. Remember, you’re writing for fun, so it doesn’t have to be Shakespeare! You could carry a notepad and pen in your bag or have a pad and pen by the side of your bed so that you can scribble down any ideas you have on the move or in the night.

You might have a clear idea of what you want to write but if you need some inspiration here’s some options:

• A blog

• A diary

• A poem

• A novel

• A book for children/teens

• A short story

• A screenplay or script

• Your biography or a travel memoir

• A collection of poetry

Get into a routine

You can write pretty much anywhere you like, at home, at your local library, a coffee shop, on a bench at your local park. However, most writers will tell you that it’s good to get into a routine. You can try to schedule in writing sessions so you know there are set times in the week when you’ll stop everything else and pick up your pen (or switch on the laptop!). Try out a few times in the day to see which works best for you.

And there you have it. Go on, give writing for fun a go!

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