Writing is fun and exciting when we know how to do it well. When I first started my writing journey, I had all these great ideas, but I could never get them down on paper or on a word document. I was always nervous that I was doing things wrong and couldn’t bring myself to doing what I loved. Today, I’m going to give you a few pointers on how to not only be confident in your creative writing but to also be successful in it as well. This pertains to copywriting, blog writing, fictional writing, and more. All writing is creative, and we need to use our creative energies rewardingly so I will be discussing six tips on what you should do to enhance your writing abilities to help with making a successful you!
One of the biggest tools to becoming a successful writer is to be an avid reader. It would be awful hard to write creatively if you hate reading. Granted, if reading strains your eyes, you can still “read” through listening to e-books and I’ve found that I am able to multitask on busier days when I’m able to listen to a juicy novel while doing other things like cooking or cleaning.
Just remember that fantastic ideas come from reading and relishing in the worlds other authors take us.
2: Write Randomly
The title of this tip may seem odd but in order to get a good flow going or to have a few workable ideas down on paper, you will want to brain dump. Brain dumping is a tactic where you just write whatever is on your mind with no rhyme nor reason for what you are thinking. There is no order or method to the writing. You could write down a grocery list, foods you’re thinking of, movies you just watched, characters you want to develop, things you want to do around the house, etc. There is no limit to what you dump, and it really helps with allowing those creative juices to flow smoothly once you remove all the “junk” from your mind.
3: Make Practicing the Craft a Routine
Practicing the craft can be tough at first but I recommend that you set aside a day and time for when you want to write. You can decide to write anything you want, such as, brain dumping, a short story, a poem or haiku; the sky is the limit. It is recommended to write no less than five minutes each day if you choose to do a smaller time frame of writing exercise. If you aim to write on the upwards of thirty or more minutes, then I recommend committing at least two days each week to practicing.
This will give you practice for your writing and you will become increasingly fluid in your writing as you go. As you continuously work on your creative writing routine, you will find that writing becomes more natural.
4: Find Your Voice
As we gain some practice in writing, we will also want to find our own authentic voice. Most writers aim to be similar to authors they know and love when it comes to making their own style, however, those writers had a specific audience and purpose to what they were writing. Their style was more suitable to their time historically and so copying their voice removes any uniqueness to your writing. You will want to write meaningfully and with a purpose. You will want to have your own audience in mind and have a comfortable feel to what you are putting down on paper or on a word document.
Believe it or not, every novel requires some amount of research. We want to write with purpose and in order accomplish that we need to do some research. We can create a fictitious country, island, or even planet but they will need to have qualities similar to what we know so that the readers don’t get confused or frustrated.
If we decide to use real locations like Orlando, Florida or Rome, Italy then we will want to make sure the imagery and street names match the area. Not only will this help our creative works come alive, but it will give the readers an innate ability to watch the story unfold as though it were a film being viewed.
6: Establish an Online Presence
In my time of academically writing along with creatively writing, I was always told that I did not need a website to write. At the time, I thought that was the correct way in doing things. To just show your skill to someone you want to work for by writing a piece for them. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Establishing your presence online is imperative. You don’t have to have a website, but I do recommend having a Journo Portfolio or something similar. This will give you the ability to showcase your completed works and it gives potential employers and clients the ability to see what your style is. I also want to mention that every writer should have a blog, which you can use the Journo Portfolio for as well.
With blogging, you increase your online presence, practice your writing, and gain an audience. You may eventually have a passive revenue from blogging, but the goal is to establish your online presence. This will give you the ability to get feedback from readers and to be promoted to other readers.
If you’re wondering how to be successful in creative writing – follow these tips, and see where your hard work takes you!