But the truth is that writers work at it, with a set, disciplined routine that demands daily writing and revising.
If you want to write, you can’t wait for the mood to strike you, or for a muse to float into your dreams. Find a routine that suits you, mark it in your daily schedule, and get it done.
She is the author of 'Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays' for Kamera Books' Creative Essentials range and its follow ups on 'Drama Screenplays' and 'Diverse Characters'.
Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.
By reading extensively and practicing your craft, you can become a talented and well-versed writer in your chosen field. Hay is an author, script editor and blogger who helps other writers through writing workshops, courses, and her blog Bang2Write.
How To Be Good At Creative Writing
Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.However you relate to it, creative writing can be an enjoyable, rewarding craft. Whether creative writing falls outside of your comfort zone, or you aren’t sure how to get started, or you’re just working through a nasty case of writer’s block, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your craft. Sure, at any time you could sit down and, having never read a poem, write a book of poems, or having never read a novel, write your own out of thin air, but here’s the thing: they would probably be awful.If you want to be a great writer, or even just a marginally good writer, you have to read.Writing is a skill, and like any skill, you have to practice it constantly if you want to be any good at it. Meet others who are writers or who are interested in writing (especially if their interests are similar to yours).This doesn't; mean, however, that you should just keep dumping words into your computer day in-day out and expect to grow. A number of noteworthy books address the subject of craft, and how you can work to develop yours. Some speak to specific audiences and some to more general audiences. Discuss your projects, their projects, what you’ve been reading, and where you’ve been submitting.This can be hard at first, but the more you do it, the more your momentum builds, and the easier it becomes.If you have trouble sticking to a routine, there are plenty of organizational and productivity tools that can help. People generally don’t enjoy reading things that are obscure, whether this effect was achieved on purpose or accidentally.Many writers keep a running bibliography of sources and reference texts that they’ve come across in their research. Remember, even if you’re writing make-believe, it still needs to be believable. Don’t get hung up on Shakespeare or Christopher Marlowe.Those writers had rules, values, tastes, and entire worldviews that supported their creative processes. Write in your own time, your own culture and most importantly, your own voice.Find a style and tone that reflects the most authentic version of yourself, even when you’re writing fictional characters and events.It’s one of the most important steps in creating your own world with your writing. We love the romantic notion that writers produce books in a creative frenzy after being struck by a sudden flash of brilliance.