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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.


Let's say your a professional writer and someone come up to you and ask for advice on how to write creatively. What would you personally say to that person? How helpful are you when it comes to giving advice? What do you do?


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Explaining to someone how to write is pretty well impossible to do. There are countless books out there, written by well-known and obscure authors alike, that all try to do the same thing, but what it comes down to is page after page of "how to write to my expectations." If you can write, you can write; if you can't, you can't--find a new hobby.

Also, I am horrible at giving advice; I can only convey my opinion.
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PandAndy wrote:

"how to write to my expectations." If you can write, you can write; if you can't, you can't--find a new hobby.

Also, I am horrible at giving advice; I can only convey my opinion.


I'll take it.
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I would tell them that no idea is stupid, if you have a creative mind go with it , you don't know where it might take you
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Midnightspell wrote:

I would tell them that no idea is stupid, if you have a creative mind go with it , you don't know where it might take you


Have you ever came across a book where the idea/plot was stupid?
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I would tell them that they shouldn't be afraid to fail over and over again for years until they finally find an audience that resonates with their writing, at which point they should milk it for years.

I have read books with terrible plots, ideas, and other nasty things. The worst would probably be ones with heavy-handed political messages based on the author's personal preferences, but some people still dig those books apparently.
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Don't filter yourself, trust your instincts and be prepared for what comes with it; whether it's failure or success.
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Be prepared to sacrifice everything for the promise of recognition. An idea is only as strong as the writers will and dedication, you must learn to fail in order to only ever create perfection for those who can accept it.
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If you don't have an innate writing ability, take classes to refine your skills. Optimally, you'll want to be both, although this isn't always possible. Ultimately, you will find that either you are successful or you aren't. A successful career as a writer may or may not be in your stars. If the latter is the case, you may have to go into something else.
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I think there are two ways to go about writing. One is personal - exploring and enjoying the ride. It's fun for the author, but odds are high that it doesn't result in a final product (or at least one worth showing off). Other is the boring way - figure out the whole story right away, make an outline, and then proceed to fill in the details. Odds of a finished product are much better, because you can always throw stuff on paper, ask if it gets you closer to or farther from the main goals, and then go from there.

And there's the age-old saying: write about what you know. But I don't think it's that people can't research and figure things out... rather, there's just a time element involved. I'm sure I could write about Russian ballet if I really wanted to; it would just take me tons of research (and I might have to put on some ballet shoes) before I could handle it with any kind of competence. I think any decent writing will need research anyway, so it's best not to make the burden too large.

Finally, there's always the balancing act between what the author wants and what the audience wants. I don't think there's a right way to balance it - the important thing is to just stay mindful of this. Note: I'm not exactly a creative writer, so take this all with a grain of salt.

(edited for grammar, lol)
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Dark, depressing, different, odd, funny, romantic, adventurous, a little confusing yes , but stupid no. Some people have more creative minds than others, some are better at expressing their creative minds through writing than others are, but I believe that if someone generally believes and puts effort into their work than it is not stupid. It is their imagination on paper , yes some will dislike the book or piece, but that doesn't mean it's a fail, because there will be people out there that will like it and be able to understand and connect with the characters and experience the emotions and feelings that the characters feel and even perhaps the author felt when he/she wrote the story.
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Try to think of a small writing prompt every day and write a paragraph or more on that topic.

Just like anything else, if you practice creative writing often enough you will improve your skills.

Also keeping a journal helps.
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Advice for someone who wants to write creatively? Stop talking about it and go do it. AKA "Writers write."
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Midnightspell wrote:


Dark, depressing, different, odd, funny, romantic, adventurous, a little confusing yes , but stupid no. Some people have more creative minds than others, some are better at expressing their creative minds through writing than others are, but I believe that if someone generally believes and puts effort into their work than it is not stupid. It is their imagination on paper , yes some will dislike the book or piece, but that doesn't mean it's a fail, because there will be people out there that will like it and be able to understand and connect with the characters and experience the emotions and feelings that the characters feel and even perhaps the author felt when he/she wrote the story.



Alright then.
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What I would do is learn the practicality behind writing(for instance, improve my vocabulary, syntax etc) and just fuck around with the creative part(by that I mean write, write and write more). Time and dedication is the only way to be good at something.

If you have tried different stuff, but nothing works, or you feel frustrated, take a break. Also, I recommend reading The War of Art, it may help you gain some insight into your creative process.
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