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Writing ideasFrustrating isn’t it? You finally found the time to write but now, there’s a block on fresh new ideas. You sit there, you stare at the screen, you type a couple of words and you frown a lot. You can be forgiven for thinking that creative writing is not a whole lot of fun at this point but, although this happens to all writers, the trick to success is to make sure you store up some exciting ideas ready for these frustrating times. 

Have a book dedicated to your creative ideas and wade through them when your creative impulses are low. Equally, plan any writing time the night before.

When I am writing fiction, I often stop at an exciting point (even though I am keen to continue) and this helps me to fire up my imagination the next day. All of these suggestions can work well for you and will at least trigger off the desire to write. Then you just simply have to keep working through the blockage until your creativity wriggles free and you are in ‘the zone’. 

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Rage in creative writing

Using anger in fiction is a seriously great way to engage the reader and to help progress the story-line as long as you do it right. You can’t just write a passage where the characters seem to be angry and hope that you have conveyed the emotion, you have to feel the anger to be able to do so. Cast your mind back to a time when you felt sheer rage, so much so that you felt the pressure was a tangible part of your being and you thought you might explode if you didn’t get that angst out. This is exactly how you need to feel to be able to write it. I am not suggesting that you wait until your next bout of anger, but you can recall the memories easily enough and it’s that experience that you are after. Try it and see. You’ll have your story and characters come to life far more quickly. 

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Time

Be protective of your writing space and time. You may have limited time in which to write anyway so when the opportunity arises, guard it carefully. It’s more precious than gold.If you are just starting out, you may feel a little reluctant to tell people that you are writing and need peace and quiet, but start as you mean to go on.

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How real are your characters to you? To be able to bring characters to life so that the reader connects with them on a deep level, you must believe in your creations and, more than that, care about them. You can test out your connection to any characters by trying to write them out of your novel, feel the pain of their demise, feel sadness as you write those last words and, feel the weight of responsibility on your shoulders. If you don’t feel deeply connected to your characters, you will not be able to breathe life into them in the first place. 

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It’s easy to let self-doubts overwhelm you when you first start learning the craft of writing. Stay true to your goals and remember that to write well, you must create the foundations of learning and build upon these while you shape and form your style. Remember – it doesn’t matter how good you are at the start, it’s the end goal that is important.


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Ideas form the foundation of your success so make sure your idea is captivating. It’s hard to create original ideas but dig deep and make sure you find fresh angles and that your approach is original.

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This is so important if you are trying to get your stories published or wish to impress a publisher. Don’t run with the first idea you get but consider all options. Extend and develop your idea as much as possible.

 

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If you struggle to bring a little heart and soul into your writing and are trying to create moving or passionate scenes, then you may find it useful to recall some of your past romantic liaisons and remember how deeply you felt. Capture those feelings in words and bring a little honest integrity to your romantic fictional scenes. You will write with greater conviction and your readers will read with confidence and less distractions.

 

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EditingFor this writing tip, let’s talk about how to use editing to help your progression rather than halting it or hating it. For many writers, editing is a necessary evil but it can help if you consider it the polishing up stage, a way to show the world how vital your words are and therefore, is a positive element rather than a chore.

Many writers become distracted by the red squiggly lines that shout out their errors as they write. Capturing words on paper – even when mistakes are made  – is far better than stopping to fix errors and then losing your creative flow in the process.

Editing can be a useful way to start the creative flow if you find yourself sitting in front of a blank screen, wondering where to start. By editing the story or the last chapter before starting to write, you will find that you pick up the threads of the story much more readily. 

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Writing tipHere’s a quick writing tip – if you write on a part-time basis, you will forever be trying to find the time for your writing and nothing is more frustrating than having a day off so you can indulge your creativity and then the words will not come. The best way to avoid this is to prepare your creative pursuits the night before. Have a list, some opening sentences, some ideas…anything that will fire up your imagination. It’s typical that when we have little time, that’s when the creative inspiration mocks us, but a little organisation, and you can be ready to write the moment you awake and, you’ll be more productive from the word go.

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Creative Writing TipsMany people dream of becoming a writer and it’s understandable. The prospect of becoming a published writer or to make money from the written word is enticing but, let’s not kid ourselves, like everything worthwhile in life, it takes hard work to make creative writing a success story. If you want to be a writer, try to write each day. On those days or times when it’s impossible, think about it. Explore creative possibilities, craft possible new characters, think of plots and twists and throw in a little bit of creative ‘what if’s’ into the scenario. Mull over ideas until they become real to you. This is the difference between someone who is determined to be a writer over someone who imagines it must be nice. Ten minutes of writing each day will make a difference. Double that and you double the creative acceleration and so on. Think like a writer, act like a writer and dream like a writer.

Writing Tip – Go Back So You Can Move Forward

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Annette Young - Authorby Annette  Young

We all need a little help and encouragement sometimes. Even with all of my years of experience writing for myself and for clients, it’s still nice to get some really positive feedback.  A few of my more recent clients did just that, they rated my work and said that they absolutely loved the articles I had provided for them. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way and I have to admit, it’s a good feeling.

But if you haven’t published any work yet or, if you have not started writing for clients, how do you know if your work is good, or, if it is getting better? Well, of course there’s my evaluation service which gives you a comprehensive breakdown of your fiction, articles or book, but here is a writing tip that most of you will be able to utilise even if you have limited experience;

Take a look back at your first pieces of writing and analyse them. I can almost guarantee that you will see a massive improvement if you compare it to your recent writing samples.

I did this a few weeks ago. Having moved house, I had the joyous task of sorting through some boxes that had been stashed away and as I did so, I uncovered my trusted case which holds all of my early writing samples. These date back to the 1980’s and continue into the ’90’s so you can imagine, it’s easy to look back and compare. I spent a few hours taking a trip down memory lane and each piece of writing, now faded and fragile, brought back sharp memories of those times.

Now, I always (modestly) thought I could write and write well but when I look back at those early stories which were submitted to women’s fiction magazines, I can quite see why they were returned to me with a no-thanks. The same with my articles.

Although I didn’t see a drastic improvement at the time, I can now. That’s a great feeling by the way and it confirms your belief in your writing abilities. So, my tried and tested writing tip is to rummage through your old manuscripts and take a long, hard look at your early efforts, now compare them to your recent writing attempts and you will see just how good you are.

What better incentive is there to carry on writing?