I love writing so much, whether that’s writing poetry, blog writing, or fiction. This month’s series on ‘Being Creative’ is all about writing fiction.
I’ve been writing a book for the past 10 years. It’s sort of a book for me, really, rather than getting it published, and I have loved writing it. But lately I have realised that I’ve got other ideas waiting in the wings, and the book I’ve been writing and dreaming about I’ve decided to put on the back burner – for now.
In the meantime, I’m dabbling in other creative writing. I’m thinking of writing in different genres and for different age groups. In fact, I’m not just thinking about it – I’m doing it!
But don’t get me wrong, it’s difficult to put pen to paper sometimes. Especially with writer’s block looming over you. But I say, it’s a great way to be creative if you’ve got a story pushing you to write it.
So how do you get started? What are you going to write? I’ve decided to focus purely on fiction, as there’s lots of ways to write creatively, which could span other blog posts.
Writing fiction could be anything from a novel, short story, or a series. But to start it, I recommend a great site called: eadeverell.com
There’s a whole lot of resources on there to get started, and I absolutely love The One Page Novel sheet available for plotting your story, which you can find here.
I used this for my current novel, and I’ll be using it to plot out my other stories going forward.
The thing I love about writing is that you can do it for half an hour, or several hours, depending on what flow you get into. You develop your own story, your own characters. You can base your story on real life or fantasy. You can do whatever you want, the sky’s the limit and you can even go beyond and focus on science fiction and other worlds.
Or you can simply write and see what comes out.
If you’re struggling with Writer’s Block, I recommend ‘Write or Die’, where you can select time limits and write constantly so the timer and page don’t turn red! If you’d like something a bit more light-hearted though to keep you writing, there’s Written Kitten, which shows you a kitten after every 100 words written (or you can choose how many words you’ll write before a kitten appears).
There’s also NaNoWriMo, which takes place in November, and Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July. These are set up specifically so you can write and track your word counts. They have regular weekly videos on their YouTube channel to inspire you, and emails with great resources.
So if you’re thinking about being creative and you’ve got a story in your head just waiting to be written, why not sit down and write? Even if it’s only 100 words a day, that’s more than no words at all.