Creative Writing: Getting Started
I normally discuss writing tips as they pertain to blogging. Today, however, I thought I’d touch on the differences between creative writing and blogging. A typical blog post conveys information in a concise fashion. It’s filled with facts and maybe a few opinions but it gets straight to the point. Creative writing, on the other hand, generates emotions and feelings in the reader. A bit of creative writing can turn a dry, boring blog post into an engaging work of art.
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Now, how many times have you told someone, “You should write a book!” And how many times has someone said that to you? If you’ve ever tried it, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Many people think that because they read a lot and they enjoy writing they should just be able to sit down and write a best seller, but that’s not how it works. Plots have to be outlined, characters have to be generated, story lines need to be developed. There are entire college courses devoted to creative writing and very few people are born with the ability to sit down and write an award winning novel right off the bat, no matter how well-read they are.
And very few bloggers turn out viral blog content the first time they sit down to write.
But there are some creative writing activities you can incorporate into your blogging routine that will help make your content more exciting and engaging. Let’s take a look…
Develop the writing habit: There are bound to be days when you don’t feel like writing but generally it’s like going to the gym. No one likes to get up and head out to the gym every day but once you get there you’re glad you forced yourself to get moving and you feel energized once you get started exercising. Soon, it just becomes a regular habit.
Develop a writing habit the same way. Set aside a specific time each day to sit down and write and force yourself to stick to it if you have to. If you don’t know what to write, just start writing the first thing that comes to your mind. Let yourself ramble about the page and if you’re like me, in about 11-14 minutes (Honestly!) you’ll be amped up for blogging.
Develop a reading habit: Start reading more and pay attention to what trips your emotional trigger. You don’t enjoy reading an encyclopedia and your readers probably don’t either. But what type of writing do you enjoy? Watch for catchy phrases you can incorporate into your blog content or notice how a writer uses language to make you feel excited and eager to keep turning the page.
Expand your vocabulary: On one of my blogs I used to include a weekly “Word of the Day” post where I discussed a new word I’d tripped over that week. Sometimes it was industry jargon but more often than not it was just a new word that I found intriguing. For example, one of my favorite words is “Enthusiasm” and Ray Bradbury created a whole character around that one single word. It’s fascinating! (Which is also another of my favorite words.)
If you blog with “enthusiasm” and incorporate bits of creative writing into your blog posts, your readers will be “fascinated” with your content and your blog will become a best-selling blog in not time.
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