Tips for the Creative Writer

Some people know they have good ideas, ones that can be made into stories or books. You may get a genuine interesting idea or insight. I often speak with students who mention they have ideas for books but they say it in this way: ” Maybe some day I will write a book.” In their own words it is only a maybe. The word maybe has some good uses, such as maybe we will go or maybe you will excel beating your own record at whatever sport it is you like to play. . Computer gamers are constantly trying to beat their highest score. This is a good word to use in matters of chance But Maybe also has a too frequent use when it is used in conversation instead of words like” I hope to write a book about it.” or ” I would like to do something with my ideas and write them into stories or books.” It should not be used when it is something you want or would hope for.

I want to emphasize the point that maybe might be too frequent in your vocabulary. Are you using it casually? Are you using it the way Canadians say “Eh” at the end of each sentence – mindlessly.

Check out your own language. The best way to do this is to ask your family or close friends to tell you if you are using :”maybe” as an excuse for not doing something. You could be using it to avoid doing it now. You could be using it as a way of stalling and putting it off because you don’t want to do it now. You might be saying it not sure your ideas or good enough. You could be uncertain of how to go about doing the writing so that it sells. I ask you to examine your own words and the motive behind the words. Why did you say it? What do you really mean? What should you have said? I will do it. I want to do it. I am going to do it. Be more positive with your language and see if you don’t accomplish more. Your words about yourself coming out of your own mouth have prfound affect on what you will accomplish.

Now that we have that point settled, I want to talk to those of you that do have some interesting ideas that you would like to make into a book or story.

1. Keep a Journal – professional writers and creative writers always keep a journal. They record their thoughts, the occurences of their lives and their opinions and views of them. Sometimes a creative flow comes and they get ideas for stories or poems or song lyrics etc. If you are not keeping a journal, I highly recommend that you start one. You do not have to write in it everyday. Write in it when one of those fascinating ideas comes to you. Record the idea. Even if it is not fully developed, it is something precious because it is your insight and it should be recorded. An actual physical journal is easy to carry around with you. Examine your pattern. Try to find if there is a pattern for those creative spurts. Do those creative ideas come early in the morning or during coffee or after every one else is gone for the day etc. Carrying a small book with you throughout your day is an easy m to be sure that you do something with those original ideas.

2. Electronic Journal – some of you spend much of your time on the computer or iPad or tablet. It would be most natural for you to use that device to record your journal. It could be long or it could be short. Always put the date on it so you will be able to retrieve it. Give it some type of title besides the date. That will help you capture the essence of what you were thinking on that day.

3. Voice Recorder – If you are usually on your lap top, or phone, you have access to a voice recorder. If the original ideas come when you can’t write them, speak the ideas into the voice recorder. Once more, it is not the length of the phrases or thoughts, but your diligence to record them.

4. Review – routinely and purposely revisit your writing ideas. Examine them and ask yourself if there is anything to add. perhaps further insight will come to you. perhaps, you will see a unity in the different portions of your they fit together like a puzzle.

Creative writers often discipline themselves to write in their journal daily and to write creatively using the thoughts from their journals.

5. Idea starters – there are hundreds of on-line sources for writing prompts for creative writing. You could purposely set aside some of your life for writing. Use the writing prompt as a way to get you writing. Often this type of exercise jump starts your writing so you end up with a really creative piece.

6. Use your creative friends to share your ideas with. Often creative writers form groups to examine each others pieces and make comments. This type of connection is so important. If you do not have a group such as this, it is worth an investment. Find out if there is a creative writing group at your school or in your community. If there isn’t, you may be just the person to start one. Use the school newspaper or other free media to invite creative writers to join you. It is excellent to have face to face conversions about writing. You can understand your writing from a different point of view.

7. If it isn’t possible for you to meet with others physically, there is always social media. Find other creative writers on Facebook or twitter or google etc. You could join someone’s page or start your own group. The point is you want to be talking to creative writers, people who share your passion for writing.

8. English Teacher – You could speak to your English or communications professor to point you in the direction of writing groups or even publishing. Often students have confided in me their love for writing and shared portions of their writing with me, Not all English and Communications teachers will be creative writers but it is worth a try. They might have leads on where you could be published.

9. Start a Blog. You could write about your daily life or your views or you could focus on your hobbies. You could write about the games you love or the field of study. It doesn’t have to be long but it should be regular. This is most certainly the way to connect with others who share your views.


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