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6 Tips For Your First Jab At Creative Writing
The world of creative writing is an ever expanding one as stories or genres continue to evolve in a natural reaction to the changes in time. Having confirmed writing skills, however, is not enough to succeed in creative writing. Having passion for it is more important than having technical expertise. Love for creative writing, and not adherence to the grammatical elements, is what will ultimately guide you to doing things properly and successfully.
Donít Stop Reading Ė Itís impossible to become a writer, much less a creative writer, without being a reader first. Discovering your love for writing shouldnít stop you from further devouring reading materials but should instead encourage you to diversify your taste. If you want to become good in creative writing, you need to broaden your horizons. Donít limit yourself to reading one genre because this can only provide you with limited knowledge. If you want to improve, read everything that you can get your hands on.
Donít Stop Learning Ė You can ask Stephen King, Danielle Steele, Dan Brown, and JK Rowling, and all of them will surely tell you that theyíre not perfect writers and will never be. No one can be perfect in any way, and if you allow your writing to stagnate, readers will soon get bored with your work. Of course, before you can continue learning about creative writing, you first have to acknowledge the fact that your writing is definitely imperfect. Get past your ego if you want to be a successful creative writer.
Choosing a Topic Ė Youíve heard countless people tell you that to be a successful writer, you need to write about you know, and thatís true. But more importantly than that, you have to write about something you love or something you hate, just as long as itís a topic that arouses passion in your heart and brings your pen aflame! If you find something that interests you but you donít have adequate knowledge about then research it by all means! Research, research, and research, until you can safely say that youíre writing something you know and love.
Build Your Vocabulary Ė True enough, Ernest Hemingway earned fame by using poignantly Ė but sometimes brutally Ė simple words for narrating events in his stories. But building your vocabulary surely wouldnít hurt, would it? Broadening your vocabulary and discovering its etymology can be one of the ways for you to develop a story idea or an effective way of setting the tone or mood for a particular chapter. But more important than that, building your vocabulary will reduce the instances when you canít just quite say the word you want but itís already in the tip of your tongue.
Donít Let It Get Away Ė If an idea suddenly occurs to you, and it seems excellent for a future story, write it down. If youíre walking down the street and you suddenly think of a good dialogue for your characters, write it down. Donít let anything get away because the human mind is a tricky thing, and it might be impossible for you to recall exactly what occurred to you just three minutes ago. Good story ideas are a dime in a dozen, but great ideas are definitely few, and who knows if what youíve written down will one day become one of the latter?
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