More Creative Writing Practice


 Whether we are preparing an essay, blog post, or story, we need idea sparks to motivate our writing practice.

Here are a few suggestions:
1.    Search your favorite subject or blog topic to spark ideas.
2.    A favorite holiday memory, including a favorite recipe or two
3.    Re-write a scene from a novel you’ve read
4.    Take a magazine or newspaper article you liked and re-write it as a short story or a poem.
5.    Check out Fred White’s “Where Do You Get Your Ideas? A Writer’s Guide to Transforming Notions into Narratives.”
6.    Grab a Quote and use it for the first line of an essay.
7.    Create a new short story ending, use a story you like and make it different.
8.    As you drive around town on errands, your commute, or traveling, grab an unusual or common sight and give it a story. Create an article for its improvement.
9.    Use a subject word and make a word list to develop what it means to you. Then write a poem, a short story, or an essay relating your list. For example: I used the following list to develop a project about friendship:

a.    Finding Ruthie
b.    Friends
c.    Pals
d.    Companion
e.    Lots-in-common
f.    Walking-together
g.    Always there
h.    Camaraderie
i.    Close
j.    Buddy
k.    Chum
l.    Mate
m.    Comrade
n.    Partner
o.    Playmate
p.    Fun, play, dance
q.    Take-care
r.    Trust
s.    Love
t.    Joy & sadness
u.    Good times & bad
v.    Always sharing
w.    Together
x.    Support
y.    Encourage
z.    Dependable
aa.    Walking
bb.    Running
cc.    Keep friends & treat them right

Writing the Wave by Elizabeth Ayres
Elizabeth presents creativity formulas for building original creative writing projects by layering seemingly random steps. Her Point of View (POV) discussion clicked for me. She likens POV to an artist’s perspective and purpose as the underlying structure for writing creatively. Here are the steps I traversed recently:
1.    To gain perspective, or viewpoint, I first described an acquaintance, as she or he—in third person.
2.    Then that person describes herself or himself.
3.    Thirdly, someone, maybe grandpa, who has passed on, describes the same person.

In analyzing the three views, I noted the different levels of information given about the person. Which view might lend itself with glimmers into the person’s life and motivation for story development? Hmm.

I continue to work through the book, making discoveries, and having fun learning layering methods for Creative Writing Ideas.

Write & Embrace the Process

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Deborah Lyn Stanley is an author of Creative Non-Fiction. She writes articles, essays and stories. She is passionate about caring for the mentally impaired through creative arts.
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Karen Cioffi said...

Deborah, great list for how to get ideas going for your creative writing. I used #6 for an essay in an English class in college:
"...Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean,—roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin,—his control
Stops with the shore..."
Lord Byron
Too bad this doesn't hold true today!

lastpg said...

These are great ideas to spark our creativity, Deborah. Thanks for such an illuminating post!

Terry Whalin said...

Deborah Lyn,

What a terrific list of ideas to stir our writing. Thank you. I always find a lot of valuable ideas in such lists.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Really, just turning to this article as a reminder should serve as a darn good nudge , but a former contributor to this #writersontheMove blog, Carolyn Wilhelm, posts a #writersprompt on the 15th of each month. It’s great for parents and educators to use. It often includes a free download. And lots of inspirational images, too. You can subscribe to the blog or search our blog with the function in the right column to find them all. Http://
Happy season to all!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Karen, neat. You remember it!!! Poetry is so great when we let it show off. I like Tennyson for that!😊👍

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