Creative Writing Tips
Writing is a delicate balance between conforming to pre-established rules and tropes, and unleashing as much of your creativity as you can muster. Both elements demand meticulous attention and unthinkable hours pushing a pen or drumming on a keyboard.
Writing is a craft like no other
For much of this time, your writing will be, in all likeliness, pretty awful.
First things first, though; you'll have to pick your poison.
Are you drawn to brief, self-contained narratives? Try your hand at a short story or flash fiction piece.
Always wanted to write something for the silver screen? Maybe screenwriting is your thing.
What about creating a whole world through detailed, long-form writing - a world that is entirely of your own making? You should get started on planning out your first novel.
There's also poetry, stage plays, creative non-fiction, radio drama, comics and graphic novels, children's fiction, and more.
This can all seem rather daunting, especially if you don't have a very clear idea of the direction you'd like to go with your writing. The good news is that there has never been a better time to be a writer; gone are the days of tedious typewriters, gatekeeping publishers, and saturated markets.
Okay, that last one was a lie.
The truth is, with the craft being more accessible than ever, the competition has never been more fierce.
But don't look at this as such a bad thing. Creative people are inherently competitive and insecure - a combination which, if utilised properly, can fuel your ambitions and sharpen your drive. It's good to be hungry.
Speaking of accessibility, if you have any desire to be a writer today, then you've really got no excuse.
Self-publishing has reached a golden age, despite the many detractors who have previously claimed that it would never stick. A big platform is Amazon Kindle, where literally anyone can easily publish their book in digital format and even launch a marketing campaign themselves. Beyond that, your work will speak for itself.
Screenwriters have a multitude of free software which will format their scripts to industry standard - though, beyond the basics, it's down to you to create something original and effective. There's also no shortage of competitions and anthologies being posted online and in magazines; giving poets and prose writers plenty of opportunity to gain exposure and experience.
Focus is key.
By no means do you have to only stick to one form; many writers like to indulge in multiple genres. But being focussed is key. Dedicate yourself to whatever it is you've chosen to do, read widely and often, and be sure to grow thick skin. Failure and rejection isn't just to be expected - it's inevitable.
If you feel like you're starting to lose your mind along the way - well, good. It's all part of the process.
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