I have spent the past ten + years honing my writing skills and have hit many speed bumps along the way when it comes to staying inspired. I used to try writing some creative fiction at least once a day, but after a while once school becomes a priority in your life, essays take the first slot. It’s not easy developing intricate plots and dynamic characters when real life overtakes the fictional world you are attempting to create and I think that every writer has created a process that works best for them. There have been many fails and success in my growing writing style so I have compiled a list of the steps that work best for me when trying to maintain the same level of enthusiasm they I once had about writing fiction.
WRITE AN OUTLINE // It’s always better to begin with a direction.
TAKE A STEP BACK // Sometimes you just need to walk away or take a break from the world you’ve immersed yourself it.
DON’T OVER THINK THE STORY // No one is perfect, not even your fictional characters.
WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO READ? // If you wouldn’t read it, you probably wouldn’t want to write it either.
DECIDE ON A TONE // Humour, horror, romance—all valid for self-expression, just make sure they are cohesive with the story.
IF IT DOESN’T PUSH THE STORY FORWARD, DON’T INLUDE IT // Some things can go unwritten, especially when you get to decide who says what and why
START OFF SHORT AND SIMPLE // You’re better off aiming for a short story that can turn into something grand, that way there is less pressure and more creative freedom.
SAVE EVERYTHING YOU WRITE // Even if you think it isn’t good or important, it may come in handy one day.