First of all, know that I am not qualified to teach writing.
However, while I am not qualified as a writing teacher I am a highly qualified reader and I’m guessing in my life I’ve read more than most people in the various genres. I’m addicted to words, pure and simple. And my time spent in the world of marketing helped me develop a different set of skills to guide myself through a creative writing process. So, I’m going to pass a few thoughts along to you here today.
Rule one – Just write. don’t agonize over each word or sentence trying to get it right.Time for that later.
Rule two – Write some more. Stay focused on your story and nothing else.
Rule three – Don’t edit while your creative juices are flowing, you could stop the flow.
Rule four – Just write. Let your brain do the walking with your fingers.
Rule five – Just write. Allow yourself to slip into another place (and time) let your imagination lead you.
Final Rule – If you noticed a theme going on, that’s because there is one. The more you write the more you become a writer. You’ll make many grammatical errors, typos and will want to know much more about the basics such as plot, character development, and so on. But the most important rule of all is to get the words down. You can figure out the rest later!
One additional note, many of the very famous authors that we know of, did not have any formal writing classes when they started writing and publishing their work. It turned out pretty good for them!
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Great tips, Penny. I guess the hardest for me is the natural editing. Can’t help it I suppose because of my educational nature even though it was mathematics and science not language arts. Got to retrain myself, as you so well put it, to be able to just get the words on the table so to speak and polish it later. ❤
There you go! 🙂
I find it so hard to turn off my internal editor. It must be the tidy, neat-freak in me 🙂
I too tend to want to edit throughout the process, being the anal person I am. 😉 I am going to try your approach. Thanks!
I’m so not a writer but I loved your advice! To me you are a writer. Have a great day, Penny! Hugs Paula xxx
Most valued post for its aspirants. Well explained.
All these are very valuable, Penny. Thank you for these:)
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Important rules to keep in mind while writing..JUST let the Creative juices flow … read on
hey penny , thanks for this post . Now i know what mistakes i was making .Totally reblogging this 🙂
Thank you, remember when you’re being creative and when you write – enjoy the process! Creativity should be a joy of expression, whenever possible! 🙂 xx
yes will keep that in mind. Earlier i would edit the content side by side and now thanks to your post , i have learned to just let the creative juices flow 🙂
Oh just excellent, so happy to hear this! )
Thanks for the tips dear Penny…love reading your posts here..so good to know you via blogging community
Hello Kavita, a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for following me.
I start by re-reading and editing… it’s how my creative juices actually get started… I’ve also read a lot of people saying that you should write at the same time each day because it helps to prep your mind…
Thank you Richard. It’s fascinating how each person comes up with a method that seems to work for them. One of the things I love about writing independently, I’m my own boss (own worse critic also, lol) 🙂
Makes sense to me (I say that because when my creative juices start to flow – my grammar gets shot out the door 😉 )
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
Just makes your written words more colorful, RoSy! 🙂 xo
just right !
Thank you Bill!
Great post Penny. 🙂
Thank you very much! 🙂
I can’t help but review after every few paragraphs. This is probably because I’m new to creative writing and I’m very conscious of not making what I write seem clunky or amateurish. However, I am beginning to develop a habit of writing something, reading it, liking it, reading it again, liking it a bit less, reading it again and hating it. Think I start to see faults everywhere. Just need to write and review less often.
Hi Paul, sounds like you’re in the process of figuring this out. It will get easier for you to set a piece aside for a spell, and then come back to it with fresh eyes. and we’re always our own worse critic. I’m guessing you may be a little bit hard on yourself!
Makes a lot of sense.. I find when I try to ‘think’ too much about poetry form, rhyme, rhythm, line count, etc…. I tend to lose my train of thought easily and instead of focusing on ‘content’…. I’m focusing on rules of structured poetry. I suppose the same is true no matter what you’re writing.
Great post as always! xxxx
Thanks Roxi, I agree it is so tempting to stop and check on things. I really had to retrain myself to think the other way. And there are those writers out there that do very well who edit as they go. I personally think getting the essence down first is important! And those wonderful times when it just seems to come out the way you want it from the get go! Love those! xo
Super inspiring post Penny! I for one follow all your rules here….. Truly!
Loved this so much! Thank youxxxx❤RL with love and hugs
Thank you Robyn. I know that you know with your own marketing background a project happens in the following way: Idea generation, development and then clean-up/tighten up, edit. But always saving the edit for last! Big hugs and lots of love, xo
^_^ Wow. Thank you for your tips, Penny
My pleasure Yoshiko. Some times we spend too much time worrying over “what and how” instead of just doing! Have a pleasant week my friend!
I think so. Wish you have a pleasant week also, my friend 🙂
You’re very welcome Yoshiko, I hope it was some value to you!
Of course ^_^
Great advice Penny. Thank you
Thank you Alastair! 🙂 xx
I think I will take your advice and not edit until I am finished. I do lose my flow sometime by changing something around.
I used to be a nut about editing every single sentence I wrote and reediting and so forth. When I started to write a lot more (in a work environment) time and deadlines became an issue and slowly I changed to a different format. It works much better, at least for me, Alastair. 🙂 xx
Cool 🙂 I’ve been thinking about writing more so I will definitely have to try adjust mine
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A very good lesson in writing.
Thank you very much. Works for me, lol!
Thank you very much!