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Simple Ways
to Improve your Creative Writing Skills

Find inspiration in everyday things.

The world around you is full of interesting events. Go for a walk and ask yourself questions, such as what is that person doing? What is that dog looking at? Why are those people arguing? Write a summary of something that is happening on the TV or a video game you just finished playing. Write about everything and anything you see, hear, smell or feel! You’ll be surprised at what pops up in your head

Criticise the work of others.

When reading a book, try to identify the flaws in that story and list a couple of improvements. Also, note down the best parts of that story, what did you enjoy while reading that book? This can help you to understand the elements of a great story and what to avoid when writing. You can aim to do weekly or monthly book reviews on the books you read. Soon you’ll be able to master the secrets of great creative writing like a master!

Rewrite a famous story.

Sometimes creating new characters or a story plot from scratch can be difficult. To improve your creative writing skills you can take a well-known story, such as Cinderella or any other fairy tale and change it slightly, so it has a different ending or comes from a different character’s perspective. For example, you can write from the point of view of the ugly step sisters and how they felt when Cinderella found her Prince Charming! Or what if Prince Charming chose the step sisters over Cinderella, what would she have done to escape?

Short advice for
writing style improving

USE STRAIGHTFORWARD LANGUAGE.

The most fundamental way to simplify writing is to use simpler words. Simple words—whether verbs, nouns or adjectives—tend to have broader connotations, while complicated words have more specific meanings. Thus, you have a lower margin for error when using simpler words. Substitute a less familiar word with a more readily understandable one.

TRIM LONG SENTENCES.

One way to make your writing clearer is to limit the use of long sentences. The easiest way to do this is to divide a long sentence into two or more shorter sentences. Using shorter sentences does not mean that all sentences should be short. This would create a choppy style and is precisely where the art of writing comes into play. You must judge how to weave short sentences with longer ones, as well as how to use sentence variety.

AVOID REDUNDANCIES.

Tiresome writing occurs when a writer needlessly repeats a word or an idea. It’s redundant, for example, to speak of a “beginner who lacks experience,” because the word beginner already implies lack of experience. Redundant words or phrases are those that can be eliminated without changing the meaning of the sentence.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think.
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Most content on the web is bland and dreadfully boring. This is because far too many bloggers focus on regurgitating the same news as everybody else without bothering to add their own opinions. Obviously you don’t want to fall afoul of libel laws, but that doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) say what you think.

Discover Your Own Voice.
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Once you’ve started to discover your own “voice,” don’t be shy about sharing your opinions. This makes for more interesting reading. Don’t be contrarian for its own sake, and don’t set out to purposefully piss anyone off, but make sure there’s enough of you in your writing to make it a worthwhile read for your audience.

Paint a Picture Using Words.
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When a writer can make readers feel as though they are right there at the scene, the essay becomes vividly alive thanks to descriptive writing. Sense words, descriptive words, and plays on words are all tools that bring the writing to life. With such ‘pictures’, a writer will ensure that the reader won’t soon forget what has been written.

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About an Author

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Monica W. Frazier

a professional writer and writing mentor from Canada
who has written in diverse organizational contexts.
I work closely with a small team of specialists.

LiveWriting is run by me, Monica W. Frazier. I’m a NY-based copywriter, content strategist and trainer. I launched LiveWriting in 2014, and have been helping clients get better results from their writing and their websites ever since. I’ve had management roles in operations, business development, marketing,
customer service and staff training.

I worked in tour operating, event management and association management. And along the way, I picked up both management and teaching qualifications.