How To Become A Badass Creative Writer — a Guest Post…

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by Larry Brooks on July 3, 2012

… by Jennifer Blanchard of InkyBites

On StoryFix, Larry is constantly giving you all the information you need to write a badass story: a story that “works,” that shines in all 6 Core Competencies and is publishable.

But being a badass creative writer? That takes more than just the ability to write an amazing story.

Sure, writing an amazing story is a huge part of it, but you can’t just write one story if you want to be a successful author. You have to write several.

And one problem a lot of writers have is they don’t know how to get into a creative flow that will allow them to keep coming up with amazing stories to write.

Wouldn’t it be great to have consistent creative flow? It starts with fueling your core source of creativity: yourself.

If you want to be a badass creative writer, along with writing a story that “works,” you need these 5 things:

1. Discipline to Write Much and Often

Write as much as you can as often as you can. The only way to get better as a writer is to write. The most badass of creative writers (Larry, for example) have made writing a habit and from that habit, creative genius was born.

2. A Writing Routine

Badass creative writers know that in order to come up with their best ideas, they need a writing routine that gets them writing on a daily basis. Doesn’t matter if it’s a blog post, an article for a magazine or a piece of fiction, badass writers are always working on something.

If you want to follow suit, write as much as you can and do it every day.

3. The Right Creative Fuel

If you want to have the energy and mental clarity you need to write every day and be creative when you need to be, you have to nourish the main source of your creativity—yourself.  That’s right, your body, mind, soul and heart are what gives you creative ideas and words that flow onto the page.

When you’re nourishing your body with the right foods and lifestyle habits, you’ll become a badass creative writer a whole lot faster than you will fueling your core creativity source with junk.

You can’t eat junk and expect to achieve creative flow.

Junk food stifles your creative efforts, making it hard for you to focus, find the right words or even sit through a writing session without getting fidgety.

Eat whole, real, unprocessed food and you’ll see a huge difference in your mood and your ability to make writing happen when you need to.

4. Movement

Your body was made to move, but being a writer sometimes means you have a semi-lethargic lifestyle. Doesn’t have to be the case thou. There are plenty of simple things you can do to get more movement into your day.

Badass creativity lies within a body that’s nourished and stress-free.

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and light your creative flame. And it doesn’t have to be traditional forms of exercise, like going to the gym or running on a treadmill.

Some ideas for non-traditional exercises include:

  • Walking the stairs—don’t just take the stairs at work, but take a 10-15 minute break (either during lunch or whenever you can get away) and walk up and down the stairs until your break is over.
  • Stroll outside—it’s a beautiful time of year, so get outside and enjoy it. Walk around your neighborhood or find a park to walk at. Being in nature and having time to just walk, think and dream can really inspire your creativity.
  • Add movement in when you can—waiting in line at the grocery store? Do some calf-raises using the handle on your shopping cart. Do lunges while you brush your teeth. Get in as many crunches as you can during commercial breaks. There is plenty of time in your day to get some movement in, you just have to be a little creative about it.

5. Creativity Exercises

Badass writers know that sometimes creative flow needs to be cultivated, so they use creativity exercises to help them, such as Morning Pages, 10 Minutes of Gibberish or meditation.

These types of exercises can help clear the clutter from your mind so you can concentrate on the important stuff (writing).

What steps will you take to become a badass creative writer?

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder and Resident Creative at InkyBites, where she’s currently running a blog series to help you Recharge Your Creative Batteries in 31 Days

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Many thanks to Jennifer, who is one of the kindest and most generous writers I’ve met online, and is also a passionate spokesperson for craft and, as you’ve just read, the writing life.  Please support her by visiting her new site, InkyBites

Also, to my newsletter subscribers… the July edition will be a bit late because of my book deadline (made it) and the final assembly of a new submission package of multiple projects with my new agent, the wonderful Andrea Hurst. 

Thanks for stopping by today, always appreciated.  Larry 

 

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