As a writer, I can relate on a hundred different levels just how hard it is to write. Some people brush it off and say, “It’s easy, you just write down a bunch of words, make it sound pretty and BAM”. Yeah, no. Everyone’s different, of course, so feel free to change these tips accordingly to your own writing style.
Here are my top tips for creative writing:
Have an actual idea.
This one seems pretty basic, but I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve sat down to write but never actually had an idea in mind. Where do you want to go with the piece of writing? Who is it aimed at? What is the aim of it? Do you want to make people cry? Is it just for you? What style? What feelings do you want to evoke?
Find your motivation.
What is motivating you to write? Is it a passion? Or do you have to write a short story for a subject? If it’s the latter, your motivation is getting that grade. So, shoo. You’ve done Tip number 2. If it’s a passion, what are you writing for? What are you trying to achieve through words?
Realise that something is better than nothing.
Even if you write pages and pages of nonsense, write it. You’ll see that even the best ideas come out of nothing. You never know. Maybe the next best-selling novel comes from a single sentence that you write in that ten-page nonsense story.
Put yourself in the mood.
This could mean anything. Put sad music on to help transport you into a sad scene, or sit by a bench in the park to help you picture everything. You are the writer, and you paint the picture in your reader’s mind. If you can’t even picture it, there is no way your reader can. So, put yourself in the book, before you try to put anyone else in there.
Be open to trying something new.
Sometimes, it’s the least expected thing that turns out to be the best. You might be a pro sci-fi writer and you don’t even know it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And if all else fails? Keep writing.