Do you have dreams of publishing a book? Maybe you’re just looking for a fun new hobby? Want to know how to become a creative writer?
I’ve been writing since I was eight years old, so I have a lot of experience in this area. Becoming a creative writer is mostly about taking action, but you’ve got to lay a foundational mindset. Here’s how to do it:
Decide what form you’d like to try writing.
Are you interested in poetry or novels? Do you want to try short stories or some short creative non-fiction? All of these forms are a lot of fun to experiment in and they have all their own rules. Do a little bit of internet research to learn about their differences and see what sparks your interest.
Find your idea.
What are you going to write about? If you don’t already have an idea, there are so many places to find one! Grab some inspiration from a magazine, or a picture, or in nature, or your dreams! Ask yourself ‘what if’ questions – “What if dogs could talk?” – and write that story. Go people watching and find someone that catches your eye – what’s their story?
Sit down and write.
Here’s where the action part comes in. It’s all well and good to say, “I want to be a creative writer,” but it won’t really happen until you actually try to write something. Pen and paper, laptop, or old-school type-writer, it doesn’t matter how it happens, it just matters that you sit down somewhere and write! You might need to give yourself some time to warm up or get in the zone. Try turning on some inspirational music, or get cozy with a hot beverage.
Write again and again and again – aka practice!
Unless creative writing really wasn’t your jam, don’t just do it once and give up! Practice! You only get better by continuing to write and experiment.
Creative writing doesn’t have to become a side hustle if you don’t want it to. It can be a fun way for you to unwind or express yourself – like journaling, but more dramatic. Good luck on your creative writing journey, writer!