What Qualities Make a Good Creative Writer?

An effective writer relaxes and plays with different ideas and perspectives.

An effective writer relaxes and plays with different ideas and perspectives.

Writers who can produce fresh and tidy content are not easy to find. Those who are good at it share certain qualities that allow them to become masters of their craft and keep their intended audience informed and entertained. Whether you're looking to hire or become a creative writer, you should know which qualities a writer needs to be successful.

Relaxed Mindset

Creativity often strikes in moments of relaxation, when the mind is left to wander and daydream. On the other hand, an article from Forbes.com reveals that stress is a common nemesis to creativity. In addition to physical health problems, stress can make it difficult to come up with innovative ideas and overcome writer’s block. A writer who knows how to keep a relaxed and positive mindset is more likely to create fresh content, rather than resort to tired cliches to meet a deadline.

Boldness

Along with stress, fear is another enemy of creative writers. Fear of making a bold joke or stepping into unfamiliar territory can prevent a writer from stumbling onto an outstanding idea. On the other hand, a writer who is willing to play with innovative concepts and stretch his creative boundaries can be a great asset. This is especially true if you want to treat your audience to moments of humor while simultaneously providing them with information. For example, a business owner might need a creative ad copywriter to amuse potential customers while also dispensing important information about the company’s products and sales promotions.

Commitment

No matter how many ideas a person comes up with, it’s hard to consider him a writer unless he actually writes. Sometimes the hardest part about writing is actually putting the pen to the page. You need to be committed to writing every working day and not make excuses for failing to do so. As a supervisor, you must find writers who are sure to do the job and not just pitch ideas. If you are a writer who has trouble finding motivation, create clear boundaries between the time you spend planning your writing and the time you spend actually doing it. When it comes time to write down your ideas, force yourself to do so. Even if you don't like what you're writing, you can always go back and polish it later.

Meticulous

Even a great idea can fall flat if its presentation is not good. An effective writer must know how to organize his writing into a logical design. She should focus on concise sentences and review the work for common errors and ambiguity. The editing process requires a meticulous personality and should give the writer’s work a professional shine, which is a necessity when it comes to written material that the public will see.

 

About the Author

Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as Synonym.com and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.

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