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How to become a better and faster writer

You want to be a better writer?

Then be a better talker.

Talking is so much better than writing, and way faster.

Talking inside your head is the fastest way, in fact it is a little too fast to grab all of it.

Your mind runs at speeds unimaginable and not completely understood by science.

So, we deal with what we have and we use what we can.

Speaking audibly is great for creation of content, and does wonders to your analytical skills.

I keep reading other people’s works, and ideas keep popping in my head and I think “Let me just write about it”, Wait… “No, let me just talk about it”.

It’s way faster and more emotionally engaging.

When you are emotionally engaged, you take a lot of shortcuts to get what you want. You get inspired a lot, because inspiration is connected to emotions.

After all…

Writing is more about emotional impact, right?

They (professional writers) say that if you only write when you are inspired then you can be a great “poet”, but you’ll never be a writer, because writers write “everyday”.

Stephen King said that when you are writing a novel and you look back, you don’t distinguish what was inspired and what you wrote on a whim.

I’ll give it to him in the context of quantity, and productivity, but that’s it.

He didn’t say anything about quality or impact. Perhaps he leaves that to the editing process.

But you won’t do that won’t you? You want to leave your mark.

You want to have your own thing, in your own voice and your own style, with great quality.

So, if you are a beginner, how do you become really good, really fast at writing something that has emotional impact?

What is the best way to become a faster writer?

Recording it (audio or video)

If you have a smartphone, it is very possible you have voice recorder or can download an app for that.

You almost always have your phone with you, in this day and age (at least).

You record it and you say what you feel and you say what you want.

You create content.

Content comes from the heart. It doesn’t come from outside of you, that is just info, data, dull stuff. The fun comes after you have ingested the data and made a personal thought about what you saw, about what you experienced.

That’s where the content comes from.

The more honest the content, the more unique.

You are a special snowflake, a combination of elements, culture, dreams, fears and hopes that can paint the world in your own set of colors.

So why be dull and repeat what others say, in the exact same way?

“Oh but the way that they say it is a bit offensive or raw.” Well, here is your chance to say similar things in your own way, the way others hunger for, others like you. That’s a chance to be you.

Is it scary? Well if it is, then start from the safe place, your mind.

A place no one else can invade; your God-given gift, your own place.

Your own world, your own rules

You start talking from your safe place and when you feel at home then you can share a bit with others of the same mind and be…free.

How to make it good? Well, you use references.

You want to take on references of the writers or the styles you like.

Again, references are not about repeating, instead it’s about “translating”.

The brain takes millions and millions of impressions in a day, but there are only a few things you notice, and only a few things you care about.

It’s a filtering process of course, although the translating is all about “how” you see the world.

The how, that’s you, that’s all you.

In creativity, all that matters is what you care about?

No, it’s WHY you care about it.

This is the definitive thing that glues and separates you from all others.

That is why I said: “The more honest you are, the most unique you’ll be”

How to dig up all that treasure of unique content?

ASK QUESTIONS.

Not to the world, not your parents, not your friend.

Ask questions to yourself.

You’ll be surprised at the answers, and sometimes even scared, because you and I are not used to so much honesty. We’ve learned how to fit with others in order to survive “socially” in this world.

So…

What happens if you don’t record it?

Nothing happens, but you don’t want “nothing” happening, you want something happening.

You want a reality, you want it present, and you want it with you right now.

So, “do” something, practice it, and test this thing out.

Don’t just believe, test it, you will believe when you check it out.

You will believe because you will have your own experience.

Record it and then make a transcript, pass it to written words – immortalize it.

What you talk about, write it, and if you have an impulse, while transcribing, then write about that. Add layers or commentaries to what you talked about, to what you recorded.

Just write whatever the heck comes to mind and then continue with the audio.

In that way you will be tapping in to that spark of creativity and will be pouring out insight.

In that way you will have a lot of content.

Or, at the least,  you will have a lot written. At the most, you will dig up priceless treasure.

Remember…

Content comes from what you care about.

You want to create content? Be honest. Be true to yourself and you’ll create something with emotional impact.

Don’t write about what others care about, unless you care too. If you really like it, you are going to have so much energy, so much focus and so much more power over it.

So care about it, have something to say.

Signing off once again.

Your friend,

-Creative Dave

Comments 10

  1. Thanks for sharing these secrets of writing. I only write when I get inspired by something which always ticks me because I always want to write. Now I know that I can write anytime I want to. :-)

  2. Sometimes my thought runs faster than the pen if you know what I mean ;D I think there are some programs for recording ones voice and putting it into transcript. I have to find them though.

  3. A lot of what you suggest makes sense. I don’t record my ideas, but I most definitely verbalize dialogue, scenes, etc. I go for rides; kick ideas around, work though blocks, test dialogue– always aloud, within the private confines of my trusty minivan. . .

    :)

    About making our writing our own, it has to be. We have to be true to ourselves, bottom line. True to our stories, our voice, our style. All can be improved upon, but the inherent qualities that make one’s own writing unique are there, just waiting for us: to find, and fine-tune, and polish. Put it out there, cross our fingers and. . .

    Really good post, Creative Dave. Food for thought, for sure.

    -kk

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