Do you have aspirations of being a writer? A novelist, a journalist, or a poet, perhaps? One of the best ways to develop your creative writing skills is to practice creative writing. For many budding writers, this is easier said than done. Almost everyone has experienced, at some time or another, the dreaded ‘Writer’s Block’. You are ready to write or you have an idea, maybe even an assignment, but you just cannot seem to get started on it. Believe it or not, there are ways to overcome writer’s block – and the best thing you can do is practice your creative writing skills!
There are countless creative writing activities that you can undertake to practice and develop your writing skills. Try some of the following exercises if you’re finding it difficult to get started on your writing.
- Stream of consciousness writing is a great way to get the juices flowing. If you’re really stuck, then just write down what’s on your mind. It doesn’t have to make sense or have a point… the process itself will help to develop your ideas. Tip: use a timer and write for increments of one or two minutes.
- Find and read an interesting story in your local newspaper (online copies work too) and re-write the story from a different perspective, or develop the story with a twist.
- Take one or two lines from the same news story and write an entirely different story.
- Reflect on various ‘episodes’ in your life – consider your best, worst or scariest experiences and write them out in descriptive detail.
- If you’re trying to write poetry, take your emotions and feelings into account; imagine a scenario or an image that would conjure those feelings. This method can also be incorporated into a story.
- Create a story around a picture. Scour the internet or a magazine for an interesting picture and develop a story around it.
These are just a few of the many exercises that you can use to improve your creative writing skills. Experiment with some of them and see what you can come up with!