10 Creative Things to Do Every Month as a Writer
1. Experience Art
Don’t just go and look at art—feel art. Embrace art. Study art. Art takes hard work, patience, silence, a flood of emotions, or a lack of emotions, lots of time. Realize the passion, the technique, the sacrifice art takes. Writers can learn to walk on a painting, a character from a play can inspire our creation for our own, music expresses more ways to say things in beautiful ways like poetry, every writer can learn something from art. We are kind of an artist except we paint with words. Museums, concerts, films, and theaters are all great places to seek inspiration.
2. Evaluate Writing & Self
I don’t think writers do this enough. Write a list of both strengths and weaknesses. Work on these, value yourself as a writer, and you should always be growing as one. Track your progress. Keep track of how much or how little you write every day.
I don’t write every day, I write in large quantities, and then I revise. It is a part of my process. Find a pattern and a process and then track whatever you do as a writer, look back at the month and see what you could do for the next month to help improve or better yourself. Like increasing word count, what is the difference from night to day. Do you write more in the morning or before bed? Do you not dedicate enough time to writing, where-else can you pull that time from? Give yourself goals to reach as a writer and as a reader.
3. Write a 2000 Word Story and Cut It Down to 300
Revision is the hardest thing the writer must do. Writers either tend to go over the word limit, or under the word limit. This challenges you to have a start and a finish. To consider the power of each words. To pay attention to style, syntax, diction, voice, scenes, actions. Everything the writer wants to include and exclude. Pay more attention to the art of your words and the beauty of the story unfolding in a short frame.
Flash writing is very hard for some writers, and easy for some. But finding the balance between word count and style is a goal to strive for.
4. Write in Another's World
Use the rules of the world to write in. This will challenge your writing skill, we learn best as writers when we are just starting out to write like someone else. To understand the language the same way the author intended for the audience. Do you like the style? The bare language? The overloaded syntax? The rules of magic? The world building? The stage to set the setting? The introduction to the characters?
I still use this exercise to reemerge myself in language. To follow the rules of someone else, it helps me get out of my head for a while. It helps me get past writer’s block for my own writing projects.
5. Look and Revise What You Wrote for the Entire Month
I write everything by long hand and then type it. I date everything I write as well. I hate revision, it takes me a long time. So, I write for two weeks, let’s say about 2-4 chapters, and then I revise the last two weeks of the month. I usually rewrite when I revise, or send my chapters off to beta readers and revise based on their feedback. I rely on my beta readers for different things, and I switch between them for different projects.
Looking at what you wrote at the end of the month, and then revising will improve time management when writing. It will be less work when you have completed the project and when the time comes for edits and publication. It will help ward off the dreaded manual overhaul, I promise.
Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.— Benjamin Franklin
6. Find a Club or Go to a Meeting
If you look online for local meetings, usually there are writing groups and clubs around town. Join one or go to a few group meeting/hangouts. Talking with other writers will teach you a lot if you already don’t do this. I have a group of writing friends and we meet once or twice a month We talk about what we are writing, any new techniques what we learned and what to try, or cool books to read. We also beta read for each other and discuss each other’s writings to help evaluate one another.
Other writers will make you a better writer guaranteed!
7. Start a Blog or Post on Another's Blog
Blogs are great because they are filled with advice, links, and current topics of the writing world. Blogs do take a lot of time and work, I won’t lie. But if you are a serious writer, and want to learn things, and want to share those things with others—this is the way to do it. Consider starting one if you haven’t already. It will help build your brand as an author and a writer.
Otherwise, follow a blog by signing up for the newsletter. Or if you know someone with a blog ask them to be a guest writer once in a while. A blog can also help exercise a different way of writing. Have fun with it!
My suggestion would to post at least once a month and with insightful material and topics to keep your followers and readers interested. A blog is to be helpful to other writers and readers, to give encouragement, inspiration, and advice. Be truthful. Be generous. Be awesome.
8. Listen to a New Song, Watch a New Movie, New TV Show, etc.
This is all about inspiration, creativity, and imagination. Write a prompt from a song title or from the lyrics. Use a tv show to write in an author’s world different than your own. Or a movie to spark a possible plot twist in a story you are writing, or write a troupe used in the movie.
Explore a video game with one of your own characters. Instead of just reading a book for your pleasure, look for literary crafts the author used, and try to implement them into your story. Use anime for imagination. Write a short story based on the theme of the anime, or the daily life of a character, but them doing everything the opposite, where does the story take you then?
9. Find a New Author or Blog to Read
Constantly expand your horizons as a writer. Maybe even try reading outside your favorite authors and genres, and explore other blogs. They will have tips and that can be unique to add to your skill set. Every genre has a set of techniques, and crossing genres are thrilling for both the story and the reader.
The tools you can add to your writing toolbox will always improve your style and story.
10. Write a to Do List for the Next Month
Some writers are organized and some aren’t. It doesn’t matter if your writing process is organized or messy, keep track of what needs to be done. Once you start writing a list, it may become overwhelming, but call it a master list. Take 3 or 5 things off that list to do every month. It increases productivity as well as positivity. Your brain releases endorphin's when you check a box down, and it feels good to accomplish things.
Here is an example of my list for the month:
- Revise chapter one based on critics
- Finish writing chapter two
- Finish writing chapter three
- Send both two and three to Amber for beta reading
- Write and publish a blog post