Tuesday, March 17, 2009

5 Tips for Creative Writing

5 Tips for Creative Writing
By Kelly Kilpatrick
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Creative writing is writing that expresses the writer’s thoughts and feelings in an imaginative, often unique, and poetic way. It could be fiction, poetry, biographies and non-fiction. Creative writing can often be very challenging but it can also be a lot of fun and the sense of satisfaction that arises from a finished piece is indescribable. Here are some tips for creative writing.

1) Always carry a small notepad and pen. It often happens that the most creative of ideas pop up at the most unexpected of times. You may be making yourself a cup of tea, or you maybe changing your baby’s diaper or you may be in the midst of watching a sitcom. It would do you good to note down that idea immediately on your notepad so that you don’t forget it and you can bring it up for future reference.

2) Write at that time of the day when you are most creative. For most writers, this is the first thing in the morning when the mind is calm and relaxed, before the demands of the day jostle for attention. For a few others their creativity is best late at night when regular chores are done and the rest of the family has gone to bed. Many writers feel that following the uncluttered mind in the early morning and writing down whatever one feels like then, inspires a lot of creative thinking.

3) Find a workplace that fosters creative thinking. It is important that the place in which you work is quiet and peaceful where nothing or no one disturbs you. But you must remember that the ‘same place-same time’ routine may not be the best way to come up with creative ideas. Also typing away at the computer or the typewriter may get very boring and monotonous. So an occasional change in place like a bench at the local park or the sands of a beach maybe needed to spark some creativity.

4) Increase your personal reading of newspapers, magazines, books (fiction and non-fiction) and newsletters. Reading helps you to learn new thoughts and ideas, and increases your learning experience. You feel that much more learned and confident to be able to present your own thoughts in a creative and original manner. Reading also helps in that it exposes you to various topics and styles of writing and thus helps you develop a style of your own.

5) Take time for hobbies and doing things you love to do. Doing those activities that are close to our heart can make your imagination soar wildly. Taking a break from regular routine to do things like gardening, walking, bike-riding, flying to a holiday resort etc. can keep your mind calm, anxiety-free and more open to new and creative ideas.

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