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Finding Ways to Make Your Creative Writing Skills Even Better

Updated on October 30, 2011
read your own content and critique it
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Creative writing is a skill that should be perpetually improved. Each time you write you will get better. Each month you write you will create improved content, titles and the output of what you have created will make you more confident in your skills as a writer overall. There are several ways to achieve this.

Better writers are always better readers. You need to read more in order to write more creatively. Reading includes books, columns, articles and blogs, manuscripts and nearly any form of creative subject matter or material. Better readers make better writers.

Increasing your vocabulary is something everyone that speaks any language should make a priority. The more you express yourself the healthier you can express yourself with an improved vocabulary. There are numerous people with something very meaningful to say or share but are unable to do so with their limited or current vocabulary.

This doesn’t mean you need to add 18 character words that you will never use in writing or speaking each and every day. However, adding new words especially synonyms and homonyms are a wonderful place to start. When writing with Windows Word you do have a thesaurus feature, but there are some things that only the human mind can accomplish and you cannot achieve through technology or a machine. Technology is in place as a means to an ends. Technology should be used to help you deliver your words to an audience and not necessarily to craft the words for a writer.

Do you read what you write? Of course many writers proof read their content but do you read your articles or blogs? Come back to your writing weeks or months later and read them. Try to be an objective reader of your writing. Is there something that could have been done differently or changed? Are the paragraphs in a format that could be changed to flow better for your audience? If so, you are already a better writer. Identifying words or phrases that can work better in the setup or structure of your writing is editing your own work and making it work to your advantage.

Precision similar to a surgeon should be used when writing. Vague language makes your writing harder to understand in addition to exerting unnecessary energy. If you can construct language in a way to say in two sentences what you said in a paragraph, do so. Concise language that forms your image into the mind of a reader is your goal. For example, instead having a character run, have them strut. This gives the reader an insight into what you are trying to convey with the personality of the character or their nature and temperament.

Many writers keep journals. The definition of a journal what you want it to be. However, the basic idea is a place to write down your thoughts and ideas about writing. You can develop characters, storylines or other material for creative writing. You can write in your journal several times a day or several times a week. Whatever makes it work for you is how to get the most out of the experience of keeping a journal.

Some writers keep a journal for writing about their life experiences. You can keep whatever you want inside of your journal. Keeping outlines for stories and projects is something that your journal should hold. You can have a formal journal, a simple notebook or different pieces of paper held together in some form or fashion.

Some writers feel comfortable in a certain niche. Then again, in order to develop and grow as a creative writer you have to keep your mind open to new considerations, notions, concepts and encounters. Writing is a living breathing creature that needs room to expand its wings and sunlight to grow. Magnify your thought processes and multiply your ideas through these effective methods to become a better creative writer.


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    • Earth Angel profile image

      Earth Angel 6 years ago

      Dearest smcopywrite!

      Another Home run of a Hub! GREAT information, clear and concise! Thank you!

      I agree, our skills as writers/authors can always be improved! I am also a watercolorist! As artists we know our craft can always be refined, honed and expanded!

      Unfortunately, too often writers stop far short of their potential! Thank you for encouraging all to improve! Thank you also for setting an example!

      Blessings always, Earth Angel!

      P.S. All my exclamation points are at the request of my God-children! They know it's me and that I am happy and sending them much love!!!!!

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      This is a wonderful article with so much great information. Good writers love to tell a good story and like you said also love to read, read and read more.

      Thank you for sharing all the wonderful ideas.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great advice, and your own work after some time has passed, so you can see it as others do and adjust accordingly.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      A very useful article with excellent advices! And I do agree, it takes a reader to be a writer and it takes a lot of practice to improve. Thanks for those great tips!


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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi smcopywrite, thanks for all the information and advice to help improve our writing skills .

      Useful and vote up !!!

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      This was a most valuable and well written article. I agree totally with the review of one's work "several" times after publication. I was recently horrified that I caught myself in an incorrect date (and then fixed) in the year of a beloved pet's death. I must have read that article a dozen times before and still just caught it.

      I also love the idea of using more visual words and find this comes easier with more opportunity for practice.

      Thank you-- Voted UP & UA-- have a good day, mar.

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      Tammy 6 years ago from USA

      Great and useful tips! I use journaling as a way to write my ideas for stories, thoughts about the things I experienced that day, or just random babbling, anything to keep the flow of writing going. I am horrible about remembering to re-read my writing for improvement. That is something I will have to work on.

      Thanks for these tips-Voted up!

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      Primpo 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      nice, I just joined a writers group yesterday also, I think the constant constructive learning and critisizm will help me on my book.. great hub

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      CountryCityWoman 5 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      This serves as a great pep talk and a reminder of all I am capable of doing. You get bogged down in so much of this low-paying freelance writing that you become robotic.

      I have always been a great reader which has inspired me to be a great writer. But you kind of let bill paying and needing to eat and such get in the way.

      Alas, I can proofread forever and still make mistakes. Sigh!

      Thanks for the hub. Rated up!

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