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Accelerate Your Creative Writing Skills By Annette Young

  in Writing | Published 2010-01-23 11:17:46 | 297 Reads | Unrated

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Creative writing skills occur naturally in everyone but for many, these creative writing skills lie dormant and are a source of untapped potential because the person does not know instinctively how to utilise them Most people try writing at some point in their lives – whether for pleasure, therape

utic reasons or with the intention of earning money from their pursuits but tapping into their creativity can be a source of great frustration when the necessary skill set seems annoyingly out of reach

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Creative writing skills occur naturally in everyone but for many, these creative writing skills lie dormant and are a source of untapped potential because the person does not know instinctively how to utilise them. Most people try writing at some point in their lives – whether for pleasure, therapeutic reasons or with the intention of earning money from their pursuits but tapping into their creativity can be a source of great frustration when the necessary skill set seems annoyingly out of reach. Increasing those creative writing skills is not difficult but it does require a focussed intent a
nd a determination to succeed. It also requires a great deal of time management, as to be truly successful; a certain amount of time must be allocated to the task of learning.

Writing is akin to starting a new job or an apprenticeship scheme; the basic techniques have to be learned first and thoroughly before progressing to projects of an increased level. Jumping ahead too quickly can just cause increased frustration and essentially put the potential writer off from continuing. Creative writing skills need to be coaxed and nurtured for best results and any new writer would do well to joining a writing class so that they can learn from a professional tutor and communicate with other like-minded people.

A beginner’s class is set up so that different techniques are introduced at a level that is suitable for all but the tutor has to also introduce new techniques to keep everyone stimulated and consistently learning. Whilst much can be learned from a beginners writing class, the writer must also put in some writing practice at home as this will accelerate the learning curve dramatically. Without a doubt, regular practice is the most important part of any learning process and individual creative writing skills literally do increase in leaps and bounds if the writer persists over a period of weeks and months.

There are many techniques that can be incorporated quickly and easily into a daily or weekly agenda and will whip those creative writing skills into shape:

•Join an online writing course and have personal tuition for careful monitoring of your progress. Most courses are set so that students work at their own pace so there is no pressure to complete projects to a specific time.

•Purchase e-coaching. Inexpensive yet effective. This way the tutor tailors personal writing exercises to the individuals needs and provides individual feedback.

•Set aside personal writing time each day. Writing techniques will only sharpen if regular practice is provided.

•Set up a projects file and include photos from magazines, cuttings from newspapers or even list song titles that inspire. If inspiration is minimal, use the projects file to promote creativity, for example: photos from magazines could be used for flash fiction projects.

•Create a dream diary. Vivid dreamers need never be stuck for ideas providing they are written in a diary. They can be used to promote inspiration quickly and easily.

•Become a people-watcher and use real-life events and occurrences in writing projects.

Developing a strong foundation within writing realms may take a lot of hard work and dedication, but the results pay dividends in only a short period of time. Creating fun challenges on a personal level helps to accelerate creative writing skills and ultimately, this natural progression becomes a great source of motivation.

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