Three Writing Tips from Isaac Asimov to Fuel Creativity

In 2014, Peter Kuperman founded Hatch Canada, where he still serves as the CEO. Hatch Canada offers computer education and coding instruction for students throughout the Toronto area. As a child, one of Peter Kuperman’s favorite authors was the prolific sci-fi writer, Isaac Asimov.

Asimov wrote over 500 books throughout his life. According to the Observer, to catch up with Asimov’s astronomical number of novels, essays, and letters, a new writer would have to write two full novels a month for 25 years. Whether you aspire to reach his heights, or simply want to develop an idea for your first book, here are three of Isaac Asimov’s personal tips on fueling creativity.

1. Always Learn — In addition to his writing, Isaac Asimov also held a PhD in chemistry. The author often set science fiction aside to write on academic topics like history and physics. Asimov attributed his vast catalog of published works to his love for self-education. With his passion for learning, Asimov consistently came across new concepts and ideas he used to fuel his creativity.

2. Let Yourself Get Stuck — Isaac Asimov was not immune to writer’s block, but when he would get stuck, he had a system. Instead of staring at a blank page, he would put that project aside and work on something else. He found that by the time he tired of the side project, he was ready to return to the first one.

3. Rough Drafts — Asimov likened writing a novel to making a piece of art. He believed in starting with a sketch to get the basic idea before building off the sketch with the finer points and details. In terms of writing, the rough draft is the sketch. Do not expect it to be perfect, think of it as a guide that will lead to a finished novel.

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