On Beginning…

In this key, our aim is to help you find what kind of writing will best express whatever it is you want to write, especially as it relates to your why for writing.

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Knowing your “Why”.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE?

Through the holiday period, we’ve been thinking of the best way to set your writing permanently on a more productive trajectory. This year, we wish to start by cutting the assumption that you’re already a writer and ask; Why is writing important to you?

The key word in today’s writing key is why. What is your motivation? This question requires an answer with a perennial lifespan, particularly if you are one looking to make writing a career.

WHY ASK WHY?

Now, think of that song you loved the first time you heard it. You looped it and/or danced to it until one day, you realized the song didn’t move you anymore. Think of that hobby that seemed fun until it demanded your energy when you didn’t feel like giving it.

Creative writing is not unlike every other exercise in the sense that, when what was hobby becomes work, every nerve in your body wants to quit. But you know quitting is one ingredient notoriously bad for a career recipe. It is for this reason that you need a strong why to lean on for motivation and focus on days when creative writing shall lose its juice like an overplayed favorite song… And there will be many days like this.

HOWEVER! HOWEVER!!

You should know that the best and most effective whys are personal answers generated from your dreams. It is tempting to go with popular answers, especially from the writers we admire most. The danger in this is that you’d be running on fuel your engine wasn’t design for.

What have you always pictured as the best thing writing can do for you or help you achieve? In there lie the bricks to build your why. A good why is a solid structure, not just a fantasy wished for. Although, sometimes, some structures can be as simple as a mere desire to have fun.

SUMMARY

Knowing why you want to write has the primary duty of creating a goal you can daily work to achieve. It also lights your embers on the day your ashes are damp. Why is not just a creative writing question, it is the search for purpose and you have the right to create that purpose in every area of your life.

Why do you want to write?

Diligence

Putting in careful and persistent work or effort is a major key to going a long way in creative writing. 

As a writer, you will not always be in a constant state of flowing creative ideas. Sometimes you’ll go through dry spells where you stare at the blank screen or page for hours with not a single word coming to mind. 

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It’s All About The Story

As a writer, it’s important to develop your writing style, plot, and all the surface drama, but the honest truth is this: what really grabs is the story.

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Read Widely

Reading widely not only broadens your vocabulary, it also expands your mind and exposes you to new concepts and ideas you would never have dreamed of.

You learn different writers’ expressive styles and, in the process, develop yours.

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Write what you would like to read

There’s nothing more frustrating than writing stuff you’re not interested in. The words will lack passion, and it will come through to your readers.

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Interpretation

Conceptualising and expressing ones observations is a skill largely acquired through practice and experience. 

Every writer has a voice, a way of expressing their ideas. This voice evolves from their main style of interpreting events. 

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Perspective

The creative mind is one which sees life from a different perspective to that of the average person. 

Creative ideas are inspired by the things we see, hear and experience in our everyday lives, and go beyond the normal or standard way of thinking. 

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