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Creative writing as a discipline demands not only talent but also persistence. This means that those aspiring to be creative writers must work hard to hone their craft. Beginning writers will do well to follow several tips that will not only improve their writing but also enhance the way that they perceive the world, which is useful for any kind of artistic discipline.
One tip to which many artists swear by is to bring a small notebook anywhere you go. Aspiring writers may jot down any idea on the notebook that comes to them-whether it's a fleeting feeling, a striking sentence, or even a simple word that they fancy at a certain moment. Writers may even attach small clippings of articles, pictures, drawings, literary works, or even ticket stubs or product labels, as long as this item makes them feel inspired and worked up to write something in the future and for sure, creative writing will be their forte in the end.
Another tip is to write everyday. Some aspiring writers complain of something called writers' block, a condition where they seem to be unable to write anything. Others claim that they do not have time to write. Setting aside some time every day, even an hour or thirty minutes, allows the mind to focus on the writing for that time, forcing ideas to come out of hibernation. Again, the important thing here is to do it everyday until it becomes a habit.
Reading a wide range of works both literary and non-literary is also very advisable for creative writers. Anything from poems, stories, advertisements, newspapers, magazines, movie reviews, jokes, and Twitter posts will be useful for this purpose. This wide range enables creative writers to become fully aware of what is happening in their environment as well as how language is used in different situations. Thus, they are able to craft more plausible plots for stories, more authentic dialogues for plays, or more memorable uses of words in poems.
Finally, writers should have fun in creative writing. A lot of writers get frustrated and give up on the craft because they feel it is too difficult. So, it is good to accept foremost that writing is a solitary activity in which writers necessarily have to be alone in their thinking and manipulating words to fit the meanings they seek to flesh out. However, writers must not focus on this lonely aspect of writing. Instead, it is better to give attention to how writing transports them to a new environment, allows them to explore new worlds, or on any other purpose that drew them to the craft in the first place. Essentially, this is what will help them persevere in the craft and develop to become even better writers.
These are simply some tips on how some writers may harness their mental activity into the humble yet honourable pursuit of creative writing. Yet, these pieces of advice are by no means applicable to every writer's situation, given that each writer has a peculiar temperament. In time, creative writers find the process that best works for them.
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