Article Title: “A Simple Recipe for Writing Success”: How To Write Creatively (from Online Creative Writing Course)
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Hints/Tips, Writing Course, Creative Writing Course
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www.nzwriter.wordpress.comand his various other blogs at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com
Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)
This piece (as with all my articles) may be freely reproduced, electronically or in printWe hope that the following article (which is an extract from our online creative writing course) may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others “out there” in any way, then we’re happy.
“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”
Sharing Some Writing Tips: “A Simple Recipe* for Writing Success” (extracted from Online Creative Writing Course)
* That’s a metaphor, btw
“It’s easy being a writer… the hardest part is figuring how to make a living whilst one does so.”
“I got sick and tired of waiting for writing success… so just carried on without it.”
“Writing to me is like gasoline to an automobile, without it I would be immobilized.”
Carla J. Curtis, The Inspirational Literary Entrepreneur
Here is a short article in the form of a bit of advice for aspiring writers, which I hope may be helpful.
My advice for aspiring writers* is as follows…
* What’s the definition of an aspiring writer? A waiter!
(Don’t worry, I was one too… though I spilt more than was left in the glass; so no wonder I just had to carry on writing!
* Write something every day. Regularity and practice makes “purrfect”.
* “Remember that getting published takes a great deal of
commitment and hard work.
* Learn patience. “Heaps!” Things move slowly in the world of publishing – usually far longer than initial promises.
* Treat writing as your career; so take it seriously.
* Learn everything you can about the writing “business” and the craft of writing… creatively, of course.
* Be open to criticism from your peers. Still far easier to
criticise than create, eh? Incidentally, there has never been a monument built honouring a critic!
* Listen to your heart, your intuition, the “core of your being” (sounds “real airy-fairy stuff” that, craig!). Write what you love – not what the MARKET wants (unless you are desperate for purely financial rewards from your writing). That’s not a “true writer”, I believe!
* Join a writers’ association and mix with other strange
“arty-farty, airy-fairy intellectual artistic/creative types”.
* “Write as you talk yourself.” – Maeve Binchy.
* Write as honestly as you can.
Writers help people to see the world differently – from the writer’s perspective. I believe that the writer’s obligation to readers is to instruct, entertain, or somehow extend one’s perceptions of life.
“I write because something inside myself, inner and unconscious forces me to. That is the first compulsion. The second is one of ethical and moral duty. I feel responsible to tell stories that inspire readers to consider more deeply who they are.”
“When you’re writing there are times when you feel it’s a bit of a struggle. However, at other times you’re in what is called ‘the zone’ and writing just feels effortless. This happens when finding the right words is no longer a struggle; but this heightened state, as with most crafts usually comes with practise. Then words simply flow into your head faster than you can write them down (or can press the keyboard). But you have to really push your writing limits to get this kind of experience. “
Then later you look what you’ve written and think: “Bloody hell. That’s good. Did I really write that seemingly without much effort? Wonder where all that came from (a cerebral thing or “outer space”!”
– A “nony-moose” writer
To the sounds of click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM
My writing “journey” of my various books is my life journey: one of ideas, beliefs, values and so on – of growth as a person and a human ‘bean’, hopefully. And* I write to try to make some difference, a better world in my ‘own litle way’.
* Can I begin a sentence with the conjunctive (big word, eh!) ‘And’?
Yes, ‘cos it’s your article, craig.
To end off, always remember,
* Make your story real. Be totally honest to the story that is being told.
* Writing is hard (and sustained) work – a writer has to work hard every day, even when one does not feel inspired. So I make sure I’m inspired at 6 or 7am (and sometimes earlier) each day.
* Small ideas become bigger, when you leave to your creative subconscious mind. Seek inspiration (from within and or externally from God, “the Ultimate Source”) regularly.
* Revise your work constantly; but one has to “call a halt”
* Strive for perfection, but accept excellence in your writing.
* Believe in yourself and in the quality of your work. You have something unique to offer the world: in the form of your creative imagination, together with the gift of sharing something of yourself.
There is tremendous power in imagination: YOUR creative imagination. Albert Einstein stated: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Napoleon believed that “the human race is governed by it’s imagination.”
Pascal: “Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice and happiness, which is everything in this world.”
Use it well and it’s amazing power will astound you –
in your writing as well as in all areas of your life.
Remember that dreams can come true in your writing…
and in your life.
Happy writing and good luck*
Craig Lock (Eagle Productions Books)
* which is sometimes defined as where ‘preparedness meets opportunity’
“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of
limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
– inspiring words from Alan Cohen
What’s the definition of an aspiring author?
What’s the difference between a writer and a family pizza?
The pizza can feed a family of four!
Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in little scenic and tranquil New Zealand
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