Creative writing is kind of communication through revelation, something like yourself escaping into the open. It is clear that it would take years for a writer’s style or voice to develop. However, hard work and dedication could make it possible to complete it as expected. No matter whether it is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry you are going to write, you should try your efforts to improve your skills. Here are a few tips you could follow in regard to creative writing.
1. Try to read more as you could.
In order to learn how to deal with creative writing, you should read as much as possible you could find, even if it is a book that you don’t really like, but you should figure out the reason why it could arouse your particular interests, for example, you would find it that there too many digressions or its characters are thin. By doing so, you could learn more from a poorly executed piece of writing rather than a good one. As for the brilliant books, you should take notes to know better how a scene is set or tension is built.
2. Take time to write every day.
You should spare at least 20 minutes to write, or set the goal to write 1,000 words or go for completing a sonnet each day. The more you write, the better you would feel with it. If you fail to do so, your skill would become rusty, and then you need more efforts to produce what you have planned in your mind.
3. Ask yourself to do more with timed writing exercises.
As far as fiction writers are concerned, you should set two characters in a scene in which they are having a heated argument while standing in line at a bank. Then, have a man with a gun get into the bank, asking everyone on spot to get down on the ground. After that, you could have the characters react unexpectedly, maybe go on with their argument. As for poets and nonfiction writers, you could try to recall an event from their childhood. It is strongly suggested that you should list as many details as you could remember in two minutes.
4. Avoid clichés in your work.
Clichés would make your writing trite and stereotypical. Therefore, you should cut them off as possible as you could so as to allow your work to stand out. For instance, follow Mark Twain’s step in the clichéd rule, which is to count to a certain number when angry before speaking. As Twain said, when you were angry, count four; when you were very angry, swear.
5. Enjoy yourself in writing.
You should notice that reading the book by J.K. Rowling could help you share her pleasure she received from stringing words together on the page. Even if for an assignment for class, you should try hard to concentrate on one particular aspect you really enjoy and choose the words to express it to a high standard. If you regard creative writing as a chore, it would leave the same effect on your reader. When you finish your writing, you should read it aloud to find out your faults in the process. You should remember not to just tell your story, because too much exposition could bring no good to any piece of writing. If possible, you could try alliteration so as to add more fun to a boring sentence.
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