“Write Rite” – How to Write Creatively (from Online Creative Writing Course)

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Article Title: “Write Rite” – How to Write Creatively (from Online Creative Writing Course)
Author: Craig Lock
Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Hints/Tips, Creative Writing Course

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The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://www.craigswritingarticles and his various other blogs are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig!)

Publishing Guidelines:
We hope that the following article, which is an
extract from our online creative writing course may be informative and helpful to your e-zine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others “out there” in any way, then we’re happy. This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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“WRITE RITE” # – HOW TO WRITE CREATIVELY
(Extracted from Online Writing Course)

# Oops – sounds funny that phrase!

“I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this.”
– Cormac McCarthy

“It took me 15 years to find out that I had no talent for writing, but by then I couldn’t give it up, because by then I was
too famous to give up.”
– Robert Benchley

I hope the following information may be helpful to you in writing creatively and getting published… as to be a published writer is one of the most rewarding occupations and pastimes – creatively and perhaps even financially.

I find writing a very satisfying and enjoyable activity using one’s creative “juices”. However, I can’t each you how to write, let alone how to be a writer. All I can do is give you some tips and guidelines, which hopefully will make it a lot easier…if that is what you really want to do. They are all based on what I have learnt by doing it myself
– usually through the long process of trial and error. I hope they are interesting and helpful to you in your quest to be a writer.

There are no ABC’s in writing. Having the ability to put words down on paper is only the beginning to writing. There is a great deal more to be learned on the techniques.

There is a huge market for creative work. As a result of enormous demand, editors and publishers are continually on the lookout for new writers and fresh ideas. Freelance writers can earn good fees and royalties. However, I found that one has to specialise and make decisions: either write books or articles for “maggies”.

What is the size of the market? There are over 50000 magazines and newspapers published in English world wide, including the gate-way to the Asian market in Singapore. Incidentally, I believe the Far East is the growth area for English books in the future. Thousands of fiction and non-fiction books are published each year, as well as countless radio and television scripts. There are also numerous stage plays performed throughout the world. So you can see that there are enormous outlets for your
writing – especially if you have more than a touch of talent…and I’m sure many of you do.

“I just write what I write. There is this tremendous drive to communicate. You want to get inside the readers skin, their mind and heart. and challenge that person, move that person, open their eyes to things they maybe hadn’t thought of before.”

– Paul Auster (author of ‘Sunset Park’)

Once you have learned how to write for these markets, you should have no difficulty selling your work.

Don’t give up after rejection follows rejection. Whatever you do, PERSEVERE. Remember perseverance and not talent is often the difference between a published and an unpublished writer.

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I believe that writing is a skill, which like other artistic skills, you can learn and develop with practice. Just like a sportsman or artisan, the
more you write, the better you will become. So write as often as you can. I definitely feel that my writing abilities have improved dramatically in the last two* long years, since I have totally dedicated myself to the pursuit.
* Now seventeen!

“My writing mission is through my words to inform, illuminate, entertain, uplift, delight, as well as hopefully even inspiring people. I aim to do this by sharing my knowledge and life experiences – through supporting, encouraging and empowering others to be the best person they can possibly be.”

“I truly want to let the light shine through my words to impact and help others…to inspire people throughout our (sometimes happy and sometimes dark and sad, yet always beautiful and magical) world.”

I do not think that an aspiring writer needs any special educational qualifications or background to be a writer. Writers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. Look at me! My father was a life assurance salesman, then rose to executive. The only family link is my grandfather Billy, who was a sports journalist.

Sorry about all the “eyes” in the above paragraphs, but this author didn’t know how to get his points across any other way. Then use your creative imagination better, craig!

Because writing is a relatively easy and inexpensive pursuit to get into, nearly everyone has the same opportunities. However, how far you go will largely depend upon your own creative talent and application. Also how much you really DESIRE to be a writer.
NB: DETERMINATION and PERSISTENCE more than anything else will get you there. I believe that most people will find abundant amounts of these qualities within them. If you look hard enough and are really tested. But only once they have found what it is that they really want to do with their lives. Hopefully there’ll be more writers around in the future, because they are “the eyes of the world”. Writers give the reader a different view of life; so that you see the world through the unique perspective
of the author. Enough on that subject. I’ve written plenty about it in my book ‘Steps to Success, Prosperity and Happiness’ already. Plug plug!

“I just write what I write. There is this tremendous drive to communicate. You want to get inside the readers skin, their mind and heart. and challenge that person, move that person, open their eyes to things they maybe hadn’t thought of before.”

– Paul Auster (author of ‘Sunset Park’)

“When you’re writing there are times when you feel it’s a bit of a struggle. However, at other times you’re in what is called ‘the zone’ and writing just feels effortless. This happens when finding the right words is no longer a struggle; but this heightened state, as with most crafts usually comes with practise. Then words simply flow into your head faster than you can write them down (or can press the keyboard). But you have to really push your writing limits to get this kind of experience. “

Then later you look what you’ve written and think: “Bloody hell. That’s good. Did I really write that seemingly without much effort? Wonder where all that came from (a cerebral thing or “outer space”!”

– A “nony-moose” writer

To the sounds of click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM

Everyone has their own style of writing, as well as their unique life experiences they may wish to share in the form of words. Also they have their own reasons for wanting to write. To journal, to merely express your thoughts and feelings, or with the aim of publication – to be read by others.

I’m definitely not the “arty-farty-airy-fairy” type of writer, as I only write for a reason, a PURPOSE – with passion or humour, to try to make a difference in the world through the power of the written word. To touch lives (pervert!) and make an impact on people through encouraging, uplifting, enlightening and hopefully even inspiring people around the globe. That’s me (and was my original intention and vision when I started out)…

But no matter your reason for wanting to write, I find it the most satisfying and enjoyable “occupation/pursuit” I’ve ever had… and this has now evolved into something far bigger than I could ever have imagined.

(And with the invention of the www, it’s now so much easier to be published and let your words touch lives around the globe… and you too can use this amazing tool of instant communication).

There is tremendous power in imagination: YOUR creative imagination. Albert Einstein stated: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Napoleon believed that “the human race is governed by it’s imagination.”

Pascal: “Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice and happiness, which is everything in this world.”

Use it well and it’s amazing power will astound you –
in your writing as well as in all areas of your life.

Enjoy the writing journey (of self discovery…
as well as personal growth).

If you can dream it, then you can DO it… and BECOME it!

Happy writing

Craig Lock Eagle Productions Books
(“Information and Inspiration Distributors, Incorrigible Encouragers and People-builders”)

writers block

“It took me 15 years to find out that I had no talent for writing, but by then I couldn’t give it up, because by then I was too famous to give up.”
– Robert Benchley

“They say that if enough chimpanzees were put in front of enough word processors for enough time, eventually one of them would write Hamlet.”

 

 

 

About the Author
Craig loves sharing information and insights to try to make some small difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life’s magical journey … and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! #

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

# What’s the definition of an aspiring author? A waiter!
What’s the difference between a writer and a family pizza?

The pizza can feed a family of four!

 

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15 + informative and entertaining lessons. Learn the craft of writing and have fun at the same time

Learn the craft of writing and have fun at the same time

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

These thoughts may be freely published

“If you have knowledge, let others light a candle to it.”
– Margaret Fuller

That’s a metaphor, btw!

“The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.”
– Alan Cohen

Eagle

 

Picture by my old friend John (whose “photographic talents” I definitely do not possess!)

web site http://jetpix.wordpress.com/

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One Response to ““Write Rite” – How to Write Creatively (from Online Creative Writing Course)”

  1. craiglock Says:

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