Every person who has dabbled in the craft of writing has the desire to be more creative. In our business creativity sells the novels, blogs, articles, or whatever else you're writing so it's pretty important to know how to generate creativity or stop it from running away on you. Even if you're not writing to sell, the act of creating something fun and engaging heightens the sense of accomplishment.
The following 21 tips will help you generate creativity in ways that you may not have considered before. If you discover something on the list you’re hesitant to try, do it. Creativity is a funny thing that reacts differently in each of us. Even just the act of trying something different can kick start your creativity so go ahead, give it a try.
1. Pen and a Notebook: Carry these everywhere you go. Creativity has a bad tendency to sneak up on you. When that great idea hits don’t let it get away, write it down.
2. Freewriting: Starring at a blank screen can be daunting. Get your fingers warmed up by typing what you’ve been up to before you sat down to write. Type anything that enters your mind. A clear mind has room for creativity to grow.
3. Read: If you’re not writing, you should be reading. Reading as much as you can keeps your brain in a creative place and gives you an excellent base to platform your own creativity on.
4. Be Observant: Watch everything that is happening around you. Politely eavesdrop on conversations happening around you. Listen for interesting names and places. Oh and remember that notebook? Yeah, write all this stuff down in there too.
5. Grammar: It’s okay if you want to bend or break a grammar law or two, take the time and effort to educate yourself to the best of your ability on these laws first. Knowing them is the first step to breaking them properly.
6. Create the proper workspace for you: Have a desk or table that is only for writing. Be comfortable and keep any materials you need close by.
7. Join a writers group: Having a group of people you can lean on for support during the tough times and celebrate wildly with during the good times is not only healthy outside of your writing life but an absolute requirement within.
8. Create the proper work environment for you: This is the part of the recipe where it says season to taste. I personally find it incredibly helpful to have YouTube videos playing in the background while I write. Others would be too distracted by this. Some find it helpful to have music, others need silence. Experiment and find what works best for you.
9. Proofread: To strengthen your creativity, you need to know where you’re coming up short. Proofread your final draft several times over.
10. Write every day: Even if it’s a quick letter to yourself summarizing your day. Sit down and write something. There have been days where I’ve written a letter to myself about why I don’t want to write that day.
11. Start a blog: It doesn’t have to be a public blog, but having a place to be creative and storing your creative work can be a gold mine when you’re feeling down and out.
12. Find and complete writing exercises: Challenge yourself to write about things that you would have never written about before. Stretch your limits and give your creativity room to grow.
13. Kill your inner editor: Never proofread and type your first draft at the same time. Turn off the spell checker, kill your inner editor and just write.
14. Own the Title: If you have ever put pen to paper, or typed words on a screen know this: you are a writer. Own the title and say it out loud to yourself. Believing in yourself is a massive boost to your ability to create.
15. Subscribe to writing blogs: This ties in with reading but focuses directly on the craft and gives you a platform to harvest a lot of creative information.
16. Dictionary and Thesaurus: Keep them close by when you’re writing. Why memorize all the different ways to say something, when it’s already written down for you?
17. Collect Valuable Resources: My personal favorites are “A writer’s guide to Character Traits” by Linda N. Edelstein Ph.D. and “Writing Monsters” by Philip Athans. Both of these resources are packed with kick starts to your creativity.
18. Creative Break: When all else fails, walk away. Take a fifteen-minute break and play with your pet, go for a walk outside. Let yourself get distracted for this short amount of time. It could be just the break your brain needs to get back into gear and focus on the topic at hand.
19. Invest in a professional editor: These guys and gals are true life savers. Not only will they polish your writing they’ll help you find places where the creative train derailed and crashed.
20. Set a goal: Set yourself up for success with short and long term goals. Reaching weekly word counts are great short term goals. The completion of your first draft is an excellent long range goal. Having goals keeps you motivated and focused, a great environment for creativity to thrive.
21. Give Thanks: Positive thoughts and actions are known to relieve tension and stress. Both of which inhibit creativity. Write a list of things you’re thankful for and keep it pinned up in your workspace.
With these 21 tips, your creative writing will prosper and grow. Put them to use right away and you’ll find your word count increasing with each visit back to the computer and feel empowered by the sense of creation.
Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer and content editor at essay writing service EssayMama.com which provides assignment help for students. Kenneth draws his inspiration out of the traveling and sport. Get in touch with him on Linkedin.