I will be straight with you and tell you that very few people just start writing and straight away produce great results.
THE MYTH – OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
We’ve all heard the stories about writers who find immediate success. The reason they make headlines however, is that they are rare.
In reality, it takes practice and a great deal of thought to become a good writer. That’s why you should stop that procrastinating and start now.
EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLE
Think of creativity as a muscle and like any muscle, creativity requires exercise if it is to become strong. We all know we should exercise our bodies to maintain our health, so why not our minds?
I truly believe in the power of creative writing exercises and that’s why I wrote my book ‘Practical Creative Writing Exercises.’
If you enjoy the exercises here on the site, you will enjoy the book even more. It’s a book for people who genuinely want to develop their writing skills.
TAP INTO CREATIVITY
I have used these experiments with writing students for years and they always work. Writing exercises are the fastest way to tap into your creativity and imagination.
The more often you do the exercises the greater success you will have. I suggest starting by making some half hour appointments to write – in your diary.
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
Claim this time for yourself and sit down and write. Don’t miss an appointment, and tell anyone around not to interrupt you. This is your life and your time. Keep it precious.
View each exercise as an experiment, a very personal experiment. You are trying to discover which exercise triggers the ideas you most want to develop.
There are no right or wrong answers – just your answers. If you develop one idea and find yourself less than enthusiastic, or stuck then just try another one.
There are no rules either and it is important when you try the exercises to feel free. Tell yourself that nobody will ever read what you write.
SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC
Telling yourself this frees you from your mental editor, or that dastardly inner critic, and you will be pleased with what a great difference it makes to your writing.
You will feel freer, your writing will flow and you will become more creative. Soon you will find ideas occurring even when you are not thinking about writing.
I wish you all the best of luck with your writing. Let me know if you have any problems and I will do my best to help.