Creative writing basics and top tips… It is not enough for anyone to write a few paragraphs to call themselves a creative writer. There is a difference between writing and creative writing. In the latter, the writer shows his mind full of bright ideas and his linguistic score with sober terms, so he is distinguished and his star shines.
Creative writing basics and top tips
What is creative writing?
Creative writing exists in anything who’s purpose is to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than conveying abstract information. In this article, I will focus on creative fiction (primarily short stories and novels), but poetry, biographies, and non-fiction are all other forms of creative writing. Dunk two definitions that explain the concept of creative writing:
- Writing is a form of personal freedom. It liberates us from the collective identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will not write to be outlaw heroes, but primarily to protect themselves, to remain individuals.” – Novelist Don DeLillo
- Writing in any genre is daunting, but the reward for the work is that you’ll feel good after you’ve finished each piece. Creativity can be difficult sometimes, but you will feel a lot of fun.
How do you start?
- Many people think that just because they have read a lot of stories—and even if they haven’t—that they should be able to write a story. But as Nigel Watts puts it: “There is a common belief that because most of us are literate and fluent, there is no need for training if we want to be successful soft-spoken people. That’s what I thought until I tried to write my first novel. I soon learned that a novel, like a piece of furniture, has its own set of requirements, and building codes to learn. Just because I read a lot of novels doesn’t mean I can write one, and with chairs, I can’t make a chair because I’ve sat on a lot of them.” — Nigel Watts, author of Teach Yourself Writing a Novel.
By all means, if you’re excited, just go ahead and try; But don’t be too disappointed if your first effort isn’t as good as you’d hoped. To extend Nigel’s metaphor, you may find that these early attempts have irregular legs and unstable sitting. There are many great books out there that aim to create new fiction writers, and I highly recommend you to buy or borrow one of these books [I don’t know if they are translated into Arabic]:
- “Wannabe a Writer Want to be a writer?” – Jane Wenham Jones.
- “Teach Yourself Writing a Novel” – Nigel Watts.
- “How to Write a Fiction” – Robert Graham.
- On Writing – Stephen King.
I also recommend that you go in small steps. Instead of starting with an epic fantasy trilogy, a long family story spanning five generations, or an entire adventure series… try starting with a short story or poem.
And if you end up licking your pen and staring at a piece of paper, or staring at a blank screen for hours, try encouraging your writing with a short exercise. Don’t stop thinking too much, and just start, without worrying about the quality of the work you produce.
Tips and tricks for beginners:
- Do some short exercises to strengthen your writing muscles: Many new creative writers find that washing pots or weeding in the garden suddenly seems attractive, compared to the effort it takes to sit down and put words on the page. Force yourself to get over those early doubts, and it really gets easier. Try to make a daily habit of writing a part of your routine, even if it’s for ten minutes.
- If you’re stuck with ideas, carry a notebook everywhere you go and take notes: you’ll get some great lines of dialogue when you keep your ears open on the bus or in a coffee shop, and you might recognize an unusual phrase when you see or smell something.
- Work While Your Creativity Is At Its Limit: For many writers, this is the first thing they do in the morning, before all the day’s distracting demands. Others write well late at night after the rest of the family has gone to bed. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
- Don’t overburden yourself with getting the work done right: all writers need to review and edit their work, and it’s rare for a story, scene, or even sentence to come out perfect the first time. Once you’ve finished the initial draft, leave the piece for a few days, then come back to it fresh, with a red pen in your hand. If you know there are problems with your story but you can’t pinpoint them with high accuracy, ask a fellow writer to read it and send you feedback.
- Enjoy! Sometimes, we writers can put an end to those feelings we have about our writing being a chore, or that something “should” be done, or something that we should procrastinate on for as long as possible. If your story timeline seems savagely grandiose, or your characters bring you to tears and you’re convinced that a five-year-old with crayons can write better prose…Take a break then. Start a brand new project, something just for fun. Write a poem or short story of 60 words. Just completing a finished little piece can help if you’ve been immersed in a longer story.
Authors’ websites and blogs:
I read articles on a lot of websites and blogs written by authors, and that gave me real—sometimes harsh—ideas for writing professionally. Personal blogs are more subjective than others, and the writer interacts with readers better, so I advise you to read them.
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