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Creative Writing Tips from Famous Authors

TalkShop creative writingAre you having a difficult time getting a head start in your writing? Don’t worry because you are not alone; even famous writers experience the same thing. Pursuing your creative endeavor is hard and sometimes, even painful. But if you will not let any kind of obstacle overwhelm you, you’ll eventually succeed. Even famous authors struggled and went through periods of self-doubt; the thing is that they found effective and proactive means to deal with such feelings.

You can read a lot of writing tips for creative writers from myriad books on the topic. And if you have the opportunity, you can get great lessons by listening to the experts. TalkShop, the best school for English learning and teaching has compiled some inspirational creative writing tips from famous authors.

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

Self-doubt can ruin the momentum and even paralyze you from writing. It is so influential that it can even determine how you see yourself as a writer. You have to practice trusting yourself instead of doubting your skills. Always remind yourself about your passion in writing and then express your ideals on paper.

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” – Zadie Smith

Writers have different writing routines. Find the best ways and effective tools to write. Listen to music, go for a walk, go on vacation, or simply stay in your room for longer than usual so you may isolate yourself from any kind of distraction and get back on the creative track. Let no one dictate to you how and where you are going to write.

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

Have the courage to believe that you have something of great value to contribute to the writing realm. Creativity and courage always come together. If you want to succeed and create something beyond the norm, you should become creatively courageous and courageously creative. Courage at this point is simply getting that pen and paper, scribbling, and just moving forward. Then boom! You are now on your second page. Before you know it, you are already writing the preface to your soon-to be published book.

“Don’t just plan to write—write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” – PD James

Instead of making excuses on why you can’t write, make writing a habit. You can only develop and enhance your writing ability if you consistently do it. The most successful writers did not start writing by having the most expensive venues or writing tools. They simply made the most important decision – to write. Then they followed through. And the rest is history.

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

No further explanation here. This is as plain as it comes. If you do not have the energy or the spark to write, read a good book to learn new ideas and pick up inspiration. Whatever you learn in reading can be incorporated into your writing.

These tips will be helpful for new writers and seasoned practitioners constantly face both regular and unexpected writing challenges. TalkShop believes that the learning never stops. One can decide to keep getting better in his craft. To enroll in your personalized creative writing program, call (632) 894 5588 or visit www.talkshop.ph for more details.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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