Creative Writing- 5 Powerful Tips To Increase Your Self-Confidence In Creative Writing

by Marjorie J ~ . Filed under: Creative Writing, Creative Writing Made Easy, How To Improve Your Writing, How to Start Writing, Increase confidence in your writing skills.

Creative Writing is something that everyone is capable of. And we can all improve our creative writing – and our enjoyment of it – in a great number of ways.

One of the key factors to writing creatively and freely is confidence.

It doesn’t matter how talented you are as a writer, if you lack the confidence to write and to explore your writing potential you simply won’t create as well or as often as you’re capable of creating.

So here are 5 powerful tips to help you increase YOUR self-confidence as a creative writer –

1. Believe you’re creative. If you didn’t believe you were capable of writing creatively at all, you wouldn’t even be trying, so you’re off to a great start. Now you can build on this core belief.

One way of doing this is to spend some time visualizing how your life would be if you were wildly successful as a creative writer, whatever “wildly successful” means to you.

Put yourself into this future visualization of yourself as strongly as possible. Ask yourself what beliefs you hold about yourself that have enabled you to be this creative, this successful. Then start bringing them into your life today.

2. Use your senses. So much of the time we walk round virtually oblivious to the highly sensory world around us. We may as well stick cotton wool in our ears, a sock in our mouth and bag over our heads!

It’s through our senses we connect with and experience the world. Take some time to go somewhere new and practice using your senses. Concentrate on each of your senses one at a time, what you’re really seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling.

Do this regularly and you’ll have an abundance of rich experiences to draw upon in your writing, which in turn will increase your confidence to write.

3. Set small achievable goals. If you haven’t written for a while – months or even years maybe – then to set yourself the task of writing a new novel this weekend is ambitious at best. At worst it’s simply setting yourself up for major disappointment and blow to your confidence.

Instead, set smaller achievable steps. For example, “Today I’m going to write 250 words about the past life of my book’s new character Jake.”

Start small to build your confidence, then add more challenging tasks for yourself as you go.

4. Write aimlessly. By this I mean don’t set out to write a perfect wartime romance, or a wonderful poem about the cherry trees in your back yard.

It’s great to have writing ideas and aims like this but the problems come when we get too attached to them. Then, when our creative writing takes us elsewhere, instead of exploring what could be a wonderful new direction, we just feel we’ve failed in writing the piece we set out to write.

Pick an inspiring starting point, then just let your imagination – and creative writing – flow wherever it wants to.

5. Join a supportive group. Being able to share with other writers is a very rewarding experience. It can be very supportive and healthy for our confidence on two levels.

Firstly, with other creative writers we get to share our creative writing, the work we produce, and get their feedback, tips and ideas, as each of us look to develop ourselves.

Secondly, we’re able to share the experience of being a creative writer. The joys, the frustrations, the rewards and the disappointments. Knowing that others feel similarly to us can be very reassuring. The help and encouragement of others can help boost our confidence no end.

Increasing your confidence as a creative writer is sometimes the only route to helping you unlock your creative writing potential.

These are just 5 of the best ways you can do this.

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Creativity Coach and keen creative writer Dan Goodwin helps people who are frustrated they’re not using their creative talents as well as they could be. See more at his website: http://www.CoachCreative.com

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