The Power to Create

If I could describe myself in one word, it would likely be, “Creator.”

I have a relentless drive to create things. It can be written, drawn or crocheted, but I still love to create.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t create something. It drives me crazy to no end, if I find myself being unproductive.

createDoes this happen to anyone else?

In fact, I am not sure how I would spend my “free” time if I didn’t have these hobbies. What would I do?

As far back as I can remember I have been like this. As a child I loved art and I loved to write. I made small journals and books filled with my ideas, complete with illustrations.

That creative spirit has stayed with me throughout my life, and I basically never sit still. Maybe that’s why reading is so hard for me……

I also remember when I was pregnant and I couldn’t do much, because of medical concerns. I made so many hats, scarves, and hand warmers that I had bags and bags of them. Thank goodness for the local farmers market, because I was finally able to sell them.

I know that some people have words running through their head all the time, I have that too, but it seems like this goes deeper, and that I need tangible finished products to hold.

I love this side of me and I doubt I will change anytime soon, but I wanted to hear the thoughts from other people, and hopefully find out that I am not that crazy.

 

Building the Foundation of Good Writing

Okay so I have to admit that there isn’t a secret code or formula to becoming a good writer, but I do think there are some steps that can be taken to enhance your abilities as a writer.

I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go back to school for my Masters in English, and since then I have noticed some remarkable changes in my writing.

I am not suggesting that going back to school is the only way to improve on your writing, but it what I am learning in school that is making the biggest difference.

So far I have taken a variety of classes from, non-fiction, poetry and a some literature classes.

Each of these classes focused on specific elements of writing that I didn’t even know existed. I had never analyzed why some authors chose to use certain language, and what impact that it would have on the reader. I hadn’t considered writing for your intended audience, or how to use detail to keep a story moving.

My method, was to just sit down and write, which is fine, but it doesn’t necessarily get me very far.

When I first started running I had to train and build up to running longer distances. I couldn’t just go out and run 13 miles.

So I am not sure why we expect ourselves to just sit down and write a book.

Maybe there are some people out there who can sit down and type out a masterpiece, but I am not one of them.

How can I create a believable character or a strong plot line, if I don’t even know how to define them?

king-quoteMy suggestion……study and read.

I used to be that person that hated being told that good writers read.  Why do I need to read, I just want to write?

I am not saying that I have been fully converted, but I can see the benefits of reading someone else’s work to help define my own.

I am also a huge fan of “how to books” for writers. I love reading tips of the trade that are all neatly compacted into one easy to read book. It takes the guess work out of it for me, and in the process I usually end up learning something.

So the secret to becoming a good writer? Hone your craft, and take writing seriously. Really work at it by exploring different aspects of writing.

I don’t consider myself a fictional writer, but I can tell you that what I am learning in my fiction class will help me tremendously when I go to write my next short story. I am learning about dialogue, character development and how to show not tell my readers what is happening.

Learning how to be a better writer has also made me more passionate about writing. Sometimes I feel like my writing gets stagnate and I feel a bit burnt out. But when I learn something new I want to implement it, and then share what I have learned with all of you.

Learning really does keep the cycle going for me, and I love it.

So I challenge all of my readers to learn something new. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something you really dislike (like structured poetry) but something that maybe isn’t your strongest asset as a writer. Try it out and see what you think.

I think that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.