How to Become a Better Creative Writer

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Whether you enjoy writing short stories, novels, or screenplays, creative writing almost always requires a unique approach to writing. Below are a few tips to help you get inspired, organize your thoughts, and create your best writing yet.

Keep Goals Obtainable

Do you have writing goals? Being able to pinpoint what you want to achieve before putting pen to paper is a critical part of the writing process. It’s important to be aware of any submission deadlines associated with what you are writing. No deadline? Create one. By setting an end date, you will be forced to plan out the writing process, giving you a specific time frame.

Make Time

You can have a great timeline; however, not setting aside time to write will ultimately lead to failure. Even if you don’t have a particulate writing assignment, set aside a specific time to write each day. Writing at the same time every day will help establish a routine and process. It will definitely come in handy when faced with a tight deadline.

Don’t Wait to be Inspired

Inspiration is not normally found within the four walls of your office. Get outside and get inspired by looking for it. Notice the things around you, keeping an eye and ear out for words, phrases, or images that can inspire. Inspiration can be anywhere. Take a bus around town, read a newspaper, visit your local library, or sit in a park and people watch. Inspiration is everywhere, and it’s waiting for you out in the world.

Keep a Journal

Another part of the inspiration process is keeping track of your observations, thoughts, quotes, and other interesting things you encounter. Oftentimes, the accumulation of journal notes will help to generate dialogue, characters, and other creative writing elements. Journal writing also offers a neutral space to experiment with different writing techniques.

Know Your Audience

When it comes to writing, knowing who you are writing for is crucial to the success of your piece. Remember that you are writing for others, not for yourself. Take the time to understand where your piece will appear and get to know the audience who will read it. For example, screenwriting is different than poetry writing, and each will have a particular audience. Understanding how your reader will best respond to the text will help you craft a piece that is as unique as your audience.

Robert Gillings is an award winning writer, producer, actor architectural designer, philosopher and financial consultant.

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