Step By Step To A Completed Novel!

To Write Or Not To Write? That’s The Question Only You Can Answer!

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page” —-Jodi Picoult

As a kid, I loved to write. I’d write short stories just to entertain myself. I was that weird kid who loved it when the teacher would ask us to write about our Summer Vacation. I had quite an experience one year after the teacher asked us to read our stories in class. You can read all about it in “Are You Enough?”
http://creativewritinghowto.com/are-you-enough/ 

I have had many jobs in my working career. I am not a formally taught writer, I don’t have that special piece of paper saying that I know everything there is to know about the Art of Writing.

I truly believe the Art of Writing is something you have inside waiting to get out. You have the talent, but you just need the know how. That’s where I come in, I was in the same boat when I started!

I have read everything I could, took courses just to learn where to start on my novel journey and I jumped in with both feet!

I hope that this Blog will help to motivate you, to get you started on your path to finishing the Novel that has been in the back of your mind for years. This is the year to just do it!

Where To Start?

First off, you have a lot of soul searching to do, and questions you need to answer. One of the biggest questions, why do you want to be a writer? Think about and write down your thoughts to these questions.

1. Is it just because you want to see your name on the best sellers list

2. Do you want to be famous?

3. Do you want to Educate people or entertain them?

4. Are you hoping to get people to accept your views on a subject that is near and dear to you?

5. What makes you think that you have it in yourself to sit down and write a novel that is anywhere from 65,000 to 110,000 words to create a fiction novel. Then ask yourself, Am I enough? http://creativewritinghowto.com/are-you-enough/ 

Are You Enough?

Welcome to my first Blog Post at Creative Writing How To!

I am participating in a writing contest “You Are Enough”

hosted by Positive Writer

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Welcome to the first Blog Post on Creative Writing How-To.

As you see the name of this Post is Are You Good Enough To Be A Writer? This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Let me tell you a little story.

When I was a little kid in school, I’d say in 4th grade, the teacher ask us to write a story about what we did over the summer. I actually liked this assignment because I loved to write. So I went home and wrote, I mean Pen and Paper, no computers back then. I know I’m old! I was so excited to turn my paper in to the Teacher. Well she had other plans! She made us get up in front of the class and read our stories. I almost cried! I was the shy one in the class, always stayed to myself. It took all the courage I had to get up in front of the class, my voice shook when I tried to get the words out. The kids laughed at me and made it one of the most horrible experiences of my life. When I was finished and went back to my seat, the kid behind me leaned up and told me my story was stupid! You know that kid didn’t even write a story, so who’s the stupid one. I didn’t realize that at the time.

I ended up getting an “A” on that paper. My teacher even pulled me aside and told me I did a good job. But, you know what’s stuck in my mind all these years? Not the “A” on my paper, but the Kid behind me saying my story was Stupid!

It took me many years to Write again.

I always felt that I had something to say, a story I wanted to write but” Was I Enough?”

I was an avid Book reader, in fact I always carried a book with me just in case I got stuck somewhere or had a free minute to read. In fact I still do that. I always felt I could do that I could Write a book.

My fear was that I was not a College Graduate with a paper that said I was qualified to Write! What did I do, I put it off, until one day I’d had enough feeling sorry for myself! I knew I had something in me that needed to get out so I did It I WROTE! What a great feeling, I found the courage to do the thing that was in me all the time. I finally figured out that I was Enough!

The first thing I did was start a Blog. I actually put my stories out there for the World to see! That was almost as scary as getting up in front of the class.

I have taken classes and read everything I can to improve my skills. But, no amount of studying can make you a Writer, it is already in you! You’ll never know the Joy of seeing your first story Published. Don’t let fear hold you back, You were born with a Story in You, let it out. YOU CAN DO IT!

Please keep in touch, let me know how your doing, I’m really interested. I’m always looking for another Great Book to read, It may be yours!

This story is a part of a Writing Contest, for Positive Writer

It is written by Bryan Hutchinson http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-you-are-enough/

I encourage you to go and read his Blog, it has been a big help to me.

What Is Creative Writing?

How To Be Creative and Save Your Hair Too!

So, what is creative writing anyway?

According to Wikipedia:
Writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature, typically identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, character development, and the use of literary tropes or with various traditions of poetry and poetics!

WOW NOW, WHAT A MOUTH FULL!

In other words, Writing, where the writer gets to use his imagination, his feelings, and creativity to create a fiction story. Something that he created in his own mind, not a fact.

A sample of Creative Writing’

Fiction Novel, Poems, Short Stories, Screenplays, Television Scripts, Poetry, even Video Games, etc.

This kind of writing entertains the reader. The writer uses his own imagination to create a fantasy world where he creates the Location, Characters, gives them Personalty, Creates Conflict, Solutions, more Conflict, and ends with A Happy Ending – Or Not!

Not all stories end happily for example:

Alice in Wonderland

Little Women

Myself, I’d rather have a Happy Ending. When I take the time to read a book, I want the privilege of guessing how it will end, I prefer Happy, but THAT’S just my opinion. What do you think?

 

Don’t Pull Your Hair Out, Learn How To Become A Very Creative Writer!

What Does It Take To Become A Creative Writer?

The goal of creative writing is to entertain your reader. So, what makes the difference between the good writer or the bad writer? Good writing will capture the reader’s attention from the get-go! From that first sentence, you have to set the stage. Their feelings and emotions are in your hands. You have the power to make them laugh or cry, or even feel anger,  that is where your creativity comes in. You have to think about what will bring out their feelings, this is how you get them involved in your story.

1. You Have To Write For Your Reader! You’ll have to give them a reason to want to keep reading and not put that book down!

How do You Do that? With practice, practice, and more practice! You have to write daily, just like anything else, “Practice Makes Perfect”.

It’s just like typing, you wouldn’t be very fast without Practice.  You wouldn’t want a Doctor to operate on you without practice. The same is true of writing.

2. You have to have the Desire to Write!

Just like anything else, you have to have a burning desire. Say you wanted to buy a brand new car, you wouldn’t walk into a showroom without any cash or credit and say I’ll take that car. They’d laugh you right out of there. That would give you the determination to scrimp and save till you were able to get that car, now THAT’S real desire.

That goes for Writing too. You’ve always had the feeling that you have a story to tell, which is aching to out. But, and this is a big but, you are afraid! Believe me nothing in this life comes easy, or without practice, or without learning the How-To of your desire. You have to work at it.

Think about Michael Jordan, do you think he got to be one of the best Basket Ball Player in the world by being afraid? No, he found his courage, he practiced nonstop, he never gave up and look what his desire accomplished!

That is what you have to do too, is practice every day. Even if your just writing for yourself, in the beginning, start with a short story, edit it, redo it and redo it again till you finally have a story THAT’S worthy of sharing.

3. You have to keep on reading!

Why would you have to read, if you are the one doing the writing.  We all have our favorite Authors, they write books we can’t put down. Think about it, these are the people you want to emulate, not copy, but learn from. You need to figure out what they did to make you keep on reading when you were tired and said just one more page. We’ve all done that and woke up in the morning still holding the book. How did they make you laugh or cry, and feel all the emotions that they wanted you to feel? How were they able to control you? Learn how they switched back and forth from scene to scene and threw in conflict after conflict that made the story exciting. You felt like they were letting you try to figure out what would happen next. You were HOOKED. Isn’t that what you want your book to read like, why not learn from the best!

4. You have to have a Vivid Imagination!

You have to make the reader see what you want them to see thru your eyes.

If  I said, ” She saw the box sitting in the corner”, that isn’t very colorful is it?

They If I said ” She saw the Old Wooden Crate sitting in the corner covered with Dust and Cobwebs. It looked well worn, there was only a trace of the red letters that had probably shown brightly when it was new. In it appeared to be the Antique Books I was looking for!” Can you see just what I want you to see?

You have to let your imagination go, you are their eyes. You have to get their imaginations going. THAT’S why you hear people say I liked the book a lot better than the Movie. When I read, I feel like I am actually in the Book the Author-Created, I can see it. Isn’t that what a Great Book is? Think about It!

There are many more things that will help you create the book that is in your mind, until next time,

                                                                                                               Practice, Practice, Practice

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