Creative writing is defined as any writing that involves the use of skill and the imagination to produce something new or a work of art. It expresses thoughts, feelings and emotions as opposed to just conveying information as in journalistic writing.
Don DeLiloo defines creative writing as a form of writing that allows for personal freedom. That is, it frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will not be outlaw heroes of some under culture but mainly save themselves, to survive as individuals.
Creative writing could sometimes be tasking considering the many things calling for attention. However, its rewards are immense owing to the huge satisfaction you derive from a completed work and also knowing that someone somewhere will be inspired by your work. This satisfaction makes the stress and hard work pale into insignificance as you enjoy the rewards and fun that comes with it.
- Start small. Be willing to take baby steps rather than beginning with something you have not acquired relevant skills for. For example, writing a family series that spans four generations, or an adventure. Begin with as little as a poem, then gradually move to an article, then an essay, short story etc. Do not worry about the quality of your output when you set out, just concentrate on expressing yourself in an easy-to-flow manner. When you are done, if you are not satisfied, give it to another writer to review it for you. Whatever be the case, don’t quit.
- Stretch your writing muscles. Some people feel writing and thinking are the most difficult exercises to do compared to laundry or shopping. But this is not often the case. Cultivating the habit of writing for a number of minutes or hours per day will help activate the writing mode in you. Once this habit is formed, you would see how easily your thoughts are translated to letters.
- Not to worry if you get stuck at some point, just relax and think. Before long, ideas will begin to flood your mind. All writers feel stuck at one point or the other, so it is not peculiar to you. It is also advised to write your observations as you go out. Sometimes, this is what you need to spur up your creative juices.
- Find out what time is most convenient for you. Most writers do their writings early in the mornings before being caught in a web of activities while some others write at late at night after their families have long fallen asleep. You need to find out what time works best for you.
- Have fun. We all feel bored at one point or the other. When we see writing as a chore, we may not enjoy the process of writing as such, our creative juices may not flow as easily as it would if we enjoyed it. Inject fun into your work. Play and let go the seriousness. You need to be a child at heart sometimes. Enjoying what you do not only makes you a better person, but it also makes you more creative. Don’t be too hard on yourself, relax and have fun.