How to be a successful creative writer?

Dear Readers,

Your definition of success is entirely up to you. However, for the purpose of this article, I will say that success is consistently churning out content that speaks of your creativity. With that definition in mind, this blog post too could be considered an example of successful creative writing.

Happy reading and writing!

Warmly,

A successful creative writer


When I started out with writing, I didn’t define the genres that I was writing for. I was just writing. Now that I have been writing for more than 20 years, I understand a few givens of this profession.

  • My earliest friends always said that all my writing was heartbreaking. It was all about struggles, sadness, depression, heart break and really never any happy endings. I know now that that happens because as writers or craftsmen we “imitate before we create”. I was reading a lot of Arab fiction those days, of atrocities against people, of religious fundamentalism and all of that never really has any good of mankind at heart. My writing reflected the energy of what I was reading. Even with their feedback, I still couldn’t write happy things, because at that time, my writing muscles weren’t as developed. So if you are at this stage, take heart. It’s the beginning of something great.

 

  • While writing those bits, I started penning down my life too. A journal of sorts if you may. Again they had the same struggle undertones. Even today it is much easier for me to write about the bad things happening all around than about the good things. As a writer maybe I work from the realm of overcoming struggles, while searching for hope. This journal keeping ensured that I started to think. Critical thinking is one of the most coveted qualities in a creative writer. Can you think from scratch to be able to make a piece of writing your own. If you are able to think- what is that you truly want to write and then write it, you are well on your way of becoming a successful creative writer! Pick up topics that interest you, think what you really want to say about them (may or may not be research based) and then go ahead and let your ink flow.

 

  • Writing for the reader. This final stage is what’s the final rung. The last two rungs were about your expertise at conveying what you want to say. This last rung is about conveying it in a manner that’s understandable to your readers. My blog post on editing and proof reading should help with this. But to make it read better, you need to understand that editing out extras will help a lot in making the reader understand what’s actually being written. When you detail out a scenery, that’s not extra. Those lines make the reader visualise the scenery. But when you describe somebody’s pain/ emotion, usually 1-2 lines are enough to describe the depth. Any more detailing and you take away the uniqueness of that emotion.

Nobody writes through a haze filled day of inspiration. The greatest personal quality that you should acquire and practice to become great at your craft is that of discipline. If you are waiting for inspiration to hit you to start writing, you will be waiting a long long time.

Writing is a calling and you inspire yourself. So don’t wait for the clock to strike 12, go ahead and make hay while the sun shines.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Writing for the reader is what many blogs and posts seem to be missing, and it can’t be closer to the truth. Loved this, and thanks for sharing!

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  2. Loved this! As someone who is new to writing I find these to be great pieces of advice 😀 Thank you!

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