Being a writer requires creativity. Creativity takes time but we can sometimes find an experience that will make us sit up and take notice.
As writers, we all take the things we go through during our day and make them a part of what we’re writing. Taking a moment, creating something amazing or thought provoking, it’s a big part of being writers. A thought was posed to me last week: At what point do you stop “creating” and simply begin “reacting”?
Can you tell when you’re no longer using your experiences to make a point, and are simply using the outlet before you to vent? I’m guilty of it, and I think we all are at some point. It’s a great place to find an outlet, right there on the page, hammering each key down hard enough, and hoping to push your frustration through the world.
I think there’s a very fine line between creativity and reaction. Some of the best thoughts are spun through being upset, frustrated, or having a bad experience, but there can be a point where that reactionary feeling starts to seep through you. When your readers notice, it could cause a problem.
How to combat this? Well, if an experience has inspired you to type out a blog, but as you start going along and you find that you’re putting a little more heat behind the keys than you wanted too, grab a notebook.
Write down what happened, why it bothered you, and the point you’re trying to make with what you’re writing.
After that, you walk away. Go jogging, go play Guitar Hero™, go take a nap, do something other than write that post. Work off all that frustration and anger you might feel.
You’re trying to make a point, not trying to pound someone into the ground.
Be creative and don’t react. Just walk away and work on it later. You have the information written down. If you can write, without the initial reaction, you might even come out on the other side with a better post in the long run.