Frustrating 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’.
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.
When writing fiction, just remember that your readers need to engage with your characters so give them one to believe in, to connect with and to cheer on as the character overcomes all of the main obstacles planted skilfully in their path. There must be something likable about the character though, so that the reader wills them on, investing in their development by giving up their 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For 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.
Here’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.
Many 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.
Ideas often come through at the most annoying of times, when falling asleep for example or if out walking or shopping and the chances are that you will have no pen or paper to hand. Don’t miss out on what could be the next best-selling novel idea, why not invest in a Dictaphone or use your mobile phone to record your ideas as they often have a recording function?
Writing successfully is all about grabbing these ideas as and when they occur. Be prepared.
Don’t get left behind with what is hot in the publishing industry. Read the latest best-sellers to see just what publishers’ are interested in right now and plan your writing to tie in with those hot, topical works of fiction. Whilst you should never emulate, if there is a trend brewing, you can be one step ahead of other writers.
Writing can be pretty isolating especially if those around you have no interest in your creative pursuits. Get a writing buddy by joining a local writing group, college class or by setting up an ad on a writing forum. Your buddy doesn’t have to live in the same area but you can inspire each other by email. You can even do joint projects together if your styles compliment each other and this can really spur you on to great things creatively.
Self Promotion is vital if you wish your novel to succeed. Finding a unique angle that can bring your novel before the masses is crucial but not easy. It can help if you develop a strategy using your own strengths and experiences so that you feel comfortable and confident with any angle that you take.
Create a fan page on Facebook, use Twitter profusely and make any other social networking sites work for you. Once you start getting the word out about your novel, this process will really start to become easier. Use the local press to help promote your creative venture, get interviewed, talk loudly and proudly about why people should read your book.
Eventually, people will start to listen.
You can think and plan your writing, create wonderful complex plots and imaginative characters, but there is no substitute for the actual art of writing. You need to write, write, write each and everyday if you wish to become successful.
It’s easy for a writer to become too introverted and staring at the same four walls can be detrimental to the whole creative process. If you start to feel stale then take yourself out for the day and visit somewhere new but don’t switch off your creative thoughts, instead soak up your surroundings like a sponge and recharge your batteries.
Make a mental note of the people that you see, events that occur and absorb the scenery. You can even try creating little fictional plots as you enjoy your day. Any ideas that you get may well come in useful for when back at your desk but most of all you will feel mentally refreshed and ready to start writing again.
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.
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.
How many times has devine inspiration suddenly appeared out of the blue? That perfect idea, the perfect character, a plot that sizzles with so many twists and turns that it takes your breath away? But how typical that you are in the middle of a family dinner or at work,submerged in a sea of paperwork or perhaps your children are asking you to push them harder and higher on the swings.
You may want to commit your idea to memory and believe that you will remember this idea once you are back at home but don’t take that chance. Good ideas can come and go in a flash. It only takes a moments distraction before your memory starts to fade and before you know it, it’s vanished or you are left with a mere shell of a plot.
Why not carry a little notebook with you when you are out? Or if you prefer, invest in a dictaphone. It needn’t take you long to scribble down the essence of your idea but you will be very glad that you did. Remember, that one idea could be the latest best-seller and it could seal your fate as the next great writer.
Ideas are precious. Store yours for when you have time to indulge them.
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.
Ready to start writing your synopsis? Make sure you write it in the present tense and in the third person and tell the WHOLE story, yes, even that wonderful secret ending. This is your one chance to get the publisher interested in seeing your manuscript so make every word count and summarise your book into individual chapters making sure you write no more than a maximum of two pages.
When writing articles, remember to consider your market and to tailor the article towards your audience. This will ensure that you include the information that is most relevant and the reader is more likely to feel satisfied at the end of it.
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.
If you yearn to be a successful novelist, you must find time to read as many books as possible. You can learn so much from a published writer- how they pace the story, how they bring the characters to life, how they make the dialogue flow or build tension for example, take time to analyse and absorb.
When creating fictional characters, it’s a good idea to think about their unique traits before plunging headlong into the story. Writing a profile for each character is really useful, especially if you are writing a novel. If you find yourself getting stuck, take a look at some of your favourite novels and consider just what made those characters so real to you. If you can identify this, you can add to strengthen your own writing.
Any character must feel real to the reader and once you have established how to do this, your story will have greater integrity and impact.
Fancy travel writing? Well you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Many would be travel writing enthusiasts often overlook what is on their own doorstep. Write about what you know and don’t forget to find that unique angle the publishers are always looking for.
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.
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.
A quick way to check when writing dialogue that it flows and feels natural to the reader, is to read it out loud. You will soon hear if it sounds stilted and false.