Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 1 – Five top tips to get started (creative writing)

Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 1 – Five top tips to get started (creative writing)

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Getting started with your creative writing might be one of your new year’s resolutions, or you might have been planning to get going with your writing for some time. Either way, this video can help. I’ve put together five tips based on my own experience of getting started with my own creative writing, to help start you off and inspire you.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, encouragement or just a little bit of advice from someone slightly further along, this is the perfect video to help.

My name’s Niki Valentine, but I also write as Nicola Monaghan. I write novels and stories in two different genres. I’ve won literary prizes and made bestseller lists but, more importantly, I managed to get started on my creative writing and can help you do the same. These five simple lessons are all born out of my own experience, and the things I did right and wrong along the way. Learn from my mistakes and challenges, as well as my successes. Learn about setting targets, and writing challenges that might help you, such as National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) and 100k in 100 days. Whether your ambition is to become a novelist, or just to get started and get some short stories out there, get inspiration and encouragement and get started putting pen to paper!

This is part of my series/course of lectures and lessons for beginners in Creative Writing. Thanks for watching. If you’re interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course.

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