The dream for most creative writers is to be published and to be successful, but sometimes that goal can overshadow the deeper satisfactions of creative writing. Here’s two common issues that most writers will worry about at some time and that often come when trying to rush your projects:
1. Taking Breaks from Writing.
Creative writing for some is just a career and a source of income but for others is something they will do regardless of whether anyone is reading it or not. Many writers start out writing for fun while sometimes writing is a way of being able to understand and express complex parts of society through a medium that allows for sufficient exploration. The issue that concerns me about writing in the 21st Century is that books seems to be produced faster than ever. Some people are just fast writers and that’s fine but I do worry that many books are rushed. Words and phrases like `writer’s block’ and `procrastination’ are used with tips and lists in order to overcome them. I use these myself and often used to think that I was supposed to believe in and write about these concepts. I believe now, however, that these are concepts which focus towards a push for speed rather than for quality in the writing process. Creativity is something difficult to grasp as a concept. It cannot be measured and it is hard to pinpoint and therefore doesn’t fit nicely into a competitive or monetary view of writing.
I’m not saying that no one needs money to survive or that people never put off writing something. I’m saying that sometimes you might have to wait a while to get something written. You might start writing, stop for a while to get more ideas, think about it again later and then go back to it. This is normal. Days, weeks, sometimes even months can be a normal break period in writing, especially with longer projects such as novels. The point is that creative writing is something that you’ll find you enjoy more if you keep it at a pace you prefer. I don’t know about most other writers but my brain needs time to think and time to play as well as time to work. Many times in life you’ll have deadlines, such as in education or work but when you don’t have deadlines, you don’t need to force yourself into one.
2. Forgetting Good Ideas
Many writers worry that all their good ideas come to them when they can’t record them and that they will forget them. This is a fear that treats the conscious part of the brain as the most important function in writing. I don’t really worry about this much as I know that the unconscious brain plays a large part in creative writing and that what you do remember is usually enough. Sure you probably should write down any ideas that you definitely want to use and don’t want to forget but you’ll usually find that some ideas will elude you while others will pop up when you least expect them. Sometimes, on reflection what seems like a good idea at the time may turn out later on to be a bad one and I’m glad for some of the forgotten `inspirations’ that may have seemed great ideas at the time. Also remember that many of your ideas for writing often work themselves out in the back of your mind when you aren’t focussing on the problem, and may come back to you in the form of dreams or unexpected turns in your writing. The ideas that you will follow will usually be the ones that keep bugging you or that keep exciting you and that seem to demand to be written. Just like with the first worry, sometimes you just have to be patient and work the way you work best and with the ideas that you do remember.
All in all just remember that creative writing is something individual and not something that has to be rushed to work (unless you can’t wait to write it down).
- The fun creative writing club (henleyreview.wordpress.com)
- Creative Writing class (rossstories.wordpress.com)
- Lots and lots of writing (brownygirl.wordpress.com)
- Sunday’s Scribble: Prompts, Inspiration, and the First Hurdle (playingjokers.wordpress.com)
- Creative resources for Creative Writing (mkteachingandlearning.wordpress.com)
- Develop Creative Writing Skills and Contacts at Antioch Writers’ Workshop, July 6-12, in Yellow Springs, Ohio (prweb.com)