12 Creative Writing Tips for a First Time Writer

Creative writing is a form of writing involving the creation of ideas. It can be creative nonfiction, fiction writing or poetry writing. The main aim of creative writing is to express something freely without any hindrances. These expressions can be emotions, feelings or thoughts.

The goal of creative writing is to educates, entertains, expresses thoughts and also creates awareness. When you are writing, you ought to understand that creative writing takes two distinct forms:

- Bad and good creative writing
- Effective and ineffective creative writing

When you start writing, ensure that you use the correct type of creative writing. Failure to that, the purpose and impression that you were intending to create and send out to your readers might not be projected, and this implies that you’ll be unable to achieve your goals.

The list below is some tips on how to improve your creative writing skills,

1. Relax your writing muscles first
Before you get started, try and compile your ideas and every necessary information that you may need to include in the article. Compiling your ideas is way more significant than just sitting down and putting words on the script.

Once you have included all the information, try and practice writing down the ideas. This should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. This will significantly assist you prior to the actual writing.

2. Be a good researcher
For you to be a good writer, you need to read extensively. Reading extensively helps you enrich your writing skills. When reading all those books don’t forget to have your own storyline. Don’t get lost in some other books idea that you read. Instead, filter out the necessary knowledge to assist you to craft your own story.

3. Always carry your notebook
In some instances, you may fall short of writing ideas. Carrying a notebook will help you note down crucial points as you get through your day to day routine activities. Always keep all your senses active and alert. You may hear, see, or smell something that you can turn into an idea

4. Don’t struggle too much
Don’t trouble yourself to make everything sound right for the first time. Just finish the rough draft then give it a break. After some time come back to go through the article and start making changes slowly where necessary. You can also hand the article to your fellow writer or friend to go through it and help you make some more changes.

5. Check for all loopholes in your story plot
Planning and compiling a list of all the ideas you want on a specific page will help you prevent the occurrence of all gaping holes. Carefully outline your storyline, read and see if everything is adding up. If you realize there are gaps in your story, don’t feel demoralized because they don’t occur intentionally. Also, not everything goes right for the first time.

6. Review the role of all your characters
As a fiction writer, you must understand why a certain character is taking a specific role and not the other. Get to understand if what a certain character did on page 1 will also be able to do on the last page. Simply understand all your characters properly.

7. Avoid using a dead language
Dead language means the use of words or phrases that suppresses normal human understanding. You have to understand your reader well. For example, if you are addressing kids you have to use proper words that they will appreciate because failure to that then your intended message will not be received as expected.

Dead language doesn’t allow a free flow exchange of ideas.

Avoid mixing stories and bring out that one story that matters. Interchanging and mixing of ideas contribute to the usage of dead language.

8. Avoid overwriting
Overwriting is normal with most writers. You notice you are overwriting when you have a certain idea you want to deliver, but you can’t figure out how. You end up writing too many words which dilute the actual concept, lowering the intensity of the article.

Most readers find it boring to read diluted ideas.

The solution to this is to lay down all the ideas of what will happen in a certain scene as a draft. This will help you create a rhythm in your mind that will guide you when writing. This way the reader will hear, know, see and understand what needs to be captured.

9. Use existent imagery in abstract themes
When writing poems, let the words that you use come at a price, let them not be cheap. Let the words have a deeper meaning. Such words should not be counterfeited.

Examples of these words include freedom, justice, etc.

Many authors suggest that if you are looking for a theme to use in your writing, opt for historical themes, they are best because they have concrete information and all you have to do is research, create characters and start describing them.

10. Don’t overlook the end of the story
As a writer, don’t race to reach the finishing line. Be patient. Let everything fall into place smoothly. Let each idea fit automatically. Instead of worrying whether the story will be catchy or interesting, focus on the workload that is in hand.

If you find yourself worrying too much, then you stand to mess the whole story at some point. Just relax and write page by page with breaks in between. This way you’ll maintain the flow, consistency and the quality of the story.

11. Pay attention to editing
As a fictional writer, you must learn how to edit your work first even if you are working with a professional editor. You are the primary solution to all the errors in the article so you need to handle all narrative and stylistic errors in the article before you hand the article to the editor. Check to see;

- If changes amidst the paragraphs are okay
- If the draft is an organized manner
- If all information written in the draft makes sense

Editing is carried out on various levels.

- Content: Under content, you edit and ensure all information and ideas are well written and accurate. You also check for consistency and if the flow of the material is smooth.

- Observe the entire structure: Check if the introduction and conclusion are appropriately used. Also, ensure all your paragraphs are well organized.

- Paragraph structure: Ensure all relevant information and ideas are well brought out in each paragraph.

- Intelligibility: Confirm that all crucial points are clear, the reader should not struggle too much to understand your content. Carefully go through reading sentence by sentence to check is all the points make sense.

- Style: This involves reading and searching for any minor errors made such as gendered language. Each gender should be brought out clearly, it’s either feminine or masculine. Also, check if you have used the right tone. The tone can either be persuasive, formal or informal.

12. Nail your proofreading
This is the final stage that you carry of the editing process. At this stage, you look for any grammatical errors, punctuation, and misspellings. It’s not advisable to proofread your work if all the other editing processes are incomplete.

Proofreading is important because it helps you wipe all minor errors that can end up changing the impression you wanted delivering to your readers. Ensure that all important phrases or words that need the attention of the reader are well brought out.

Devote plenty of time to proofread your work. This will it help you note all glaring mistakes in the article. Don’t proofread your work when you are tired or worked out after writing a lengthy article. Take a break because failure to that, you’ll miss out on the obvious errors in the article.

Do you think these creative writing tips are useful?

- Hamand, Maggie. Creative writing for dummies. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

- Clark, Roy Peter. Writing tools: 50 essential strategies for every writer. Hachette UK, 2008.

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