4 Ways to Nurture Your Inner Writer
Almost everyone is familiar with the concept of the inner child.
That joyful, innocent part of you that isn’t weighed down with the weight of the world and its expectations.
But what about your inner writer?
I like to think of an inner writer as being the most uncynical, purest lover of the written word that dwells deep in your soul.
You know that rush of unadulterated joy when you first thought of actually creating a book of your own?
The flame of that spirit burns eternally in your inner writer!
But just like an inner child, your inner writing must be listened to and nurtured.
Read on to find out!
Offer your inner writer endless inspiration
If you want to keep moving forward as a writer and a creative, it’s vital to feed yourself new ideas and inspiration.
Ideally, you want a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical skill that will help you evolve in your writing life.
But with so much information out there, what should you focus on?
Ideally, you want to aim for quality, in-depth information. For example, reading a book about the craft will give you a deeper level of insight than most blogs. In turn, most blogs will give you a better level of wisdom than if you just browsed through social media content about writing.
But information on its own is not enough. You also need to focus on practice and putting what you know into action. You could try out writing prompts or participate in some kind of writing challenge relevant to the type of book you want to write.
Even though it’s important to read as much as you can about writing, don’t limit your reading to this area alone. Make sure to read widely within your genre, or in the case of nonfiction field, as well as outside those areas.
Feeding your mind will boost your creativity.
Indulge your curiosity wherever it may take you
If you’re not careful, writing can eventually feel dreary and like the last thing you want to do.
Guard against that at all costs, as once you have lost your inspiration and joy for something, it can be difficult to get it back again.
So how can you avoid your writing life eventually feeling stale and like something you want to run away from?
One of the most important things is to indulge your curiosity wherever it leads. Learn about even obscure elements of the writing world. Don’t be afraid to learn about something that seems outside of your core area of interest.
Also, don’t be afraid to make changes when you notice things becoming monotonous or boring. If you can’t stand the thought of reading another article about writing, try an audiobook instead. If the thought of brainstorming at your desk seems insufferable, go outside and sit in nature.
It’s down to you to keep things interesting and retain your love of writing.
Try something totally new
Sometimes, making a small change isn’t quite enough. You need to smash the mould and try something entirely different.
But what could that look like?
If you’ve always dreamed of writing fiction, but have only ever written factual content, why not cast caution to the wind and commit to a fiction writing experiment?
Or if you’ve only ever written for a particular demographic, try writing for a younger audience or for a new set of readers entirely.
Changing up what you are working on isn’t saying you’re abandoning your old work forever. It’s more likely you treat your new focus as a palate cleanser before returning to your original projects.
But who knows. By mixing things up and trying something totally new, you might just find your new favorite style of writing!
Pursue structured study and practice
Between everything you have on your calendar and the main writing projects that are your focus, you might find it challenging to block out regular sections of time for focused study and practice.
But if you fail to do this, you run the risk of letting your inner writer grow bored and tired.
It’s important to have fun with your writing practice and do things you find enjoyable as well as beneficial.
So what are the type of activities that should fill up your practice time?
- Writing exercises. If you consider yourself a creative writer, it’s important to be creative about the way you practice. Try exercises that seem totally out there or away from your comfort zone. They will help stimulate your mind and keep you engaged.
- Create new characters. Rather than trying to find a new story to write, why not try and create an intriguing character and then find a story for them to inhabit? Brainstorm characters until they seem almost real and then choose your favorite for a future project.
- Try new tools. It can be really fun to play around with different software and apps. Why not try a new writing app and see if its functionality offers something that sparks your joy and interest in writing.
Hopefully this has given you food for thought on how to keep writing fresh and exciting.
As easy as it is to become cynical, don’t let that happen.
Writing is an amazing thing that changes lives and makes the world a much better place.
Don’t ever let your inner writer forget that!
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