How to Acquire Creative Writing Skills

headEverybody and anybody can acquire basic creative writing skills.

Like every profession, writers need tools and the main tools of this profession are words and imagination. If you don’t love words and the language you are writing in, you will go nowhere. And if you don’t have imagination, you will be unable to create a story.

So how does a novice acquire these basic creative writing skills?

It’s very simple. Read as much as you can in your favorite genre and in other genres as well. I read voraciously on every subject and the more I read, the more I want to read. Reading fuels your imagination and helps you in your own writing.

Observation is another skill you need to develop. Sit at a cafe on a sunny day and people watch.

Credit: philosophy.talons43.ca

Credit: philosophy.talons43.ca

Make notes – you never know when you might be able to use some of those notes in the stories you write. Watch your family – we all have quirky people in our families. You can use those characteristics in your work. Nothing is off limit – just change names and places.

But most of all write something everyday. It doesn’t have to be a part of a story. It can be observations, a diary or just notes. Writing helps you become a better writer. And take a writing class like the ones offered here at Beyond-the-Lamppost (spots still available in the Thursday group-email beverleyburgessbell@gmail.com).

I, like many other creative writing instructors, offer online classes as well as in-class sessions. Take advantage of them and you will brush up on the skills you need.

Other writing/publishing articles & links for you from Writer’s Digest:

10 Dos and Dont’s For the Aspiring Novelist
The Value of Tough Love and Honest Feedback.
Open Your Eyes and Ears: Writing Inspiration is all Around You.

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