Creative Writing is much the same as any discipline – it’s important that you don’t get stuck in one place for too long.
Here are a few tips to enable you to develop your skills as a creative writer:
- Read up on grammar, spelling and punctuation. An excellent place to start is ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ by Lynne Truss. Other books are available.
- Get good at proof reading. The worse thing that could happen is that you get good at correcting your mistakes, so what’s not to like!
- Dispose of unnecessary, superfluous, pointless, surplus, redundant, unneeded, excess, spare, useless, unproductive, undue, dispensable, unwanted, wasteful adjectives and adverbs. These are words that describe something. Instead of describing stuff, show your reader what it looks like by painting a picture of it in a corner of their mind – and make it redolent of sunshine.
- Read some good stories. There are endless lists of books that are universally acclaimed as being exemplars of good writing. Ignore all of them – just read stuff that warms your heart and fires your imagination. Trust me – you’ll want to write more if you’re inspired by what you read.
Writing can be an important therapeutic outlet for you as you imagine new worlds and to express your feelings. The better you get at doing this, the richer and healthier your emotions and thoughts will become. Invest in yourself – you know it makes sense.