Everyone has their hobbies the things they do simply because they enjoy it.
Many people play games or play sport but a particular hobby I always found interesting was writing. Oh sure it could be short stories novels article or even a blog!
The art of writing has always fascinated me, despite my lack of natural skill, and motivation.
I would like to give some tips for all those who love writing or perhaps would one day like to try it.
A lot of the time, new writers especially, people struggling with creativity or creating something new. A tip from bestselling writer Stephen King is to stop watching TV and read instead as that allows creativity to flow freely as well as opening up your mind to be inspired by others literary works.
However never steal from other writer’s it’s important to draw the line between inspiration and stealing. The TV is a threat but isn’t the only one.
Never allow there to be many distractions while you write. You know the type of person you are and you know what distracts you.
If the internet is calling to you rather work on a computer that doesn’t have internet connection or access to games or other things that will be distractions.
Some people even find open windows distracting and have to close it up to stop themselves gazing outside. All of this is about getting into the perfect setting to write.
Finding a perfect setting might be ideal but perfectionism is not. It is highly unlikely on your first try that you are going to write a bestseller so don’t be under constant pressure to make everything perfect. This can ruin the whole experience for you. Write for yourself and then worry about making it better, not perfect just better.
Keep writing pieces as simple as possible. Don’t try using big words to impress your readers. It doesn’t make any form of writing better when the reader has to piece together what the author is saying. It also creates the impression of trying too hard which is not necessary. However never dumb down, assuming your readers are dumb just insults their intelligence.
A good balance is necessary.
Lastly have fun doing it. No-one is going to continue their hobby if they hate what they are doing. Have fun with your writing and don’t pressure yourself too much. Forcing yourself to be finished by a certain date has ruined many good books as the endings become sloppy and hastily wrapped up.
Lastly a final tip consider doing a writing course in our Creative School at College SA.
We offer distance learning so it can be done without leaving your permanent job or other engagements.
Find your inner creativity 🙂