10 Tips for Creative Writers

For aspiring writers like me who are just figuring their way out in how to get started writing, here is an article that I found quite helpful —  Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers

The article had the following strategies below for long-term writing:

  • Keep a notebook. To R. V. Cassill, notebooks are “incubators,” a place to begin with overheard conversation, expressive phrases, images, ideas, and interpretations on the world around you.
  • Write on a regular, daily basis. Sit down and compose sentences for a couple of hours every day — even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Collect stories from everyone you meet. Keep the amazing, the unusual, the strange, the irrational stories you hear and use them for your own purposes. Study them for the underlying meaning and apply them to your understanding of the human condition.

In the spirit of the second bullet point, I’m inspired to start posting what I call “writing doodles,” which are just that — doodles of writing.  Doodles on a piece of paper don’t necessarily make sense and don’t necessarily have context.  A writing doodle is just doodling in writing form.

I’ve actually started work last night on a new short story and my first writing doodle actually made it into the draft I’m currently working on.

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6 thoughts on “10 Tips for Creative Writers

  1. I like the idea of writing doodles. I’m in school right now and need time to develop my stories. Sometimes a line or a scene will come to me but I don’t have my folder on me! A notebook is a must have.

    I like your approach to characters. I’ve been trying a similar thing where I record conversations of random people in order to get a sense of natural dialogue.

    Great tips.

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