That Creative Time of Day

By S. B. Redd

My house is usually at it quietest between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. More than likely, my daughter has fallen asleep by default after talking for countless hours on the phone or spending time on some social network, and my wife, despite her tendency of being a light sleeper, has entered into a deep sleep pattern.

As for me, it’s my most productive time of day. It’s been that way for decades. I’ll go as far as to say that it’s probably a productive time of day for you if you’re a writer or creative arts is your passion.

Think about it. Unless you’re working a job that requires your productivity at that time of night, what person in his or her right mind will be up with a pen or notepad, or pecking away on a computer keyboard? But there is something universally magical about that time of day. All of a sudden, thoughts and ideas begin to make better sense. The words seem to flow better. That creative concept all of a sudden seems clearer.

For years, I merely made light of one of my most notable achievements in my former profession as a newspaper reporter coming from a burst of creative energy that I experienced about 2:30 a.m. The story that I turned in later that day was a rough draft. It went over so well that there were virtually no revisions. That same rough draft actually earned me top national honors for best news story in my newspaper circulation category.

The first time I really shared this experience among other book authors was while I hosted my former talk show, in 2009. My featured guest that night was singer/songwriter Brenda Russell, whose work has been covered by other artists: “Get Here” by Oleta Adams, “Please Pardon Me (You’re A Friend of Mine)” by Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn, and “If Only for One Night” by Luther Vandross are just a few that went on to become mega hits.

Ms. Russell understood exactly where I was coming from once I mentioned the inexplicable magic that seems to occur during that timeframe.

A good time to write, she said. Often, it’s the first thing that we write is a strong idea.

Since then, I’ve come in contact with other authors who seem to thrive during those early morning hours. They also attribute it to being a time of the day when they’re best able to concentrate on their craft and summon much of their creative energy.

I suppose only time will allow me to conclude if any of the work I’ve now done as an editor, author, or publisher might result in some major critical acclaim or a noted best-seller. Meanwhile, I continue to peck away on my keyboard in the relative solitude in my house: it’s also the only time that my wife and daughter aren’t interrupting me.

S.B. Redd is the publisher and creative coordinator at MavLit Publishing. He is also an editor, published author, and an award-winning former print journalist. Visit his websites at http://www.mavlitpublishing.blogspot.com or http://www.maverick-books.com

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Writing Tip of the Week 17

 If you are having a bad day with your writing, the words won’t come and every page is painstakingly hard, it’s very easy to be tempted  to discard your work, but resist that compulsion and simply put your writing away for another day. On a bad day, your perception of the standard may well be tainted and you will be particularly hard on yourself.

On another day when reviewing that material, you may be pleasantly surprised by how good your work actually is. Plus, as you had a reason for writing that material previously why not make use of the content? Re-write it, edit it or  simply use snippets from it, and see how you feel on a day when the creative process is flying. Remember- no writing is ever wasted.

Writing Tip of the Week 16

Want to know how to capitalise on your hobbies and interests? It’s simple. Choose the subject that you know most about or are most interested in and create a long list covering every aspect of your chosen subject. From this you will be able to see just how much knowledge you have and what information you could write about.

Having passion for a subject means that you can share this knowledge with other like-minded people. To some, you will be an expert simply through your experiences. As long as you have researched and double-checked your information before writing and submitting for publication, you could find that you have carved out an exciting little niche for yourself.

Four Creative Writing Exercises You Can Start Right Now

By Mark H Peterson

1. Read every day.

This is popular advice for beginners, simply because it really helps. You should aim to read everything you come across. It doesn’t matter how obscure or how out of your usual genre it is – read it! Every single piece of writing is an opportunity to learn something. You will be exposing yourself to new methods, new styles and new vocabulary.

The modern age has provided us with a never-ending stream of reading material. It’s important that you never limit yourself to one category, and it would be stupid to do so with so much out there. There are blogs, journals, scripts, poems… Read wide and read plenty.

2. Write every day.

So now you’re reading every day, absorbing new information and gathering ideas. Great! We aren’t done yet though. Obviously, the best way to get better at something is to practise. Writing is a skill, and just like any other, it needs to be trained.

Establish a regime or pattern for yourself and stick to it. If you want to be a good writer then you need to be in the habit of doing it every single day. Even if it’s only 10 minutes per day to begin with, just do it.

3. Stop censoring yourself.

Even the best writers will tell you that the first draft always sucks. You must learn not to be so critical of what you’re writing just yet. Write first, edit later. It’s way too easy to hate your own work or become disheartened early on and give up. DON’T. You’re writing and this is an awesome thing!

Remember, you have nothing to gain from not writing. Transferring an idea from mind to paper is never easy, yet the process of vocalizing your thoughts is invaluable in creating concrete, solid writing.

4. Carry a notebook.

Give yourself as many opportunities to write as possible. I often hear the complaint “I don’t have time to write”. Nonsense! You love doing it right? You will find the time. Think about the percentage of your day spent waiting for something or someone… the kettle to boil, the bus to turn up, the computer to turn on. Well, there’s your time. Get out that notepad and get writing.

This isn’t the only thing going for it and I’m certain you’ll be surprised at how useful a notebook is. I find it invaluable simply for catching those fleeting ideas and phrases that pop into my head at the most inopportune moments throughout the day (and often night). I would hate myself if I didn’t have a notebook on hand to furiously scribble them down before they retreat into some dark corner of my mind.

In essence it’s very easy to summarize this article: Read wide, write plenty. These are the basics to getting better at writing. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Writing can be a very daunting task for the beginner, which is why I’ve created an entire website dedicated to posting the best   creative writing exercises and prompts. If you liked this article, I’m sure you’ll love it, so please stop by at: http://creativewritingexercises.org and let me know what you think.

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Writing Tip of the Week 14

Hoping to have some quality writing time on your next day off? Excited by the prospect of hours of creativity? Don’t waste a minute. Have your plans in place and a mass of writing topics, projects and stimulus ready just in case your creative spirit begins to flag. This could be photos for inspiration, first lines of published books or even a series of What If’s. You could even use any writing competition to give you inspiration whether you plan to submit or not. Providing you are well prepared, you will be able to enjoy the creative process and feel satisfied that you have made the most of your writing time.

The Secret Behind Keeping A Secret

By Rosemary Sneeringer

When you have an idea for a book or story, a big juicy hit that you can’t get out of your head that makes you jaunty and happy when you think of it, you know you have a good thing going. So why spoil it? Keep it to yourself.
There are a number of reasons why you should keep your ideas and your writing close to the vest. When you spill the beans, you have opened your idea up to various interpretations. Up until then it was clean, unsullied and pure, and it was yours alone. When you tell someone else your idea, it’s not your precious private idea anymore. And no matter how much you are protecting the integrity of the idea in your head, their comments will always be in your head now too.
It’s a good idea to incubate your idea alone, and get started writing on it before you tell anyone.
There are some exceptions to this concept. When you’re in a writing class and sharing your writing, this can be a great help, as long as it is a supportive class. You also want to be sure you tune in to your inner compass and only take the suggestions that resonate with you. Your idea should be developed enough to withstand criticism, unless you are just throwing out ideas and not too attached to them.
One thing that often happens is that people try to connect the dots to something they’ve read or seen that sounds even vaguely familiar to what you’re attempting. The funny thing about writing is that the same theme or concept can be the root of a somber and gut-wrenching tragedy or a rollicking comedy, so it’s important to honor what you’re writing as a work that is completely original.
There are so many influences from our culture and thousands of stories we’ve seen in our lives from television episodes alone. So when someone does play with the genre in an inventive way, it’s a shame to close down and conform to convention.
At times, however, you may be deluded and have an idea that’s just not going to work or be marketable. In that case, it’s good to know before you invest too much time in it that it’s a waste of time. Fortunately, this mostly applies to non-fiction, where it’s prudent to do your homework in advance anyway. In fiction, it’s a big, creative world out there, and when invention connects with an audience, it can connect in a big, big way.

Rosemary Sneeringer is The Book Nurturer. An experienced editor, she specializes in helping writers access their inner author to complete their novels, memoirs and books and to grow their businesses. Go to http://www.thebooknurturer.com for more information. Sign up for my FREE newsletter & receive the FREE downloadable meditation “Envisioning Your Book.”
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Writing Tip of the Week 11

If you wish to be a productive and successful writer, don’t just start writing the moment an idea pops into your mind, let the idea germinate for a while first. Daily household chores can be a bore but if you let your imagination run riot during those times, play with your initial idea and tease it into growth, you will be maximising your creativity plus creating a more solid storyline as a result.

Writing Tip of the Week 7

Music has a way to inspire and it has the power to stimulate the creative mind. Next time you are struggling to write with deep emotion, play any songs that evoke an emotional response and watch how the words begin to flow afterwards.

Writing Tip of the Week 6

Timed Writing

If you struggle to fit writing into your busy schedule, don’t let all that creativity go to waste, plan some ‘timed writing’ into a spare  ten minute window in your day and write profusely for the full ten minutes.

You can give yourself a set theme to write about or use your surroundings for inspiration. The objective is to just write freely for the designated time period and keep the creative process oiled.

Writing Tip of the Week 4

‘Points of View’ can be difficult for a writer, but quite simply, it is about looking through someone else’s eyes and capturing their thoughts, feelings, dialogue and expressing this to the reader but here is a quick project to help you out:

Think of an argument or disagreement that you will have had with someone close to you, recall how you felt at that time. Write down the article but from your own point of view, this should not be too difficult because your own emotions were involved.

Once you have finished this, write the same argument but from the other person’s point of view so that you try to capture how they would have been feeling. Try to understand their frustration at getting their point across to you. You can use dialogue and descriptive writing, but make the words flow naturally.

Writing – It Can Seriously Take Over Your Life

If like me, you are passionate about your writing and you think about it constantly, your brain can be on constant buzz alert and as a result, it can be hard to switch that level of creativity off.

I have heard some people say that writing should not consume too big a part of your life but how can it not when you  have trained your brain to recognise creative opportunities as they occur? My brain literally digests snippets of conversations that can be used to improve dialogue, it absorbs events as they occur around me and if I start people watching, I get an influx of possibilities through body language, movement and facial expressions. As fiction echoes life, I get masses of ideas on a daily basis and ok, sometimes too many for me to be able to focus on.

I personally think that if writing forms an integral part of your own make-up, then why fight it? For example, I am going to visit family in France in about three weeks time and although I am going with a friend, I have warned her that I will be taking my laptop with me (she did pull a face but knows me so well that it was pretty much a given)and I know that I will have to do some writing over there as I can’t imagine not doing any for a week. Think of the withdrawal symptoms! I love fiction but lately have had to spend a large amount of time writing articles but know equally that there will be so many potential non-fiction ideas whilst over there and who knows, I may even do some travel writing as a result.

Whilst writing may seem like some sort of addiction to the non-creative, it brings an innate feeling of relaxation too and a way of escaping the sometimes doom and gloom of reality even for a little while and writing generates so many opportunities to stretch yourself in new creative areas. What other profession offers so much variety?  I could be writing a travel article in the morning whilst sat admiring stunning views of the Pyrenees, dream up ideas for short stories whilst sipping coffee in a cafe at lunch time and may curl up in the evening whilst planning my next ebook –aided by a large glass of wine of course.

I love the fluidity of the writing life and if writing has taken over my life, I say, bring it on.

What about you?