Creative Writing Process: Making Use of Mental Connectors

By Shane Watson
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What is a Creative Writing Process?

Creative Writing Process means to write or produce imaginative works, setting aside the principles of conventional writing. To write creatively, one has to conjure up a plethora of imagery into coveted words that would appeal to the senses.

Now, creativity itself knows no bounds or pre-defined set of principles, rather it is a momentous flow that can flood any person (writer or no writer). Then why is it, that writers often get trapped into the whirlpools of their own thoughts and imagination.

Creative Writing Process:Problems Associated

All of us have a story to tell, an experience to share or a joke to crack. When it comes to verbal uttering, there are no confines. But the blow lands, when you have to take your imagination to the word-mill. Suddenly you seem to lose all of your grain in thin air, standing dumbfound, unable to balance your creative writing process.

Nevertheless there is a strong personal belief of mine, ‘if you can think, so can you write.’

Thinking, either forced (problem solving) or natural (intuition, wonder, perception) is an ongoing process, 24/7 for all of us. So, we will be talking about the barriers that obliterate the transformation of mental imagery into the coveted blood lines__ words, sentences, and paragraphs!

I would classify “Lack of a Systemized Pattern” to be the culprit.

The mental course of creative writing process is an embedded flow of intuitive-ideas, plans, scenes and characters. When it comes to writing these down, the actual hurdle is the lack of connectors.

You have a story to tell. You have visualized it enough and know the characters, events, associated feelings and additional ramifications, by heart.

You say, ‘It was really easy to visualize. A Breeze!’

‘Is that really so?’

Till your ideas were ‘imagery”, it was, but the moment you sit to transform them into words, you start panicking. This is the hard part, when one has to sit and pen down his/her imagery into words. It does not happen due to lack of words or poor grammar, rather it is a matter of not converging imagination and preparation,together.

We know WHAT TO TELL.

We little do know HOW TO TELL.

But, we do not know the best WAY TO TELL.

…and this tends to be the first step towards a writer’s death knell.

How to Use Mental Connectors for Creative Writing Process

A writer’s dilemma is most often referred to as Writer’s Block but there is more to it, than only that. A writer during creative writing process, might get caught up in beginnings, middle or the end. But if he makes use of the right set of tools, i.e. perceptive utilization of CONNECTORS, he can fairly escape the tight spots. Whilst writing, one should synthesize the ideas with the words that are being produced.

Connectors are mental anchors that churn out the imagery produced and synthesize them into words. For creative writing process, you have to think creatively but write smartly and this is what connectors do. They plan out and strategize your imagination during the writing process, so you stay focused and do not get out of line.Since creative thinking and analytical writing are the hand maids of creative writing process, so there are a few rules to follow.

Thinking is free form but writing is not. When you are writing from your own thinking, you need to get the mental connectors working, so you do not topple over your own ideas during the creative writing process.

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