Writing Tips for the Aspiring Writer

When I first begin to write, I would use an egg timer to ensure I wrote the length of time I desired. I first set the timer for fifteen minutes writing time. As I began to grow, I set it for thirty minutes. Now, years later, I have no need for the timer because I am in my rhythmic writing season.

As a beginning writer it is good to set certain rituals around yourself. For example find the place to write where you feel most inspired. It may be in your home office, in a library, a coffee shop or by the lake. Every writer is different and to be honest, I have written in all the above places. The key is to find the place that works best for you. Sometimes I need to get away from home because I am distracted there. The laundry and the housework have a strange way of calling my name.

The second key ritual is to do some type of mental or physical preparation. Stretching, praying, mediating or taking several deep breaths before writing are just a few examples. The physical and mental preparation will signal your mind and your body that writing will begin soon. Also your “creative self” will appreciate the attention which you are giving to it and the response from your writing will be worth it.

During your time of writing, if you find yourself writing past thirty minutes, give your body the break it needs. Get up, walk around, get a drink of water and stretch. Your back, arms, hands and overall body will thank you. One thing I have experienced is that tense, tight feeling of muscles getting stiff from not giving my body the rest it needs from sitting in front of a computer.

Just a side tip here: watch those distractions! You can believe when you make a decision to write your book, article or blog, distractions have a way of showing up. The majority of the time our distractions will come in the form of people or pets. It can be your spouse who needs some extra attention. It can be your child who believes you are the only person who knows where their sock is hiding. It can be your pet who needs to go for a walk now or needs to play right now. Another distraction can be that person you may have in your life that loves the drama of the storm. You know the one whom you will give your time, attention and wisdom and yet they seem to love the problem more than the solution. In days of old, I would set the timer on six minutes. If we could not discuss the situation and come to some sort of resolution, I would politely announce, “I am writing and will have to call you back later.” Now, I do not answer the phone at all.”

Lastly enjoy your writing time. Treat it as a time with your creative self and have fun. Write what you a passionate about. Write what you hear. Write what you think. Be yourself and just write.

What Are the Factors in Determining How Fast You Can Learn the Violin?

If you are reading this article, then you must be in one of two situations: either you are considering learning the violin, or you have just started learning the violin and now wonder how long it will take to master playing the violin. In either case, this article will let you know what the key factors are in determining how fast you learn the violin.

Actually, if you are just starting out in learning how to play the violin, you really should focus on picking up the correct bowing techniques and building a solid foundation instead to wondering how fast you can learn the violin. You should be aware that in rushing to do anything, especially in learning a new skill such as playing the violin, you are robbing yourself the joy of the journey in mastering the instrument.

1. Have the right attitude

In the beginning, you may find that you progress very fast when you first start to learn to play the violin. Then subsequently at the intermediate level, many people find that they are stuck and that their violin playing skill does not improve. This is when most people give up.

The first factor in determining how fast you learn the violin is your attitude towards mastering the skill. Adopt a positive outlook as that will aid you when at times, you feel that you may never be able to play the violin properly. It is common for anyone to face setback when learning the violin. The important thing is not to let it overwhelm you and keep on the determination to learn.

2. Practice constantly

As in learning any new skill, devote at least half an hour to an hour a day to perfect your bowing techniques and learn to read music notes properly. Train your ear so that you play in perfect pitch.

For many people, in the beginning they ensure that they practice every day. Then the mundane nature of the routine tires them out and they soon lost interest. You must never let that happen. Remember that only through practicing can you perfect your violin playing skills and make fast progress.

You will need to have the determination and discipline in learning the violin so you can progress quickly.

3. Start with a quality violin and violin bow

Many new beginners have the perception that because they are new in learning to play the violin, the music instrument can be one that is of a certain pricing and quality that is quite low. They may think that they save money by starting out with a cheaper instrument, however what they do not realise is that a music instrument of low or inferior quality actually arrest their growth as a musician.

The reason is that cheap violins do not produce nice tonal quality and because they are not properly set up, the sound produced by the instrument is squeaky. The strings of the violin may hurt your fingers.

As such I always advise my customers to start off with a reasonably good quality violin and violin bow. This will accelerate your learning process and you will find that learning the violin is pure pleasure.