Starting to write is hard. You sit down excited, about to write the next winner of the Booker prize, and then you just sit staring at the screen. Getting down to writing anything; a novel, poem, creative piece or whatever else can seem a daunting task. There is of course, no golden answer for writing creatively. There are however, a number of ways you can hone your experience as a writer by focusing on a few key aspects. Here are a few to help you sit down and maybe not just stare at the screen.
Find an environment where you feel comfortable spending long periods of time. From a practical side, you need supplies. If you’re a tea drinker, coffee sipper or frequent toilet visitor – find a space that suits you. After a while you’ll begin to find spaces which bring out different creative sides in you. Find that space, make it work for you and dive in.
Does how you feel influence your creative style day-to-day? Probably. Identify times when you feel lower and work with them, allow negative emotions onto the page and turn them into something good. Similarly, when you’re feeling happier take advantage of this too. If you’re having a good writing day then keep going till you run out of words. If you’re having a bad day, you can write about that. Work with your mind, not against it.
Carry a note pad or just keep an eye out and note what you see on your phone. Seen something peculiar on the street? Heard a bizarre bus conversation? WRITE IT DOWN. Once you begin noticing tiny nuances and quirks in the general public, you’ll start to see a bigger picture. Everyone has their own opinions and acts differently. Having a greater understanding of human nature allows you to dive much deeper into your subjects when writing creatively.
AND FINALLY… DON’T DELETE!!
If you find yourself running out of steam and becoming dissatisfied with what you’re writing, leave it. But don’t delete it. What seems like the most disastrous piece of work now can look like the work of genius a few months later with a new perspective. Don’t be afraid to put something down and return later. You can chop it up, splice it into something else, or just leave it as inspiration. There’s no such thing as bad creativity, so keep it all and cherish it.