How to Develop Creative Writing Skills the Remarkable Way
Fine. You love your work as it is, but you and I both know that in writing, there is no harm in wanting to improve your craft. I, too, am a writer who cringes every time I’m told to “improve” or “rewrite” my work. I admit it’s not something writers would want to hear every now and then. The thing is, if you want to be like J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, or Maya Angelou, you should be open to improving our creative writing skills.
To develop your skills in creative writing, you must go back to what creative writing really means. Creative writing is distinct from other forms of writing in that it involves a lot of, well, creativity. It’s what I call writing without borders.
Given that you can write anything under the sun, you should put your creative writing skills to good use in writing fiction (novels, short stories, and the like), poetry, movie and television scripts, plays, and songs. With these genres, creativity is the key ingredient. What’s more, creative nonfiction can also be written creatively, as long as it fits your purpose and your audience. Personal essays, speeches, and memoirs, for example, are written in the first person, so it’s a lot more convenient and exciting to write them with a creative twist.
Now you know what creative writing is, it’s time to know how to master the art of creative writing. Developing creative writing skills is an unending process. But where does one start? If you are still in the course of finding your own writing style, trying one or two, or all, of these writing techniques might be the first step in improving your craft: character development, plot development, point of view, underlying theme, vivid setting, dialogue, anecdotes, metaphors, similes, imaginative language, figures of speech, heavy description, and emotional appeal. Once you get to try them all, sooner or later, you’ll discover your strength and build on that premise.
I tell you, it’s hard to find your own writing style, but it’s a lot harder to polish it. There will be challenges that will keep you from improving your work. Writer’s block is no exception. It’s every writer’s enemy, and I tell you, it truly exists. I’m sure you’ve already tackled one where you’ve tried your very best to write but no words came out of your brain. It’s pretty frustrating. It makes you want to doubt your skills and your chosen career path. When not addressed immediately, it will lead to unfinished works and untapped creative writing skills.
To keep going, you should stop. It sounds ironic, but it is how you should fight a writer’s block. Go out, unwind, take your dog out for a walk, accept that long-time dinner date invitation, or go watch your favorite movie or sport. You’ll be surprised the next time you sit on that computer that you’re in the best mood to write again.
Another benefit of downtime is that every time you are immersed in a different environment or a different activity, you are actually taking in new ideas for your writing. It is the fun side of researching. So the next time you go shopping, carry a pen and notepad with you.
To master the craft of creative writing, you need to adopt a writing plan and stick to it no matter what. This is especially crucial to every writer, especially the ones whose deadlines are their shadows. Set a writing schedule when your mind is in its best mood for writing. Make progress every day, that’s what matters.
And this leads us to the next tip: be open-minded, which is a whole lot related to being adaptable. Sometimes, you must stop looking at your work as a masterpiece and look at it critically. To help you with your writing, you can ask for feedback from your peers or friends. Better yet, if you happen to know an editor, you can for an assessment from them. The key to improving creative writing skills is to be open to disapprovals and rewritings. It hurts, but keep in mind that whenever they critique your work, if you know in your heart you are a writer, then you will consider them as stepping stones for improvement.
Another thing you can take advantage of is the vast amount of information that can be accessed in a blink of an eye. As a creative writer, you make use of this huge opportunity. If you’re tired of reading technical articles for writing, go search for your favorite authors’ interviews, know their story and find out how they manage to come out successful in their field. Follow their principles of writing, if you really want to be a successful writer like them.
One other thing to remember is to not forget the mandatory “R” word: read! Read as much as you can. For a writer, this is the least thing you can do to improve your creative writing skills. Sharpen your craft, expand your vocabulary, and make use of the valuable ideas that come to you while reading your favorite book.
Remember, the first few attempts will not be as good as you think. Nevertheless, the most remarkable move that you can do to improve is to start writing now. Have fun while learning how to develop creative writing skills and watch out for writer’s block!
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Study.com. 2017. “What is Creative Writing?—Definition, Types & Examples.” Accessed November 3, 2017. http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-creative-writing-definition-types-examples.html.