Calm is the perfect state of being. It can capture a moment of stillness in a chaotic world. More importantly, it is a place where you can restore yourself after a stressful day. Now, you may be wondering how you can describe this perfect state in your creative writing. Worried that your writing may not be appreciated by readers if it doesn’t match their expectations? Don’t be! By taking the time to learn how to write about calm, you will be able to portray an image of serenity in your work.
Know What To Write About
If you’re not sure what to write about, it’s time to do some research. Learning more about the topic will help you find the right tone and style for your work.
For example, if you’re writing a fantasy novel, you might want to research different cultures in your fantasy world. You can do this by reading online communities such as Reddit that are dedicated to the topic. Alternatively, if you’re writing a realistic novel set in modern-day London, you might want to explore the effects of stress on the human body. You can do this by visiting a museum or historical archive that has medical information regarding human development.
Look For The Positive
When you’re feeling anxious or uptight, it’s easy to focus on the negative. Instead of writing about how awful the traffic is, why not write about how great it is that you’ve managed to get some work done. Or, how great it is that you’ve been able to ignore all of the gossip that surrounds you at work. Instead, look for the positive things that are happening.
This is an essential part of putting yourself in the right mindset to write. If you want to write about something hopeful, you’re going to have to find reasons to be positive. The best way to do this is by identifying small successes along the way. Maybe you’ve written a few paragraphs today that you’re happy with. Or, maybe you’ve learned to ignore some of the more annoying habits of friends and colleagues. Find the victories in your life and you’ll be able to tap into that energy to write something worthwhile.
Try Something New
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try something new? Even if you’re not overly confident, you can practice writing by putting yourself in the situation you’re more used to seeing yourself in. For example, if you’re a shy person, why not try speaking in front of a group of people you know? Or, if you’ve always considered yourself a creative person, why not try your hand at designing a logo or a website? There are plenty of creative writing courses available online that you can take that will teach you everything you need to know. Just make sure that you understand that this is all practice and you will never be required to write a word.
Know Your Audience
You’ve probably heard the expression ‘write what you know’. While there is some truth to this, you also need to know who you’re writing for. If you don’t, you might end up with something that doesn’t reflect what you intended to say. For example, if you’re writing for a broad audience, you might want to include humorous anecdotes in your story. Alternatively, if you’re writing for a more select audience, you might want to tone down the humour and tell them your story in your own words. Knowing your audience’s expectations is extremely important because it will help you determine how you should approach each individual section of your story. When you write with a voice that you think your audience will appreciate, you will find that your writing flows much more naturally and you will enjoy the process much more. Knowing your audience is important because you will not enjoy writing if you think that your readers are going to laugh at your (usually quite serious) story. Also, this will make you hate your characters because you will feel like they are making fun of you.
Writing is all about using your words to create a narrative. One of the best things that you can do for your writing is to use settings that are familiar to you. If you don’t have a lot of experience living in London, why not use places and situations you are more familiar with? Even if you don’t live in London, you can use places that you know well. Think of all the times that you’ve been there and how you feel about the place. Use this to guide your decision making when choosing where to set your story. This way, you will tap into your existing knowledge rather than having to do a lot of research and memorization. Writing is all about using your words to tell a story. Make the most of the places and situations that you know so well and that will bring back so many pleasant memories. This will help you create an image of tranquility in your reader’s minds and put you in the right mindset to write.
Make It Personal
One of the best ways to write about something is to make it personal. This doesn’t just go for stories, it can be applied to any kind of writing. Make a list of everything that you hate about your ‘perfect’ writing environment. Now, rather than just listing ways that your chosen setting doesn’t suit you, go back and add in what you personally hate about this setting. This will give your writing a sense of individuality and uniqueness that will make it stand out from others of its kind. Remember, stories that are personal tend to be told much more honestly than those told from a more objective viewpoint. This makes them much more interesting to read. Being completely open and honest is one of the best things that you can do for your writing. It will inspire other people to be more open and honest as well. This is a good thing because, at the end of the day, we all need help finding our truth. It can be scary to admit that you’re not perfect the way that you seem, which is why it’s important to have a support system around you. Writing is all about using your words to express your thoughts and feelings, which can sometimes be very personal. By taking the time to be as honest as possible, you will be able to put your thoughts and feelings into words and will therefore be able to connect with your reader on a very personal level. This is what makes your story relatable and, as a result, more enjoyable to read.
Describing calm is much easier said than done. Naturally, as a writer, you will have to put in the work to learn how to do this. However, once you know how, it will become second nature to you. As a result, you will be able to tap into that serene mindset whenever you need to in order to write something worthwhile. With practice, you will be able to tackle any type of writing assignment with confidence because you will be in the right mindset. So, go ahead and write those stories that you know inside of you. You’ve got nothing to lose and, quite possibly, a whole lot to gain.