Sometimes it is difficult to get started as you may have some of these types of thoughts in your head:
These are common writing blocks. Notice if they are familiar to you. When writing for publication, you don't have to begin at the beginning, you don't need to wait for inspiration to strike, know exactly what to say, or write perfectly in your first draft. You just need to have an idea. Once you have an idea, you can start where it’s best for you – maybe even at the conclusion or the methods (if you are writing a publication with a traditional structure).
Let the first draft be messy and unfinished, as your thinking will develop through the writing process. A lot of research shows that we think better through writing than just sitting and thinking. Remember: writing can be a tool for thinking.
One way to start writing is to define your writing focus:
Once you have the focus of your paper, you can start to think about its structure. This can be daunting for some and exciting for others. Often it depends on what kind of writer you are – do you like to have a structure in mind while you write? One way to approach structure is to think in chunks. You might think of these chunks as building blocks that set up the overall architecture of the article.
Writing in chunks, you can start writing anywhere. Possible starting points include:
If you want to write a journal article, read journal articles and notice things about them such as:
Below is a list of resources that can assist with writing and preparing a publication for submission: