First of all, a good writer should learn how to write well for either fiction or non-fiction stories to be able to create well-written stories. Some writing work needs basic writing techniques, but other literary works need creative writing techniques, which are not simple, unlike the basic ones.
Therefore, it is necessary to consider two major aspects before doing creative writing, such as the definition of creative writing and how to do it.
What is Creative Writing?
Three types of writing with their own definitions you may have heard are academic writing, journalistic writing, and creative writing. Creative writing itself is a process of work which is different from the other writing types, such as magazine, journalism, and report.
It can be an arts writing involving the process of expressing ideas, suggestions, thoughts, and writers’ creative imaginations to catch readers’ attention.
Creative writing, in general, aims to catch readers’ attention and amuse them; therefore, it relies on the writer’s ability to build up readers’ imaginations. In addition, a creative writer requires thorough research and writing ability to produce wonderful creative writing.
How to Do Creative Writing
Here are some tips to consider producing standout creative writing:
Make use of humans’ senses
You can make use of humans’ senses in your writing to lead readers to their imaginations and to recollect past events. Writers usually tend to use the senses of sight, touch, and hearing.
Apply a descriptive technique
The descriptive technique aims to add impressions to events, suggestions, and ideas being able to let readers imagine the situations in the written story.
Avoid using adjectives
In creative writing, try to avoid the use of adjectives and change them with more fun phrases in a sentence. For instance, instead of the sentence “That man smells”, we had better paraphrase it with “That woman always closes her nose when she is around that man in black jacket”.
Always use nouns
The next tip is using more attractive nouns to address names of someone, place, and other objects in the writing. For example, the word ‘dog’ is changed to ‘the bark’.
Avoid using adverbs of time, place, and manner because such omissions can help create more catchy writing, e.g., instead of ‘Nia’s husband has worked hard’, the writer can use more fascinating phrases as ‘Nia’s husband has worked non-stop without resting’.
Use metaphors and comparisons
Metaphors are a language style to compare one object to another which is not closely related for the purpose of describing an object more clearly and attracting readers’ attention. Writing in comparisons is a great, creative method to add new dimensions and depths to your writing.
Research before writing
This step is to find and interpret facts before writing either fiction or nonfiction stories.
Find more ideas
You need to find more and more ideas to write by reading references, traveling around, going on holidays, participating in community events, attending concerts, and doing other activities to build your imaginations.
Deciding clear directions
The next tip is deciding clear directions for your writing by thinking of other branches from the related topic you write.
Express emotions in the writing
It is one of the ways to express your current feeling and to communicate someone’s feeling of anger, sadness, and happiness with attractive words in the writing.
Create specific writing
Writers should create more specific, clear writing to get readers understand the topic easily and the writing result will attract more audience’s attractions as well.
Write at the right time
Set up your best time for writing in order to concentrate fully to avoid having trouble arranging words, for example, in the morning after you get up or in the evening when people stop working, and so on because it is hard to develop ideas when you write at hectic times.
Create an interesting title
A title should summarize the main ideas of a book or an article and catch readers’ attention at first glance.
Never exaggerate stories
You may never exaggerate your stories because such exaggerations bore your readers quickly.
Make thorough check-ups upon completing your writing
Try to reread and revise inaccurate ways of writing by adding words, omitting words, changing the language styles, observing characters and themes, and other revisions to create more interesting work.
Create authentic work
Most importantly, you have to produce authentic stories because your unique, original stories can be the best opportunity to get your work publicly recognized.
Finally, those are the brief explanations and some tips to write more creatively and attractively. You may use this article for your reference of creative writing.