- Inspiration: It can be found literally anywhere at any time, usually when you are bored and let your mind wander around. The best inspiration comes when you are not even looking for it. Sometimes when I feel like I’m not getting creative and can’t think of something interesting I follow Jack London’s advice: “You can’t wait for inspiration; you have to go after it with a club.” So what do I do then? I get on the Internet, look up funny videos on YouTube, or maybe watch a movie. An idea will eventually pop in my head and start growing after a while.
- Brainstorming: To be a creative writer you have to brainstorm 24/7. I always keep a piece of paper in my wallet where I write important notes from ideas I daydream about. This usually ends up stacked there for a while until I decide to expand on it. I like the idea of writing on a piece of paper because you are not tempted to delete what you write, you can’t just hit the backspace key and delete your words like we can on a Word document.
- Writing: Whenever I have free time I grab one of my pieces of paper in my wallet and just daydream with it. I sit on my computer, close every internet tab on my browser and open a Word document. I can’t describe what happens next better than Ernest Hemingway… “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” One thing I’ve learned is that you need to stop writing if you feel like you are forcing it too much. I take a break when I can’t find a specific word that describes what I want to express. I usually take a shower or go to sleep. My mind is always clear again when I go back to my computer and reopen the document.
- Editing: Once I think I am done with my article I let it sit on my desktop for a day or two without publishing it. Then, I go back to it and reread it and edit little mistakes I couldn’t see before.
- Publishing: This might be the hardest part for me because I start thinking about whether or not people are going to like it. Is it going to get likes on Facebook or retweets on Twitter? I know I shouldn’t think of it this way, but I still do. Who cares anyway? I should be writing for myself.
“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” – William Faulkner