Creative Writing Tips #1: Just Write

Hey everyone! So I’ve had requests to talk about how to really enhance your writing abilities. While I feel writing is a process of constant growth, kick-starting that process can seem difficult and imposing. I’m here to help, and these blogs will hopefully inspire you to improve your writing skills. Now, I want you to know that I’ll be teaching you how to write more socially. This is NOT an English class. There won’t be any grammar lessons, unless they truly help to enhance audience understanding.

It is my hope that through all of this, you will feel inspired to begin your own blog or maybe even try your hand at writing a novel. You’ll be able to write as an art, and not as a necessity. You’ll be able to use words as an outlet to express your feelings, ideals, and inspirations.

The first lesson? Simple. Just sit down, and write. I’m serious. You’ve heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” right? You need to begin to feel comfortable inside of your own mind and words. Many times the transfer of ideas from mind to paper is something that can only improve with time.

In order to write effectively, you must hone your own personal style. You must figure out yourself how you chain words together in order to inspire your audience to feel emotions.

Proof? Well just look at my writings. Let me take you ALL the way back to the beginning of my blog. If you looked at it, do you see how much more my writing resonates with it’s audience now than it did even just seven months ago, when A Link to the Matt began? You’ll find yourself naturally getting better as time goes on, just like with this blog.

So what’s your first assignment? I want you to talk about your feelings about at least one of these topics. Answer these questions as if you’re talking to me, or a friend.

1. What’s your opinion of love? Does it exist? Are you in love? How do you know?

2. Why do you think bad thing happen in the world? Pain, sickness, catastrophes, death, war? Why isn’t the world perfect?

Like I said, answer one of these deep, imposing questions. Just keep on writing, and gain some experience exploring the depths of your own mind. It doesn’t have to be good. You can write these on notebook paper, in a word document, or better yet in the comments section.

There is no harm in writing. Don’t be scared of the text that comes out. Write it. Mold it. Make it distinctly you. You may just find you are much more insightful than even you think.

 

 

 

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.

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