Although creativity is essential for all writers, few writers take the time to learn how to be creative on demand.
Too often, writers say that they have “no imagination.” Every writer is imaginative. Moreover, it’s vital that you exercise your creativity and imagination — otherwise they atrophy.
Here’s why you need to build creative processes into your day.
Reasons you need to build creativity into your day
- It’s fun. At times, writing can seem like drudgery — you want to get away from your desk. You procrastinate, which leads to all kinds of problems. Playing (all creativity is play) eliminates the drudgery.
- Knowing that you can be creative on demand gives you confidence: in self-publishing, in working with clients, no matter what the task. You’ll have the confidence to take on larger, more lucrative projects.
- You’ll be more productive, and that productivity translates into income.
- You’ll prevent burn out. I’ve managed to burn out several times — incredibly stressful, and not fun.
Want to be more confident? Whenever writers complain to me that they lack confidence, I give them a few creative processes. Nothing builds confidence like creativity.
Creativity builds your confidence in your writing
I get questions from writers every day. These questions arise because the writer lacks confidence:
- How do I (get new clients, charge more, sell my books…)
- What if (whatever) doesn’t sell?
- How do I become a full-time writer?
- (Someone) said that (whatever…), what do you think?
Funny story. Going back a couple of years, I’d get at least one question a week about how to manage nasty comments on a blog. Of course, there’s only one solution: it’s your blog, your home, moderate the comments. Delete nastiness, and block impolite users.
Invariably, unconfident bloggers would ask: yes, but what about free speech? Well… people can have all the free speech they can handle on their own blog, not on yours.
Amazingly, even bloggers who’d been blogging for a few years, and should have known better, bleated about “free speech.” Heh…
Today the thinking is that bloggers are legally liable for their posts, including comments, so you’d better police them. When something’s on your blog, it’s on your blog. You can have all the disclaimers you like, but it’s still your blog.
A confident writer wouldn’t even bother asking about nasty comments, he’d delete them without giving it a second thought.
A confident writer wouldn’t ask about how to get clients, how to become a full-time writer, et al. On the contrary. He’d leap on the question with delight, treating it as a creative exercise. And he’d figure out an answer, which was right for him at that time.
No one knows you as well as YOU do.
You don’t know what you can write until you write it
A quote from one of my favorite authors, E.M. Forster:
“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
Unfortunately, there’s a school of thought which says that to be a successful writer, you need to be “talented.” Here’s the thing. Talent, like creativity, builds the more you do something.
I’ve worked with brilliant students, who were innately talented writers; it availed them nothing. They wrote little, then they quit. My theory about why gifted writers quit is that they didn’t use creative processes. They have no idea how to trigger inspiration, and they allow their emotions to rule their writing.
When you understand creativity, you can sit down without an idea in your head, and write. Moreover what you wrote will almost certainly be much better than if you’d slaved for a week over it.
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