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How to Get Better at Creative Writing

When you have a dream or a goal in mind, it’s amazing what will happen when you put in the necessary effort. I know this to be true because a while back I set a goal to become a better writer. As an English major in college with a minor in creative writing, this was a goal that I had set for myself. After years of struggling with my writing, I decided it was time to put in the effort and make a change. So I did what any self-respecting, ambitious young person would do. I got a mentor, sought feedback, and worked hard to hone my skills.

The result? I not only achieved my goal, I surpassed it. I no longer consider myself a beginner when it comes to writing. So if you’re looking to improve your creative writing skills, here are some tips on how to get started.

Decide What You Want To Write About

Although you may not know exactly what you want to write about, you will have an idea of the sort of content that you want to create. With this, you can narrow down your search to something more manageable. It may not be the easiest thing in the world to know what to write about, but you will know after a little while.

If you’re looking for a challenge, try and pitch stories to publications. This will help you find your feet and get used to writing for a living. If you can’t find any that interest you, consider trying your hand at creative non-fiction. By using your own experiences and those of others, you can really bring life to your work. Short stories are also a great way to experiment with different genres. Even a simple, short story can teach you something new about yourself and the world around you.

Join A Society Of Writers

One of the best things that you can do for your creative writing is to join a society of writers. Working with other writers will give you the exposure and encouragement that you need to succeed. There are many online writing communities that you can join. You should strive to join a society that is based in your home country. This way, you will be able to continue getting feedback and support from the people who know and understand your language.

Start A Blog

Blogs are a fantastic way to experiment with different styles and genres. Some people even use blogs as a way to keep a diary, so if you’ve never done so, this could be a great way to start. When you first begin, it may be a good idea to test out a few different styles and see which ones work best for you. After this, you can experiment with different genres and see which ones you prefer creating.

Don’t Forget About Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling

These are the basics of any language. No matter how good your story is, it will never mean anything if you don’t know the difference between you’re and your. Similarly, proper grammar is vital – if you want your story to make sense, you need to learn how to use proper grammar. Punctuation is also very important. Even if you write the most brilliant story ever told, it will still go nowhere if you don’t know how to properly use punctuation. Knowing how to spell is also important, especially if you want to be taken seriously as a writer. Even if you’re sure that you know how to spell, it never hurts to look up a word or two, just to be on the safe side. Once you become an experienced writer, these tipes will no longer be necessary, but until then, it’s a good idea to know them.

Look For Mistakes

It’s an absolute pain to rewrite a story that you’ve already written. This is why, as a writer, you should always be on the lookout for spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and story plot problems. If you find any of these, you’ve worked hard enough. Rewrite it until it’s perfect, and then move on to the next story.

Try, Test, And Experiment

The best way to become a good writer is by constantly trying, testing, and experimenting. When you get feedback on your work, it’s important to continue improving and changing based on this. At first, it may be difficult to see the difference between what you wrote and what the feedback says you need to change. Testing phrases and sentences will help you identify these. Once you’ve found them, experiment with different language and see how the text changes. Once you’ve found the right combination, you can move on to the next writing session with a clear head and confident hands.

Get Motivated

Writing is a highly satisfying activity, especially when you produce something that you feel proud of. It’s important to find a reason or reasons for doing this. For me, I enjoy writing because it’s a way to express myself. Many people also like to write for a living, so getting paid to write will give you that extra push you need to continue improving as a writer. Ultimately, the main reason that you should write is because you want to.

If you’ve decided that you want to give creative writing a try, then the next step is to pinpoint where you’s going to start. Decide which story you’re going to write first, and then take it from there. Remember, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.