Rules of thumb and academic truths
November 20, 2020
Sometimes what we write it's lacking something. Sometimes it's bland and dull, and other times it's just not good.
This guide will help you trace the best practices to avoid any of those problems.
Because, sometimes, we only need to swallow our pride and follow guidance
When you started writing you most probably experienced one of this two things:
Everyone told you how talented you seem to be and gave great feedback;
People were not so sure writing was the right fit for you;
There’s no middle ground on this. You either are good enough to receive some positive opinion or you suck, and this is not your job.
Wow, that was rough.
But isn’t it how we all feel every time we try to write? We feel so much the external pressure and we long so much for a positive feedback that we convince ourself that we either are talented or we’re not. Nothing in the middle or whatsoever.
Thankfully, there’s a solution for that: stop listening.
But just for a while.
The problem that almost everyone has at some point is just continuously being consistent. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re new or a seasoned writer, or if you’re really talented or just passionate and adventurous. Being consistent with the work, with the ideas, with the style, with your moral: that is something really difficult to achieve and then master.
For this reason, stop listening to people for opinions and feedback for a while and study.
In the next paragraphs, you’ll read something that will drastically change the way you write, but above all the way you approach yourself to writing.
I know it sound cheesy and childish, but it’s actually true. On “The Psychology of Creative Writing” Adèle Kohanyi describe the studies made on the matter and underline the correlation between mood and creativity.
Her conclusion is that “there is a solid body of research supporting the position that positive mood promotes superior performance on tasks such as word associations, word categorisation, and creative problem solving. Indeed, participants in whom positive affect had been induced tended to generate more unusual responses on word association tasks than negative and neutral mood participants.
If you’re not in a great mood, try to write something anyway. As it exists a correlation between mood and writing it exists on the contrary, but be careful about what chapter of that book you want to finish. According to Doc. Kohanyi, certain topics can trigger either positive or negative emotions. So stick with it and push a bit to improve your mood and therefore the quality of your work, but don’t overdo it. Do not describe a scene traumatic for you if you’re not confident about your positivity that day. Write anyway, but something funnier or lighter for and on your mind.
Creativity as a myth ;
We tend to believe that creativity only comes as "the result of extraordinary thinking processes, processes that are somehow qualitatively different from the ‘ordinary’ thinking that we all use for our daily activities”. Well, even that is seemingly true, it is not completely the truth. Creativity plays an exceptional part in creative writing, of course, but it's not the one and only thing that is important. When you constantly try to be as much as creative as you possibly can, you're penalising the "ordinary" and you leave out the common things that help us to immerse us into the stories.
Creativity can become the myth for which we long for and leave us, eventually, unsatisfied.
“ Ordinary acts actually can have great significance on the larger creative process.” Hence, you mustn't do everything in search of the extraordinary thought.
Be creative in normality.
At the end of the day, what truly matters is how you felt during your writing session, the emotions you felt, the consistency with your moral and ideas. What matters become not merely what you wrote but as well how you wrote it.
These are just rules of thumb to help you achieve those sensations when you wrap up.
Don't think about yourself as one impressive writer or one chump who cannot make it. You could be either of those. Talent is going to fasten things up, but it's not the only things that counts. To know how to be a better writer, that's the key to achieve your goals and write better.
Whether you're a seasoned writer or you're just getting started.
Stop listening for a little while. Stop looking for feedback every two seconds.
Study how to become the better version of yourself and prove to people that the world has more than just natural and unfit.
There's also who try.
And, maybe with a little study, who succeeds.
Kaufman, S. B., & Kaufman, J. C. (2009). The Psychology of Creative Writing. Cambridge
University Press., A. Kohanyi, “The more I write, the better I write, and the better I feel about
myself”: Mood Variability and Mood Regulation in Student Journalists and Creative Writers
G.R. Waitman, J.A. Plucket "Teaching Writing by Demythologizing Creativity"
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