ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

OK, SO YOU TRY CREATIVE-WRITING FOR A BIT AND FIND IT'S NOT REALLY FOR YOU...

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!


Comments

Submit a Comment

  • Mizz Eb. profile imageAUTHOR

    Mizz Eb. 

    9 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.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)