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Quick Creative Writing Tips for a Beginner...

Updated on April 17, 2012

Creativity doesn’t just belong to a chosen few. It belongs to (and is inherent) in all of us. Everyone is creative by default. And that includes you. (yeah, you!)

If you're new to creative writing, here are some useful tips:

1) Words/ideas can come from anywhere at any time - so walk with a notebook or hand-held recorder. Keep it close to you, even next to your bed!

2) Getting an idea doesn’t mean you have to write about it there and then - you might not feel like writing at the time and that’s ok, it really is - but in any case, do jot your ideas down.

3) Don’t expect to write everything in one day or in one sitting – sometimes, it takes time. Be patient. Let your idea simmer. Let the story happen. Give it the time it needs.

4) On the other hand, you might write something - a poem, a story - in 5 minutes flat or in an hour and feel that it’s complete. That can happen too. As long as you’re happy with it, then that’s fine. The point is: be open to the creative process - how and when it happens - it’s a very interesting phenomena this creativity thingamajig!

5) If you get stuck on something and feel yourself getting frustrated, walk away from it for a while. Do something else. Go for a walk, make a call, grab a chocolate, coffee, mint tea or something; then go back to it today, tomorrow, in a couple of weeks/months - it’s up to you.

6) Don't throw anything away. Any ideas, a word or two, one-liners, paragraphs you don’t feel you need or feel aren’t good enough can sometimes be unrealised diamonds and can prove to be very essential in the future. Keep them all as you never really know when you might need them. I keep all my ideas in a box. Some are writing-related; some aren't, but they all take pride and place in my special box. I might never explore some of them, but I know they're there.

7) Your voice matters.

8) Your voice matters. (the repetition is deliberate to make a point)

9) Use Google to look for writing forums to join; some can be really supportive.

10) Don't forget to have fun! It should be fun getting to know a new expressive part of you.

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Don't sweat it.

Try something else.

There are so many other creative things you could get into; the world really is your oyster.

Here's to self expression!

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  • Mizz Eb. profile image

    Mizz Eb. 8 years ago from UK

    Hi Shibashake,

    You found what works for you. Very important. Congrats!

  • shibashake profile image

    shibashake 9 years ago

    Very good advice. Recently, I have become more Zen about writing. I used to try and set a schedule - "at least 2 articles per week". That didn't work out too well. Seemed too much like work and *that* really took the enjoyment out of the whole thing.