Allow me to begin this post by stating that I am not, by any means, a professional creative writer. I’m not even entirely sure as to how one goes about becoming a certified creative writer; is one granted this title after publishing a text? Or perhaps the title is bestowed on someone who undergoes proper training and instruction?
Either way, I’m an Honours English Language and Literature major, and while I haven’t been told I’m a pro in the department of creative writing, I think I am able to offer some advice on the matter since I do a fair bit of it here on my blog.
One of the biggest ways to excel in creative writing is to ensure your writing is reflective of you. From my own experiences and observations, I have come to realize that so, so many writers are under the impression that writing in an adverse manner to what one’s typical writing style is will garner their success in the writing world. It is so easy to convince ourselves that this is the case, however, once we begin writing in a way that is not our traditional style, we come to realize how challenging it is to challenge our writing instincts. Your creative writing should be a reflection of your own unique and personal writing, not a facade you’re forcing onto readers. They’ll pick up on a lack of authenticity and, possibly, will lose interest if the writing seems stiff.
Another tip I can offer in the context of creative writing is to refrain from shying away from being different. This kind of ties in with my previous point and the idea of remaining true to oneself when writing, but I’m talking about not being afraid to be controversial, or challenge common opinions. If you want to write about a one-eyed cyclops hooker who falls in love with a guinea pig, go for it. I can’t promise it will be successful, or make sense, for that matter, but don’t be afraid to be bold when it comes to plot, scenery, characters, etc.
The beauty of creative writing is suggested right in its name; it’s creative. There isn’t a right or wrong way to do it, and you can have a lot of fun with it if you have the right mindset.