A good foundation in writing basics is necessary to writing strong narrative. Initially, you need to trust your competence to write rationally. You need to know how to write sentences and paragraphs. You might like to brush up on some of these skills. There are many excellent guides for grammar and other technical aspects of writing, including Barron's Writing: The Easy Way. Another I strongly recommend is Karen Elizabeth Gordon's The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, a wonderfully playful guide to English grammar, complete with gothic illustrations.
Each day during your journal time, contemplate your relationship to language. Think about what your education and other experiences have taught you about the writing process. What makes you nervous about writing? What inspires you?
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