“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us.” -Don DeLillo
Creative writing is about more than just facts. It’s about conveying thoughts and emotions. Professional writers often don’t know how to insert more creativity into their work to effectively get their message across to readers. When writing is a daily task, it is easy to fall into a rut. Here are 3 tips to help you learn how to be more creative in your writing.
How to Be More Creative in Your Writing: 3 Tips
- Embrace Your Writing Quirks
All writers have a different process for tackling creative writing. Do what feels best for you and remember that keeping odd habits or having a preferred place to work is the norm. Everyone creates differently. Find a space where you feel the most comfortable writing and if it works for you, embrace strange habits: maybe it’s writing your novel out of order.
- Banish Willpower
Researchers have found our brain only has a finite amount of willpower stored in reserves for use throughout the day. Using all of your willpower early in the morning to control your other habits may be placing a drain on your creativity without giving it time to recharge. Use your willpower to sit down and begin creative writing, not telling yourself you don’t need to have the mocha with extra whipped cream.
- Observe Your Surroundings
While you may do the bulk of your creative writing in one place, try to observe your surroundings around town to gain inspiration. Carry a notebook or write yourself electronic notes throughout the day about what you observe and how it makes you feel. Getting new information from a different environment is an easy way to be more creative in your writing.
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