doubt in the creative process

Doubt in the Creative Writing Process

Doubt is perhaps one of the biggest barriers between achieving our writing goals and keeping them dreams. Whenever we sit down to create, there's always that looming fear we just aren't good enough after all. All artists fear their work being rejected, criticized, ridiculed, and forgotten. ...and yet, doubt is healthy. Doubt in the creative process helps expand our creativity. If all creators went with the first idea that popped into their brain, they wouldn't experiment writing a paragraph or character differently. As writers, we should be looking to continue to imagine our characters, plot lines, scenarios, and prose in various brilliant lights. Here's how doubt contributes to the creative writing process.

Knowing and Developing a Writing Voice

Every writer wants what they've written to captivate and resonate with their readers. However, words on the page can't show emotion, so it's up to your word choice to evoke the correct feelings. Voice is one of the most critical yet difficult things for writers to develop. You could follow every grammar rule perfectly and yet the way you approach writing is completely different than someone else. That's because we all have our own thought processes and styles when it comes to presenting written information. Your voice marks who you are as a writer, which is why it's important to think about the way you structure sentences. Here's a guide for finding a writing voice.

unreliable narrator

Unreliable Narrators: The liars, criminals, and sociopaths of fiction

A narrator tells the story of a book, but an unreliable narrator is a character who tells a story that lacks credibility. The unreliable narrator adds the concept of questioning the credibility of a main character, whether it's through what they say or how they react when new information gets presented. Writers most commonly use unreliable narrators in genres like mystery and supernatural fiction because they create suspense that keeps readers guessing until the last page.

point of view

What Point of View Should You Write in?

When you’re looking to write a book (or any other form of writing), one of the first questions that comes to mind is what point of view works best for your piece. While there’s plenty of success for each viewpoint, there’s no surprise that there’s advantages and disadvantages of each one. Here’s a guide that will help you decide what point of view you should use for your writing.