Everyone has their own routines or rituals to stimulate the creative process. Whether it is a preference of standing up or lying down whilst writing, taking countless shower breaks, drinking vodka and chain-smoking as you write, or turning on the hoover as background noise1, everyone has their quirks and crutches they depend on to write. One of my personal necessities for writing is listening to music. Very specific, carefully selected music. My friend—and writing-buddy—and I have been developing a writing playlist for something over a year, which we update frequently and actively try to improve. This is a small selection of this playlist, which will hopefully be inspiring or otherwise a useful addition to your own creative process. Enjoy!
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There is another side to Creative Writing, one that has less to do with inspiration and letting your imagination run free on paper, but which involves a lot of eliminating, evaluating, repositioning, and table flipping. This less romantic, technical side is still an important -and rather interesting- part of the creative process, because it is necessary to make sure your work is pleasing in structure and coherence as well as style, creativity and ideology. This also gives you a better understanding of your own abilities and provides the necessary tools that can help to improve your weaknesses. This series of articles will look at some of those aspects of the technical side of Creative Writing, to see what techniques and methods can be used, and how to use them to turn your ideas into a creative text that will make sense to the readers and, hopefully, also be enjoyable. Continue reading “The Technicalities of Creative Writing, Part 1: Narrative Modes”