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How to Stimulate Creative Writing

There may be a great many outwith the writing game who genuinely believe that creative writers just sit down at their desk or PC and write. They will genuinely believe that the writer performs his task just as anyone else will start their job in the morning and write constantly and consistently for a predetermined period of time. If only such were the case, there would be a great many more writing millionaires than there are presently and a great many more quality novels on the market!

Creative writing is a talent which many people have but very few can turn it on in the manner described above. There are some writers indeed for whom the creative process is a constant struggle and a fight almost to get the quality words down on paper or on their screen. There is no foolproof method for enhancing this process. Very often the writer simply has to wait out the blank periods until inspiration strikes but fortunately there are some few ways in which he can, if not actually jump start the process, at least stimulate it and increase the chances of getting it moving.

It is not just having inspirational ideas which the creative writer depends upon but finding the necessary words and organising them in such a fashion as he likes and the piece which he is writing demands is equally important to the whole process. The writer may have plenty of ideas but is just not inspired enough to phrase them in quite the way which he would like. The principal causes for this situation occurring for creative writers, in my opinion, is that external influences are affecting his mood and disturbing or disrupting his thought processes.

It may be simply that the writer is tired. In which case, the prescribed resolution is of course an early night and a fresh start the next day. If, however, it is a problem in another aspect of his life which is distracting the writer, the best course of action he can take is to where possible address that problem before returning to his writing. If that is not possible, he is going to have to try to compartmentalise his thought processes and shove the problem to the side in the interim.

If the creative writer is writing perhaps about a particular place or destination and he is having trouble getting creative, he may choose to visit the place about which he is attempting to write. For example, if he is sitting in a dull, inner city flat attempting to write about a countryside locale, he may find it helpful to at least get out of the city in an attempt to get the creative writing process moving. On occasion, even the very act of changing his scenery can stimulate the writer in the desired way. It is often said that a change is as good as a rest.

The bottom line for the writer in getting the creative writing process moving is that although he is not guaranteed by any means to succeed, he must try to determine what would help him in this respect and take the required action at the earliest possible opportunity.

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