Learning the Craft: Creative writing is, for many, a pleasurable pastime, for others, a vocation, for some, a profession, but it is also a craft and like any other craft you will need to develop some basic knowledge, understanding and skills to practice it successfully. Yes, creative flair and a vivid imagination are beneficial, but if you don't have the knowledge and skills to get those ideas out of your head and on to the page in a readable form then the world will not have the pleasure of discovering your genius. 


If you had a passion for beautiful furniture and an idea for a magnificent cabinet, you would not expect to be able to make it without learning the craft of carpentry. Few become great artists without learning their craft by practicing life drawing and painting techniques. An examination of Picasso's early work is a perfect illustration. 


So don't sit staring at a blank page while the wonderful ideas for novels, short stories or poetry, remain as figments of your imagination, learn to use the chisels and brushes of the writer's craft to bring those ideas to life. 

(From The Secrets of Storytelling)

Find your Place to Write: It could be a quiet space at home where you can get away from the family or on the kitchen table in the middle of the action. Some writers enjoy the buzz of busy café, other a bench in a peaceful park.


You might need a different environment for different things. A busy space to generate and develop ideas and a quiet space where you can focus on getting the story written.

There is no right or wrong, try out different spaces, work out where  is the best place for you to focus your attention and release your creativity.

(From The Secrets of Storytelling

Enter Writing Competitions: Entering your work for writing competitions, whether novels or short story competitions, poetry competitions or any other kind of writing competition, provides you with focus, motivation and the discipline of working to a deadline. If the writing competition is themed it can help to get your creative juices flowing. 


Success brings the accolade of being an award-winning writer and you may even get published. Some writing competitions offer the opportunity for valuable feedback. 'Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn'


It's worth considering what you want to achieve: recognition; publication; cash prizes? and choose the writing competitions that match your expectations.


See our comparison of some of the top writing competitions HERE. 

(From The Secrets of Storytelling