I'm getting back into writing (always been into it, just really pushing myself now), and it's no secret that I love writing books that help guide you on your path. I'm currently reading this:
|How to Be A Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play - Barbara Baig|
One of the main ones, is "free-writing." I've done this before, many times, but I don't think I've ever truly done it correctly. The key is to keep on writing and she gives you a time frame of ten minutes. You can never stop the pencil/pen from moving for those ten minutes. You can write whatever. It doesn't matter! And no one will ever see this. But through doing this practice, will help generate ideas, and will eventually help you concentrate more efficiently when writing.
Barbara explains that "practice is key" and writing is no different. How else will you get better, if you don't practice it? You should be writing a little bit each day, and that's when I become a little bit angry at myself. I can't only write when I feel "inspired," because when that disappears for a little while and you enter the terrible territory of Writer's Block, then you just stop all together. Or at least I have.
I'm really letting my mind flow and getting back into this seems extremely natural. I'm a very creative person, but I think I'm trying too hard to write something that "hasn't been done before." Instead, I should write about what I love. I just wanted something refreshing and new; something that people hadn't seen a lot of.
I read these children's books, and it opens the door to this world, a world that you wish you lived in and could join. I want my readers to feel that same draw.
But guess the answer is practice, practice, and more practice.
Through free-writing, I hope to gain some ideas as well as my surroundings.
What's the best way you all generate new ideas? Fresh material? I've heard dreams really can help that as well and I've actually woken up from a dream and started writing down everything. It was great material actually! I think when you try too hard to find something you're looking for, you'll never find it. It's when you stop and just look at the beauty around, that you can see what you've been looking for is right in front of you.