Creative writing is a great way to escape from the world for a while. Lose yourself in a world of your own making way everyone does as you want them to and life goes exactly to plan.
Creative writing can be a wonderful pastime that many of us want to do but have no idea how to start. You may have loads of ideas for a novel or you may want to share your passion for a hobby with others. How do you go about getting the words to flow.
Reading fiction is a great way to escape and many of us do so every day.
Reading a good novel allows your mind to escape into the world of the story and forget your troubles for a while.
You are using the fictional world of the author to take you where they will and you have no decisions to make or any say in the outcome, it doesn't matter what you think.
The story has been written and all you have to do is enjoy reading as the action unfolds.
Writing a novel or article yourself for publication is not an easy task and requires a lot of conscious thought and dedication.
What about writing for fun though, no one has to see what you have written unless you want to show others.
The blank page is the bane of many would be authors. Artists often feel the same way about a blank canvas. Making that first mark or writing that first word is going to muck up your pristine blank page.
Nothing drastic is going to happen when you write that first word. Nothing at all will ever happen if you don't write that first word.
Just write anything, don't think about it at all. Thinking things through comes from your conscious mind and your conscious mind is your worse critic.
Creative writing comes from your subconscious mind, the part of your mind that stores and remembers everything you have ever experienced.
So don't think just write, if you don't know what to write then try the following exercises.
Look around you and write about what you see. If your view doesn't inspire you then use one of the photo's on this page and describe what you see.
Start your sentence with I see and just write. I was looking out the window as I thought about writing this so I will describe what I see.
I see a lawn edged with a hedge. The hedge is overgrown and needs cutting. In front of the hedge is a holly tree the leaves are dark green edged with white. There are still berries on the tree and little birds fly back and forth from the house to the tree. On the far side of the hedge is a large grassy area where the village kids play. There are no kids playing today, the sun is shining but it's still cold out.
Don't worry about creating a masterpiece just get what you see down on paper, try to describe each thing you see rather than just writing a list.
Next try the same exercise but write about a task that you do every day. Write about how you make a cup of tea or coffee or write about doing the laundry, cleaning the fridge or going to work. Close your eyes and imagine yourself doing the task, then write it down.
You may think this exercise is easy and will just write ....put the coffee in the cup and pour on water but that's not describing what you do.
Here's my attempt...
I walked into the kitchen, picked up the kettle and walked over to the sink. I turned on the cold tap and filled the kettle with water. I turned around and placed the kettle back on it's base flipping the switch to boil the water. I reached up and took my favorite mug off the shelf and placed it on the tray in front of the kettle. I took a teaspoon from the drainer and picked up the coffee jar. I put a spoonful of coffee into the mug and waited for the kettle to finish boiling. I then picked up the kettle and poured boiling water into the mug. I placed the kettle carefully back on it's base and stirred the coffee. I opened the fridge and took out the milk. I poured a little milk into my mug and stirred it again. I took my hot mug of coffee back to my desk and sat down.
It's not going to win any prizes but there is no longer a blank page staring at me. The exercise has served it's purpose and I can always go back and edit it if I want to.
If you are stuck for ideas or just don't know what to write try these exercises.
Take your favorite novel and expand it. Write the next chapter or focus on one of the minor characters and give them their own adventure.
Take one of the many fairy stories and rewrite it with a different ending.
What really happened to Goldilocks after her encounter with the three
Did they all become friends and have other adventures?
Did Goldilocks know little red riding hood?
Were the three bears friends of the big bad wolf?
What about the three little pigs, is it the same wolf that tried to get little red riding hood or was it his brother?
If you are recreating the stories for a child put them in it, make them the hero that saves the day.
No matter what you write always remember that it should be fun and if your not enjoying it then stop. You are trying to escape from your stress not add to it.
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