You love reading. You've done a little bit of writing. And you've often wondered if you could be a writer like the incredibly creative authors you admire, but you're not quite sure where to start.
Well, The Everything® Creative Writing Book can help. It will guide you through the entire process, from preparing yourself to write — in your workspace and in your mind — to getting fresh ideas to drafting your copy and editing it. Plus you'll learn all about the different formats of writing and find hundreds of writing tips, resources, examples, inspirational excerpts, advice, and encouragement via interviews with successful authors, how-to pointers, challenges, and even rescue techniques to help you out of those dreaded strikes of writer's block. If you have the interest and the desire to become a more creative writer — and it's looking like you do — and if you are willing to take the time to learn and practice, this book can show you how to improve your writing skills and express yourself imaginatively in a variety of ways.
With dedication, skill building, and time, it's entirely possible that you could become another Nora Roberts, E. B. White, Toni Morrison, Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, or Nicholas Sparks. You could develop a style so expressive, so true, and so yours, that whenever someone reads something that you wrote, he or she might wish, like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, that “when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
You could succeed as a creative writer beyond your wildest, bestselling-author, cross-country-book-signing dreams. But you could also fail. You could put in the time, tell everyone you know that you're working to become a writer, write and write and write, and still not get published. The thought is daunting, to say the least. But there's still another possible drawback. While you're courageously giving this writing thing your all, you could run into resistance instead of reinforcement. Friends, colleagues, parents, children, even your partner or your spouse might try to discourage you by telling you what you already know: that you could fail, that you could get your feelings hurt, that you might not have what it takes. Such disheartening counsel, whether spoken to spare you pain or from jealousy disguised as caring, can give an author a terminal case of writer's block.
So why try to do it? Why not just carry on quietly and safely behind the perfectly useful and perfectly ordinary words that many people set down on paper when they must write something — in their business documents, their personal correspondence, perhaps in an occasional journal entry or school paper or speech?
Because you love words. Because you feel you have something to say and you'd like to say it in the best possible, most interesting way. Because you love to communicate and connect with all kinds of people. Because you find joy in the colors, tastes, rhythms, and smells of language. Because you have opinions, experiences, and feelings that you need to share with your readers. Because you want to explore and question and make sense of what you see around you, and help others to do the same. Because you see things in a special way.
By giving your love of language a chance to blossom and grow, and by setting a goal of becoming an accomplished creative writer, you might one day find yourself in a Manhattan bookstore, signing your name on hundreds of copies of your latest biography. Or perhaps you'll be watching a sold-out performance of a play that you penned. Or maybe the story you got published in a major magazine will earn you a hefty check.
All those things could happen. But what will definitely happen when you make the commitment to write more creatively is that you'll learn new skills, gain new knowledge, and find new ways to express yourself — even if you “fail” and not a word that you write is ever published. Learning and growing will expand your horizons and increase your abilities, give you an amazing feeling of well-being and fulfillment, and enable you to put your special stamp on a bit of the world.