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How Can I Become a Creative Writer?

How Can I Become a Creative Writer?

To become a creative writer isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Even though some people in academic or technical writing might not agree with me on this.

Well, maybe it’s actually easier to write procedures of processes that have been laid down, than creating a new story out of nothing.

Creative writing comes naturally to some people, while others have to acquire the art through one means or another. Irrespective of which category you belong to, what matters more is that you are reading this blog post for a reason. And I won’t miss to chip in that if you have the interest to make a switch to creative writing or this is your first attempt at writing, then you should know that to hone your writing skill in creative writing should be one of your first main focus as you stride your baby steps.

Because in as much as creative writing is about writing from your imaginations and thoughts, it still follows the rules of writing. Yes, in creative writing there is freedom for wandering of thought quite alright, but this doesn’t mean you should ignore the necessary principles of writing

Can you become a creative writer without knowing what creative writing is? No! So, let’s see the meaning of creative writing. 

What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is any form of writing that comes freely from the imaginative senses of a writer. This could be a poem, prose, drama, or even a song.

Who is a Creative Writer? 

A creative writer is one who writes out of nothing other than his imaginations and creativity while abiding by the principles of writing. 

Qualities of a Creative Writer

A creative writer exudes the below qualities;

  • Organisational Skills: As a creative writer you need to be time conscious, proactive and organised. Have a writing plan and have enough self discipline to stick to it.
  • Creative: A creative writer who misses this quality should have ‘creative’ deleted from his title. Being creative and applying it in your writing is what sets you apart from other types of writers.
  • Good Command of Grammar: A creative writer needs to have a good command of grammar to produce authoritative, readable and interesting pieces.
  • Open Minded & Flexible: In this field you need to be open minded and flexible to learn, improve, receive and handle criticisms maturely as well.
  • Deep Thinking: A creative writer thinks beyond what is and transcends to what isn’t visible to others in order to create new dimensions to things – Innovations. This is how a creative writer is able to create characters and settings that feel real and at the same time different and unique.
A creative writer sees beyond what is visible

How to Become a Creative Writer

To become a creative writer, you should adopt the below guide;

  • Awaken your imaginative and creative senses.
  • Learn to see beyond what others see.
  • Form the habit of thinking deeply.
  • Be innovative. Be able to modify what is in existence into what is not in existence.
  • Know your audience. Always research or get information on who your intended audience are to guide your tone and style.
  • Hone your writing skills. If you are into writing at all, creative writing or not, honing your writing skill is one of the fundamental things you shouldn’t overlook. If your writing skill is poor, you would drive off your readers before they even make out what your pieces is about.
  • Write more often. Your writing improves by practice. The more you write, the better your skill becomes. Try to write on a new topic each day.
  • Have a writing plan. This will help you plan better and practice more.
  • Join creative writing clubs if you can access any. This will greatly help you learn and improve.
  • Have a mentor in the creative niche to be your second eye.
  • Find good creative books and make reading a hobby. Read works of other creatives and learn from their delivery styles, tone, languages and choice of words.
  • Learn to write almost like you talk. Don’t sound like a text book…that’s boring. Imagine opening a novel to read only to discover that instead of sounding like a story, it had a tone of an educational textbook.
  • Learn about plagiarism so you don’t fall victim to it in your writing. Always give credit to whom credit is due.


You see that you too can become a creative writer without breaking a bone, right? All you need to do is to keep practicing daily with the above guide to improve.

Is there anymore challenges you have that wasn’t attended to? Kindly leave a feedback on the comment box below and I will follow up.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

How to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is a form of theft which involves stealing someone else’s words, work or idea without acknowledging the person – citation.

This can happen consciously or unconsciously. Intentionally or unintentionally. But no excuse justifies this illegal act. 

If you haven’t had an in depth research on what plagiarism is and the different forms, then you most likely might be guilty of this offence without knowing. “Ignorance is no excuse”, remember. 

Read on to learn more about plagiarism and how to not be a victim. As it is a punishable offence, especially when it comes to academic research works. 

Forms of Plagiarism

  • Self-Plagiarism: This is using or borrowing from your former published works without citing them. Amazing right? Who would have thought this as an offence? It’s your work anyway and you can choose to do whatever you like with it, right? So I thought too, but the fact remains that it is against legal citation.
  • Copy & Paste: This requires no debate. It involves lifting other author’s words or works word for word and at the same time not citing or referencing them. Some authors term this Direct Plagiarism
  • Complete Plagiarism: This happens when an individual takes the complete work of an author, and submits it in disguise as theirs.
  • Paraphrasing: This involves stealing another’s words and idea and tactically changing some of the words but still retaining the message or idea and failing to reference the original source.
  • Duplication: This is when you share or submit the same work of yours to different publishers or editors without their knowledge and permission.
  • Mosaic Plagiarism: Mosaic plagiarism happens when a researcher intentionally lifts the words of an author and imbed them in between theirs without bothering to alter the words, use quotation marks or even cite the author.
  • Inaccurate Citation: This is where a writer or researcher wrongly cites a wrong author or work for the work of a different author, knowingly or mistakenly. It can also be a the act of citing a non-existent source for a stolen idea merely out of laziness.
  • Accidental Plagiarism: This is by omission. It happens when a writer takes information from an author or incorporates the works of another author and unconsciously forgets to cite or reference the author.

Implications of Plagiarism

Plagiarism and Reputation
  • Plagiarism can result in a loss of reputation and credibility. Such that no one ever trusts the originality of your work.
  • It can lead to legal punishments for copyright infringement
  • It devalues the efforts of the original authors
  • It makes it impossible to find the real source of a research when one needs a further verification of data, this applies majorly in the scientific or medical fields.
  • It robs you off the opportunity to hone your writing skill and authority, leaving you dependent on others and not trusting your abilities.

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

Everyone can easily be liable of this offence even without knowing. So it is best to abide by plagiarism law as much as possible.

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism
  1. Avoid copy and paste.
  2. Always cite your references. 
  3. Make use of quotation (marks) when quoting an author word for word in a situation you want to avoid losing the original meaning.
  4. Paraphrase
  5. Introduce your ideas.
  6. Make notes on the go as you take information from other authors, so you don’t forget who and where to cite.
  7. Confirm your work legally passes plagiarism score with an online plagiarism checker