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Dream of Writing, The Creative Writing Muse
I have spent years trying to figure out how to write creatively. One day I just gave up and started writing. The key for me that I have found is to sit my butt in the chair and just write what ever come into my mind. I and others call this free writing, I remembered that I used to do this in my English class in high school. When I do this many creative things pop into my head and I use those creative ideas to start a story. I keep a free writing journal with me every where I go so that if I am sitting in the doctors office, or just waiting somewhere I can write. Many times I will see interesting people, I will write a description of them and use some of that in my writing. Have you ever really watched people? Sometimes I will sit and look, and just watch, them I will make up a story about them. This is good practice for getting creative. Often I will start with a what if? For example, What if that guy over there is a spy? What if he is really an alien? Maybe he traveled though time? Or I might start with something simple like, what if his wife just died, or maybe she left him for another? How would he handle that? What if she just murdered someone? How would that play out, was it someone that hurt her, someone she didn't even know? The "what if's" go on for as long as our creative minds will go.
I am always trying to push my boundaries. That is what writers want to do, push the boundaries of their life, their world and find out what lies beneath. As writers we are ever curious, about people, their motives, and their lives. We like to escape the reality of daily life by creating stories. I really do not care about making money doing it, I love the what if, and I love sharing it with whoever will join me.
Don't be afraid to open up your mind, don't be afraid to feel silly. There is a world of creativity out there and you are the only one who can tell your story. My best advice is to just start, once you start, if you really love it as much as you think you do, you will be addicted. I find it hard to leave my computer. The more I write the more I want to write, the more I push at the boundaries the more creative I get. The more you write the better you will get at it, open up to your inner child and fly, don't be afraid to do what you love.
Thanks Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt
Creative writing should not be as hard as some of us make it. Do you remember the first creative writing project you completed? I do, I was in grade school and we had just returned from summer break. The teacher asked us to write about our summer and what we did. I loved doing this, and I always looked forward to it. I can remember this happening several times during my grade school years.
Once I reached High School I had a teacher that required us to keep a free writing journal. We could write about the first thing that came into our heads, make up stories or just write about things that happened to us. He would play music for us and we would just sit and write, again I enjoyed this very much.
Free writing in one of the best ways to get yourself started, sometimes in order to get my creative juices flowing I will start with a free writing exercise, and wouldn’t Mr. Clark be proud?
I also believe in keeping two journals, one that is private and just for you, and one that is for your writing. In the writing one, I would keep interesting things that I would like to put in one of my books or stories, things like phrases I want to remember or conversations I have overheard.
Yes, as a writer I have become an ease dropper, this is a great place to get ideas for characters or conversations in your work. Another place that I enjoy getting my creative inspiration is the news, news papers, the internet and television shows. Just take a look around you; there is not a lack of interesting things to write about. The key is to open up your imagination and let it fly.