A lot of people out there think that creative writing is easy. Pick up a pen, write some random words and voilà you have creative writing. Others think that it requires excessive scrutiny, fixing words, phrases and grammar until you have the perfect manuscript or poem. It’s debatable which of these is true. Maybe both are true but for some of us it’s not so easy to decide just how to focus your writing. Should you study and study until you understand all the forms or should you just let your passion guide you and revise it later.
I would suggest a mixture of both.
You see many writers walk the fine line between focussing on their writing projects and leaving their mind open for new projects.
Sometimes you can end up stumbling over several different projects until you have no idea which to focus on.
Well here’s a tip:
It sounds so simple but it isn’t.
Yes, you can start new projects while working on one already but if the work starts piling up then maybe you should write down the idea for later. It can be hard to hold back your instincts if you have an idea you’re excited about but if you’re constantly starting and not finishing projects then pick the one you’re most passionate about (which is usually the one you’ve spent the most time on anyway) and work on completing it.
Isaac Asimov apparently had at least four typewriters around his apartment with different writing projects. He published over a whopping 500 books. But since I’m not Isaac Asimov, I have two computers and usually work on a major novel and sometimes one or two side-projects.
For more writing tips on getting organized and starting writing projects see:
- What are other names for a creative writing club? (creativewriting504.wordpress.com)
- Great aliens, rubber humans: Isaac Asimov’s The Gods Themselves (tor.com)
- What famous author suggested writing in public to get ideas and/or improve concentration? (ask.metafilter.com)
- Paying Attention to My Own Life, until 6pm (curtissannmatlock.wordpress.com)