Some view creative writing as simple, yet difficult simultaneously. Is there a way to make the process more simplified and fine at the same time? Is there a way to improve our writing while we’re at it, too? The answers to each of these questions are absolutely yes.
Here is a list of tips to help boost your creative writing:
- Invest: purchase a couple of tried and true books including The Elements of Style, The Chicago Manual of Style, a dictionary, and a thesaurus. These books are excellent resources that will not only keep you on track, but will also prevent you from making mistakes, being cliché, and making critical errors in your writing.
- Write: this is one of the simplest creative writing tips you can hear. The more you write, the better you can get at the craft. If you’re procrastinating, you’re not writing. If you’re planning to write, you’re not creative writing. The more planning and preparing you do, the less creative writing you’re doing. Therefore, you need to actually write.
- Read: this may seem contradictory to the last tip you just read, but it’s important to read. A good writer actually read more than they actually write. If you want to write about horror, you’re actually going to read everything you can within that genre as often as you can. How else can you know for sure you’re writing well within this niche?
- Blog: when you write about what you want, then you can be more creative about your writing. This allows you to be more passionate about the craft of writing, research about what you want to write about, and become more familiar with your topics. When you keep a blog, this also helps keep you more accountable with regards to scheduling, word counts, and your own personal goals.
- Proofread: no matter what, you have to proofread your work. This includes the work you’re creating on your blog, in your journals, in your notebooks, and in your documents. This will get you in the habit of improving your grammar, style, and voice. You’ll not only improve upon your writing style, but it will help you learn how to quickly self-edit while understanding why an editor is making these corrections.
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