For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box
Is there an easy way to make a story? I don’t want to talk sweet to say that here you will get an easy way to write. Logically, if indeed writing is that easy then everyone would be a writer and professional writers will not be special anymore. Writing is a process of creative work that will require the uniqueness of each author. Therefore, the most effective method for writing is the way you find and develop while you write your pieces. So, what I am going to share with you here is the approach that you can do to find a way to write the most suitable for you.
I have written several fiction short stories have been published in various places. Also several original plays or that I composed from short stories that I wrote myself and have been widely used in several performances at local theaters. So far I still productive in producing work in a way that I developed myself. This method is assembled from several methods used by famous writers and some adjustments that I do to keep me feel comfortable while writing.
“Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult.” – Ernest Hemingway
It is a fragment of a sentence spoken by a great writer, Ernest Hemingway, when interviewed by George Plimpton on best practice to be aspiring writer. At the final sentence of the answer of the interview questions, Hemingway said, “At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Sounds reasonable but don’t you start to think to hang yourself just to produce a masterpiece. I can assure you that you don’t need to do that.
I prefer to think that we should always be in research mode to create brand new and fresh ideas. We have to be more creative and critical, looking for new perspectives in seeing everything. When you want to tell something big, you don’t have to always start your idea with something big like an elephant, skyscrapers, or the sun. You can write about ants, dust, or even germs, because everything will look great if you look at it from a closer distance.
“Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” – P. D. James
The above quote is the thing that I always remember when I would start to write. There will always be doubts that arise when you will start to write, whether it’s the idea that you write or how you present your ideas in your writing. Sometimes, even when you find great ideas for your writing, you still can find the fear of your readers would not understand the purpose that you want to convey from your writing. However, if you continue to be doubtful, you will not be able to start your writing, let alone create a masterpiece.
Maybe you want to think: There will always be the possibility of readers will not understand what I mean by my writing but they will be more difficult to understand if I just keep my ideas always in my head. With such a mindset I write my ideas more freely and always try to think that readers of my writings are smart reader so I will not be too bothered by how I should write my writings.
But what should you write? It would be easy to start your writing if you already have an idea, right? Rest assured that every human being is unique; any simple thing you are thinking could be the thing that never crossed at all in the mind of anyone, anywhere. If so, any idea in your head is an idea that may be of interest to some people or even all people around the world. Don’t think too much, just write!
“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.” – Zadie Smith
Good writing is a writing that is able to touch with things that are familiar to the reader, so they will immediately understand the text without having too much to think. Therefore, being a good writer requires extensive knowledge, but too much information can also be a double-edged sword. With too much information in your head, it will be difficult to find an original idea for your writing. When you read too much person’s writings, you will unconsciously imitate the manner and style of writing, including the ideas presented in the text and when you realize that, the hesitation will re-appear on the uniqueness and the originality of your writings.
So, what should you do? I usually went out to find a quiet place where my eyes can see a wide. Sometimes I bring a few friends to talk because I often get a good idea for my work from that conversation. I didn’t immediately look for things that I should write in my writing, just sit there and enjoy the surroundings. If you are always keep yourself in ‘research mode’ state you will always think creatively and can see things through a new perspective, and this is what will make interesting ideas will emerge by itself without you having to force yourself to think hard because it will only make yourself more reluctant to write.
“Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft; just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day.” – Will Self
Until now it is still a great challenge for me. Sometimes after writing several pieces, it occurred to me to read back the story I’m writing and when I was not satisfied, I deleted all and have to start again from scratch. I am aware that it would inhibit me to create a literary work so I try not to look back and continue to write my ideas until I need another idea for writing.
If I have to correct my writing on my own without the help of others then I would never be able to stop as I continue to grow and indeed human nature to never be satisfied. I prefer to give my writing to people who I believe can provide constructive comments to my literary work. By giving other people a chance to read your work, they will appreciate some parts they like and criticize parts they think are less good. The second opinion will greatly help your writing, to determine which ones you should maintain and develop, as well as which ones should you fix or remove.