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8 Tips to Finding YOUR OWN VOICE in Creative Writing

teacher avatar Roula Alnounou, Teacher, translator, and writer

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10 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Confidence

    • 3. Inspiration

    • 4. Notes

    • 5. What to Write

    • 6. Follow Rules?

    • 7. Subjective Routine

    • 8. Editing Time!

    • 9. Honest Feedback

    • 10. Wrapping up!

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Hello there ladies and gentlemen!

Welcome to 8 tips of the craziest and most interesting ins and outs for a writer to write a poem, novel, story, journal, or whatever piece of creative writing. As long as you have the passion, that is all it takes! Grab a pen and unleash the writer within!

This course is about finding your own cozy space of writing, a place that is made especially for you. Beginning with grabbing your pen with confidence and ending with handling your book to the publisher.

What you need for this class:

1- Your eyes and ears

2- Your eyes and ears

3- Your eyes and ears

4- Notebook

Upon completion of this class, you will have what it takes to write your own color creatively on paper.

Feel free to ask any questions as I'll be more than happy to help. Let's hit it!

P.S. Never forget that creativity is all about being yourself.

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Roula Alnounou

Teacher, translator, and writer


So, who is Roula?

Hi there. Thanks for paying me a visit!

I'm an English Language teacher, an English Arabic translator, and a crazy writer!

Yup, my notebook is the dearest friend that I can never imagine my life without. I got a Bachelor's degree in English Literature because of the endless love for languages and cultures.

Honest advice that I usually share and stress in all classes is the one said by Oscar Wild "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken." Being you is the essence of everything and anything you're willing to do. It is what makes you have your own unique glimmer in this world.

Look forward to fabulous and enlightening classes!

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1. Class Introduction: Have you ever asked yourself, Why is it so difficult to get something on paper? Is anyone actually going to read my story? Why did I even consider writing? Don't worry. Oh, creative dryers. Ask themselves that exact question regardless of who you are, where you are. Some, this course is for anyone who has the passions right. It offers you 18 leak. Interesting and crazy tips guiding you go through the way of writing steps are all about finding your own color because having your own voice is what makes you right and create. My name is a writer, an English language teacher, an English translator and, most importantly, your guiding this course. So that's a start. 2. Confidence: hi everyone, and will come to a tips to finding your own voice in creative writing. In this video, we're starting with the very first up, which is confidence by confidence. I mean interesting, your style of writing that you have this one and only writing style that no one can ever imitate. I mean, it's OK. We all go through doubtful moments when we start thinking What if no one wanted to read my story? What if Elizabeth was not a good name for a character in a novel? What if it didn't sell? Just lose the what ifs. Take a deep breath and go easy on yourself, just the fact that it is your moment to shine and just keep going. I know this is easier said than done, but you can do it. Stephen King had a novel called Carry. You may have heard of this. It was turned into a movie, and it is brilliant. So go check it out. The thing here is that Stephen King got rejected 30 times when publishing this novel, but that did not stop him from publishing it. So never lose hope in yourself. As Sylvia said, the worst enemy of creativity is self doubt. One thing that can help you out through this process of finding your own confidence is actually remembering the reason why you started writing the first place. For example, whenever I go through a writer's block or mental breakdown, I remind myself of the reason why I started writing. It was that place where I can be who I truly am. No secrets, no masks, just words. So why do you write? What is it that I urge you to write? What inspired you to write? We'll discuss this further in the next class. 3. Inspiration: inspiration. Motivation? We hear these words a lot, but seriously, where can we find inspiration and why is it important now? Inspiration levels up your creativity, and you can find it in many places. It can be someone you love, maybe a mother, father, a sister, husband or maybe a friend. It can be a place where you used to play when you were kids. It can be a painting that you loved and had to write something about. It can be the past, a dish that you had the other day. Maybe a song may be a dream. There are so many sources of inspiration for me. I always get inspired whenever I watch a movie. Another source of inspiration that we should never forget about specialty as writers is books. You might ask yourself, What kind of book should I read? Is it a book that I like? Or a book that I never heard off? So you can do both Read books that you enjoy the best books that appeal to you or spark your interest and, at the same time explore more options. Try reading new books that you have never heard of, So the key here is to go wild with your book choices. Always remember that with no teeny tiny spirit of adventure and reading, you wouldn't have come across the books that you like nowadays. So jump into the sea and see for yourself which book will save you and then you get yourself a winner. So what do you think? What is your must? Read a book? Who knows? It might be the next inspiration for another writer. Let me start. If I had to choose a book, it would be George Orwell's 1984. 4. Notes: in this step, we're going to talk about the importance of taking notes. As a writer, I advise you to keep on riding. Keep a note book with you, borrow a paper or use the restaurants dishes you never know. When inspiration pays you a visit, you can use your smartphones laptops. Nowadays, it is quite easy to keep track of your thoughts, using simple APs that work on all devices. Some of these abs include Microsoft. One note. Google keep and ever note. Now one note is priceless for those writing in groups because it enables you to share the content easily. Google keep, however, is the answer you're looking for. If you want a place to write down your flash notes, these a quick, short quotations that you have in mind and finally my favorite ever note, which is like the full package old in one. You can use it wherever you want. You can keep it, you can share it, you can add to it, and I basically can't live without it. And, of course, nothing replaces a simple piece of paper and a pen. So it is up to you to decide which method to use The point here is that you should never stop writing, even if you were not in the mood, just tried that down. You can write. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I don't feel like writing anything. And who knows? These words might be the opening of a fantastic novel or the end of an absolutely amazing story, so keep writing because practice makes perfect. 5. What to Write: tip for is about what's right. What should you write about? Should you write about something that you like, or something that the reader would like? Keep it simple. Write your own crazy story. As long as you're keeping honesty and your writing, almost everyone will love it. Because these days people are looking for something that is genuine, something that is a true something that speaks to them. The only way to achieve this is by simply being you. So I remember a story that embarrasses you or a situation where you wanted to share it with the world. Write these stories and people will read them. As Howard said, Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Don't forget. Writing is a journey of discovery. You never know what's about to hit you. So it's okay to feel some kind of weird while writing at this stage, you just have to enjoy the moment a lot. Judging come later, when you start editing 6. Follow Rules?: Now that you're confident God inspired and shows your topic, how should you? Right? Are there some sort of rules to follow steps, Maybe methods? From here, you'll possibly think of two options. You might say I got this and I'll start old by my own. Or you might be like I'll just imitate my favorite authors writing styles. But because you are a superhero, you're going to do both. Now my advice to you is to combine both methods. The key word here is learned After deciding on a topic. Make sure to study your options, explore more methods, do some research, learn the basics of writing, to know the ins and outs of grammar. Stylistics even voke up. But be careful and always remember that you rule the rules. They do not rule you. When I first learned about flashbacks for shadowing icebergs lots, I was like, This is genius. I wish I had known them before. So, yes, there are some methods techniques in writing that you definitely should know about. They helped that you work flow smoothly, so employed them to enrich your voice and writing. But don't be consumed by them. 7. Subjective Routine: Now it's time to follow a subjective writing routine. Some writers start searching the Internet to see the best place to write this time to write . Should I write in the morning, or maybe at night, when everyone is asleep? Maybe I should write in a restaurant or maybe in my bedroom. Now this is what I mean by a writing 14 or a riding lifestyle. It is about wind to right, where to write and how to write related to habits that defined the writer within you the time when you are most productive, the place that gives you comfort on some personal habits related to you. For example, Ernest Hemingway wrote in the morning. That doesn't mean that you have to ride in the morning. Maybe you are a night person. An owl carried von Igot does, or dead push ups and sit ups all the time. Maybe you're not that oven athlete actually to work out before writing. Or maybe you are. Who knows? Nathan Englander used to turn off his cell phone, so it's all up to you find what is that most convenient to you? If it's up to me, I'd say that my own comfort zone is my desk in my bedroom. I'm used to writing at night when everyone is asleep, because it is the most convenient time and it's only me and the keyboard. Some might say that I like to light a candle. I writing, maybe turn on some music or write with a dim light. What about you? What defines your own subjective riding lifestyle? What is a habit that you must do whenever you want to write that you think no one else does ? What I want to highlight in the step is that that there are no perfect conditions for you to write. You define your own conditions. You should enforce yourself to follow others. Lifestyles. You should enforce yourself to turn off your cell phone, wake up every morning, do pushups before you write, follow your own subjective writing style. 8. Editing Time!: in this video will discuss the importance of editing Now at the stage, you can cross some points when you have to go back and read what you wrote. Some sentences will make you feel like Wow, Whoever wrote this is a genius. Another sentences will make you say, was the hell was I thinking? And here comes the first editor you're going to face it is you. You have every right to go hard on yourself before other editors actually started doing that. This quotation for Stephen King actually summarizes the editing process, he says. When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat this is going to hurt. Revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering Children, but it must be done. Of course, there is no one way for editing. Everyone has his own editing styles, depending on their own unique writing styles. However, if I could give you some pieces of advice, it would include the following first, take a break, try to distance yourself from the work you wrote after finishing it. It's good to give you mind some space actually to relax before going back. For you to be able to recognize all the grammatical syntactic issues. The second point here is reeling it out loud. Now I always do this. Reading your work out loud enables you to check how it flows. Is it boring? Is it interesting? Are the ideas clear? Would you make such a book? Give it a shot and you know what I mean. Sometimes the editing task itself is really tiring, so some writers actually tend to separate them into stages. For example, Stage one would be reading to find grammatical mistakes. Stage do might be about reading to check, whether smoother or not, 1/3 stage might be the final stage for them to read the whole thing over as a final round. And since we're living in the 21st century, it is easy nowadays to find some software's ABS programs used especially for editing. One of these that I actually use all the time is Graham early, and I use the free version. It helps detect run on sentences, double negatives on lots and lots. Using these tips and editing will help you through processing your own style to know what kind of mistakes that you keep making and your writing. You spot these mistakes and make sure that you work on them till you become your own professional editor. That's why we can say that editing is actually a life changer. It sharpens you, writing style, your own identity as a writer. 9. Honest Feedback: Congratulations, my friends. You've reached the final tip in this class, which is receive honest feedback. This is where you know how old the hard work you've done so far has paid off. There's no doubt that a good piece of writing is actually the one that touches the heart, the one that has a message to convey a story to tell. And with feedback, you'll know whether your message is hurt or not. If you're looking for compliments or a way to boost your confidence, family is the answer. But don't limit your audience difference and family try to choose the right support, the one that will honestly criticize you for your own good. Ask your teachers, your co workers, your supervisors or publishers. Remember that there is no failure here. It is only feedback that you concerned with away for improvement on. Some writers actually tend to take this stage personally because they are attached to their works. So make sure to examine what it said rather than the one who said it used their feedback to become a better creative writer. 10. Wrapping up!: if you are watching this video than you're a champ, Congratulations. You have just finished this class and you're ready to start your writing carrier to wrap things up. This course was about eight tips to finding your own voice in creative writing. Be confident, get inspired. Take notes, choose a topic, know how to write, follow a subjective routine, keep editing and finally get an honest feedback. That's it for this class. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions or any more tips to add, then please share it in the discussion below. Thanks for taking this course, and I hope you enjoyed it. CIA Incoming classes.