Ever been lost for words? Ever felt deserted by your muse? Ever had doubts you have any creative writing talent at all? It’s a problem, isn’t it – particularly if you’re aiming to make money from your writing, whether it’s as a copywriter, from writing your own blog, or from other creative writing jobs. Believe it or not, there are some simple things you can do to release the literary genius that’s lurking within (and we all have one, you know!) It’s just a case of finding and releasing the chains that are tying it down.
Check out these 7 strategies to get your creative writing juices flowing.
1. EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY!
It can be frustrating when things don’t seem to ‘fit’ into neat little boxes – when a question can’t be answered – when there’s something you just don’t understand. Quit worrying when things don’t seem to make sense – mystery is one of the great joys of life – ENJOY! And if you can embrace the ‘fuzziness’, the chaos and the mess, you may well find yourself seeing things that others miss. Creativity often springs from ambiguity – from those puzzling, maddening shades of grey!
2. ‘PLAY’ AT WORK
Creativity’s often about breaking rules and taboos, so forget that dualistic ‘work hard and play hard’ way of thinking (where ‘work’ and ‘play’ are two entirely different things). If you’re a creative writer, you need to let your mind off the leash – you need to let your mind play. Remember – in order to be ‘creative’, your writing mind has to have some FUN!!!
3. DON’T EDIT AS YOU WRITE
Editing as you go along is almost guaranteed to suffocate your creative writing talent. When you do this you’re trying to impose logic and order on the beautifully chaotic creation that’s emerging from your imagination – you’re stifling it at birth! JUST WRITE – let it all pour out. Save the editing for later.
4. DON’T WORRY ABOUT FAILING
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – just make sure you learn from them! Think about it – if you’d never fallen over when you were learning to walk, you’d still be crawling on all fours. If you let it, fear of failure can smother your creative potential – you need to have a go, take a chance, try it out….. So what if you take the occasional tumble? Creativity’s all about taking risks – you need to learn to welcome your failures as opportunities to learn and grow. See each ‘failure’ as just one more step on the road – your road to creative writing SUCCESS!
5. HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF
Don’t underestimate the power of your subconscious mind. There’s a Buddhist saying that’s often given me pause for thought…..“You are what you think”.If you constantly tell yourself things like ‘I’m not that great a writer’…..‘I’m just not very creative’…..‘I don’t have much of an imagination’ – these things will become self-fulfilling prophecies. Everyone has some innate creative talent – it’s just a case of discovering how to release it. Believing it’s there – having faith in your own ability – is half the battle.
6. DON’T BE DISHEARTENED BY DISPARAGING CRITICS
Don’t be discouraged if other people express doubts about your creative ability. Some of the most creative people on the planet, including Albert Einstein and Steven Spielberg, did badly at school. Woody Allen flunked motion picture production AND English at New York University. Other people’s opinions are just that – theiropinions – so take them with a pinch of salt!
7. AVOID INFORMATION OVERLOAD
There’s enough information on the web, on just about any subject under the sun, to sink a few battleships. You will NEVER take it all in! So stop thinking you’ve got to read and absorb every item of news, every single article about a subject before you put pen to paper. You don’t need to know it all – you just need to know enough. There comes a time when you need to stop researching and start writing.
If you want to succeed at creative writingyou must overcome the barriers that stifle your imagination and vision – the simple tips in this infographic are a great way to start……