Is there an easy way to make a story? I don’t want to talk sweet to say that you will get an easy way to write here. If indeed writing is that easy, then everyone would be a writer, and professional writers will not be special anymore. Writing is a process of creative work that will require the uniqueness of each author. Therefore, the most effective writing method is the way you find and develop while you write your pieces. So, what I will share with you is the approach that you can take to find a way to write the most suitable for you.
I have written several short fiction stories that have been published in various places. Also, several original plays or that I composed from short stories that I wrote myself and have been widely used in several performances at local theaters. So far, I am still productive in producing work in a way that I developed myself. This method is assembled from several methods used by famous writers and some adjustments that I make to keep me feel comfortable while writing.
1. Take a Closer Look on Anything and Begin to Wonder About Everything
“Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult.” – Ernest Hemingway. It is a fragment of a sentence spoken by a great writer, Ernest Hemingway, when interviewed by George Plimpton on best practice to be an aspiring writer. In the final sentence of the answer to the interview questions, Hemingway said, “At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Sounds reasonable but don’t you start to think to hang yourself to produce a masterpiece. I can assure you that you don’t need to do that. I prefer to think that we should always be in research mode to create brand new and fresh ideas. We have to be more creative and critical, looking for new perspectives in seeing everything. When you want to tell something big, you don’t always have to start your idea with something big like an elephant, skyscrapers, or the sun. You can write about ants, dust, or even germs because everything will look great if you look at it from a closer distance.
2. Start by Writing Anything Then You Can Write Everything
“Don’t just plan to write – write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.” – P. D. James.
The above quote is the thing that I always remember when I would start to write. There will always be doubts that arise when you start to write, whether it’s the idea you write or how you present your ideas in your writing. Sometimes, even when you find great ideas for your writing, you still can find your readers’ fear would not understand the purpose that you want to convey from your writing. However, if you continue to be doubtful, you will not be able to start your writing, let alone create a masterpiece. Maybe you want to think: There will always be the possibility that readers will not understand what I mean by my writing, but they will be more difficult to understand if I keep my ideas always in my head. With such a mindset, I write my ideas more freely and always try to think that my writings are smart readers so I will not be too bothered by how I should write my writings.
But what should you write? It would be easy to start your writing if you already have an idea, right? If so, any idea in your head is an idea that may be of interest to some people or even all people worldwide. Don’t think too much, write! Rest assured that every human being is unique; any simple thing you are thinking could be the thing that never crossed at all in the mind of anyone, anywhere.
3. There is Nothing Good about Excessive
“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the internet.” – Zadie Smith Good writing is writing that can touch with things that are familiar to the reader, so they will immediately understand the text without having too much to think. Therefore, being a good writer requires extensive knowledge, but too much information can also be a double-edged sword. With too much information in your head, it won’t be easy to find an original idea for your writing. When you read too much person’s writings, you will unconsciously imitate the manner and style of writing, including the ideas presented in the text. When you realize that, the hesitation will re-appear on the uniqueness and the originality of your writings.
So, what should you do? I usually went out to find a quiet place where my eyes can see a wide. Sometimes I bring a few friends to talk to because I often get a good idea for my work from that conversation. I didn’t immediately look for things that I should write in my writing; I sit there and enjoy the surroundings. If you are always keeping yourself in a ‘research mode’ state, you will always think creatively and can see things through a new perspective, and this is what will make interesting ideas will emerge by themselves without you having to force yourself to think hard because it will only make yourself more reluctant to write.