Making a Writer out of You: How to Get Started in Writing?

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Article Title: Making a Writer out of You: How to Get Started in Writing?

Category (key words): Writing, Creative Writing, How to Get Started in Writing, Writing Hints/Tips, Writing Course, Online Creative Writing Course

Web sites: http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig)

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“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.”

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MAKING A WRITER OUT OF YOU –

WHAT DO WE NEED TO GET STARTED IN WRITING?

I hope that the following article (which is one of the first lessons on our Online Creative Writing Course) may be informative and helpful to your ezine readers or on your web site. It was originally written for the off-line world, but the principles can also be applied in “cyberspace and the real world”.

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Anyone with reasonable literary skills can write, but not many people can write really well. Yet we all have the opportunity to use this means of expressing our creative energy. You don’t need much: no money – only time and IMAGINATION. To start writing, all you need is a place, a pen, paper and an idea (which comes through the amazing power of the human mind).

Firstly, work habits: Organise yourself (my big difficulty in all areas of life!). Decide WHERE you want to write. Which room will enable you to concentrate and lift your spirits the most? I find writing outdoors enables me to be most relaxed and therefore at my most creative.

THEN

Allocate a few hours a day when you won’t be disturbed. Then stick to it with total COMMITMENT (remember the qualities of a writer from lesson one?). What other tools are there to help you? The local library, dictionaries, like a Thesaurus. What’s that? And especially, a dictionary of quotations. Can you start a sentence with an “and”? All of these resources are extremely helpful to a writer. I find the local library especially helpful. Get to know your way around, to find out where things are. Using this resource saves a great deal of time and frustration…and most of all, money – not having to buy books (”El cheaposkate”, like me). I am constantly using the facilities of the excellent HB Williams Memorial Library here in Gisborne.

What other resources are easily available? Dictionaries: Such as the Oxford Dictionaries of Quotations. They’ll always come in handy when you’re looking for a good quote. Incidentally, good grammar and punctuation, together with presentation, is very important in getting published. I cover more on this subject in subsequent lessons. As my English teacher at school said, READ, READ, READ. It develops vocabulary (another nice long word).

Typewriter or Word Processor?

Once you’ve got this clear in your mind, ie. place, time, tools (like pen and paper), later comes the decisions about whether to buy a typewriter, word processor or computer.
Word processors and computers make life so much easier for writers: you can quickly rewrite by moving words around or simply cutting them out altogether. They even have a spell check for those not too confident in this area. All writers continually revise their work many times to make the words flow better (don’t say ‘continually’ and ‘many times’ – they mean the same thing!).

Do you need one?

If you want to be published, no editor will consider handwritten work, so you will need to make that decision someday. If you want to write purely for your own pleasure, no “hassle”! My simple advice is to take your time regarding purchasing decisions. Don’t rush out and buy now, but wait and see how your writing develops. Perhaps you have an old typewriter in the attic to start on, or you may be able to borrow one from a friend in the meantime (”cheapskate”). This advice is based on what I did. Start off with a typewriter, because all your work should be typed – unless you’re writing purely for yourself. Later you can progress to a word processor.

if you really get caught up in the writing ‘bug’. I bought my word processor just before I left work after being made redundant as a Life Assurance Manager. It was the best investment I have ever made in my life! Then I progressed to learning computers. This was no easy task for me, but now working every day with one, I’ve become quite good (even if I say so myself!). However, I still use my word processer to work in the hot sun outside.
Hedonistic sun freak!

What other tips are there?…

* Keep a work diary of your projects underway – keeps one on track.

* Also keep a record of your writing expenses – for the tax man. Any expenditure you incur in producing income from your writing is usually deductible from your taxable income. I’m sounding like an accountant now – sorry! More on this subject in a later lesson.

* Have a clippings file of things that interest you . . . because those are the things you are likely to write about some day in the future. I keep them on about ten different subjects, from stress to the South African economy (which leads to more stress!).

* Handy! Keep a note book handy by your bed. We often get our most creative ideas whilst sleeping when the mind is relaxed. I used to wake up with a great idea in the middle of the night. EUREKA! … but by morning it was forgotten. You can even use a small tape recorder. I have resorted to taking my dictaphone. I get lots of funny looks, but at least it stops me having to turn back before I forget my inspirational thought for the day.

GETTING STARTED

Now we have all the tools, time to get started. I believe the best training for new writers is to write as often and as much as you can. So write about ANYTHING that tickles your fancy. It doesn’t matter, as long as you WRITE!

It is practice and experience (and life experiences) that counts. As the tourist in New York asked : “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” and the cabbie replied: “Practice, mate (or the Yankee equivalent of this New Zealand and Australian expression), practice, practice.”

When I look at my first manuscripts, I can clearly see how much my writing has improved in the last six years. At least I think so!

What else can you write about? (Can I end a sentence with a “preppie”?)

* Write letters. This is becoming a forgotten art.

* You could also keep a daily diary, or journal. Write about your thoughts, your feelings, your daily experiences, your hopes your fears, your dreams. Doing this regularly hones your writing skills.

* You can take courses at universities, colleges, polytechnics, or this one. As well as the course content, I think that writing courses have a definite social function; because they keep you in touch with other like-minded people… and always remember writing is such a solitary occupation.

Hope I’m still a little bit sane then, after all these years writing in solitary ‘confinement’!

Happy writing and stay sane

Craig Lock

About the author:
Craig is a writer, who believes in (and loves) sharing information with a touch of humour, as well as encouraging and helping others to find their talents and gifts, to strive for and accomplish their dreams in life – whatever they may be.

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at : http://www.creativekiwis.com/amazon.html and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Also http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.htmlhttp://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglockwww.lulu.com/craiglock and https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.php?s4=craig+lock&sid=1&osCsid=7d30atm8.

All proceeds go to needy children – MINE!

‘Write Rite and be Published: All that I Know about Writing, How to Write Creatively’. This e-book is available at http://www.creativekiwis.com/ and and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

“The worlds smallest and zaniest bookstore near the bottom of the world”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage … and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

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– Margaret Fuller

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“They say that if enough chimpanzees were put in front of enough word processors for enough time, eventually one of them would write Hamlet

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About craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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