Writing is something that I love doing, but admittedly don’t set specific time aside to do it. I was inspired to write this post because of Bee’s ‘14 Tips for Studying a Creative Writing Degree‘ post. It doesn’t matter if you’re studying for a Creative Writing Degree or not, these tips are really helpful. The one that stuck out the most to me was freewriting, because that’s one thing I don’t do. At all. How can I improve my writing if I don’t let myself write? I’m going to ensure that I write at least a couple of times a week. Just sit down, open my notebook and write. Write about the first things that come to mind, without planning ahead.
Free writing// A pre-writing technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. It is used mainly by prose writers and writing teachers.
I’m also trying to write more in general, and for myself, I find it helpful to use prompts. I’ve chosen one of my unused (and pretty!) notebooks, and it’s soon to get filled! The plan is to take it out with me – if inspiration strikes, I’ve always got somewhere to write! If you’re struggling for writing ideas, here are a few other places to look:
The book in the photo above is full of random prompts, such as ‘When I first told my family about —-, they didn’t believe me’ and ‘Your character is being followed’. It’s really useful, and I’ll definitely be putting it to good use.
Had a good day out? Write about it. Had a bad day out? Write about it. Write about something you’ve seen on the news, something someone told you in a conversation. People watch. Write about their life, how it may be, how it could be.
Actually talk to someone. Find out about them. Explore their characteristics, their language, their gestures. There’s a lot you can learn from a person, just by really paying attention to them.
This doesn’t mean you have to leave the country. When you’re next in town, look at the buildings. Imagine being a tourist, seeing things for the first time. You might even see things for the first time – I’m sure your town has hidden secrets that you haven’t discovered just yet.
Do you have any great tips on improving writing, or giving yourself the time to settle down and get writing? I’d love to hear them!