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Creative Writing 101: Everything You Need to Get Started

Lindsay Kramer

Creative writing: You can take classes in it, you can earn a degree in it, but the only things you really need to do it are your creative thinking and writing tools. Creative writing is the act of putting your imagination on a page. It’s artistic expression in words; it’s writing without the constraints that come with other kinds of writing like persuasive or expository. 

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What is creative writing?

Creative writing is writing meant to evoke emotion in a reader by communicating a theme. In storytelling (including literature, movies, graphic novels, creative nonfiction, and many video games), the theme is the central meaning the work communicates. 

Take the movie (and the novel upon which it’s based) Jaws , for instance. The story is about a shark that terrorizes a beach community and the men tasked with killing the shark. But the film’s themes include humanity’s desire to control nature, tradition vs. innovation, and how potential profit can drive people in power to make dangerous, even fatal, decisions. 

A theme isn’t the only factor that defines creative writing. Here are other components usually found in creative writing:

Creative writing typically uses literary devices like metaphors and foreshadowing to build a narrative and express the theme, but this isn’t a requirement. Neither is dialogue, though you’ll find it used in most works of fiction. Creative writing doesn’t have to be fictional, either. Dramatized presentations of true stories, memoirs, and observational humor pieces are all types of creative writing. 

What isn’t creative writing?

In contrast, research papers aren’t creative writing. Neither are analytical essays, persuasive essays , or other kinds of academic writing . Similarly, personal and professional communications aren’t considered creative writing—so your emails, social media posts, and official company statements are all firmly in the realm of non-creative writing. These kinds of writing convey messages, but they don’t express themes. Their goals are to inform and educate, and in some cases collect information from, readers. But even though they can evoke emotion in readers, that isn’t their primary goal. 

But what about things like blog posts? Or personal essays? These are broad categories, and specific pieces in these categories can be considered creative writing if they meet the criteria listed above. This blog post, for example, is not a piece of creative writing as it aims to inform, but a blog post that walks its reader through a first-person narrative of an event could be deemed creative writing. 

Types of creative writing

Creative writing comes in many forms. These are the most common:

Novels originated in the eighteenth century . Today, when people think of books, most think of novels. 

A novel is a fictional story that’s generally told in 60,000 to 100,000 words, though they can be as short as 40,000 words or go beyond 100,000. 

Stories that are too short to be novels, but can’t accurately be called short stories, are often referred to as novellas. Generally, a story between 10,000 and 40,000 words is considered a novella. You might also run into the term “ novelette ,” which is used to refer to stories that clock in between 7,500 and 19,000 words. 

Short stories

Short stories are fictional stories that fall generally between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Like novels, they tell complete stories and have at least one character, some sort of conflict, and at least one theme. 

When a story is less than 1,000 words, it’s categorized as a work of flash fiction.

Poetry can be hard to define because as a genre, it’s so open-ended. A poem doesn’t have to be any specific length. It doesn’t have to rhyme. There are many different kinds of poems from cultures all over the world, like sonnets, haikus, sestinas, blank verse, limericks, and free verse. 

The rules of poetry are generally flexible . . . unless you’re writing a specific type of poem, like a haiku, that has specific rules around the number of lines or structure. But while a poem isn’t required to conform to a specific length or formatting, or use perfect grammar , it does need to evoke its reader’s emotions, come from a specific point of view, and express a theme. 

And when you set a poem to music, you’ve got a song. 

Plays, TV scripts, and screenplays

Plays are meant to be performed on stage. Screenplays are meant to be made into films, and TV scripts are meant to be made into television programs. Scripts for videos produced for other platforms fit into this category as well. 

Plays, TV scripts, and screenplays have a lot in common with novels and short stories. They tell stories that evoke emotion and express themes. The difference is that they’re meant to be performed rather than read and as such, they tend to rely much more on dialogue because they don’t have the luxury of lengthy descriptive passages. But scriptwriters have more than just dialogue to work with; writing a play or script also involves writing stage or scene directions.

Each type of script has its own specific formatting requirements. 

Creative nonfiction

Creative nonfiction covers all the kinds of creative writing that aren’t fiction. Here are some examples:

Tips for writing creatively

Give yourself time and space for creative writing.

It’s hard to write a poem during your lunch break or work on your memoir between calls. Don’t make writing more difficult for yourself by trying to squeeze it into your day. Instead, block off time to focus solely on creative writing, ideally in a distraction-free environment like your bedroom or a coffee shop. 

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Get to know yourself as a writer

The more you write, the more in tune you’ll become with your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. You’ll identify the kinds of characters, scenes, language, and pieces you like writing best and determine where you struggle the most. Understanding what kind of writer you are can help you decide which kinds of projects to pursue. 

Challenge yourself 

Once you know which kinds of writing you struggle with, do those kinds of writing. If you only focus on what you’re good at, you’ll never grow as a writer. Challenge yourself to write in a different genre or try a completely new type of writing. For example, if you’re a short story writer, give poetry or personal essays a try. 

Need help getting started? Give one (or all!) of these 20 fun writing prompts a try .

Learn from other writers

There are lots of resources out there about creative writing. Read and watch them. If there’s a particular writer whose work you enjoy, seek out interviews with them and personal essays they’ve written about their creative processes. 

>>Read More: How to Be a Master Storyteller—Tips from 5 Experts 

Don’t limit yourself to big-name writers, either. Get involved in online forums, social media groups, and if possible, in-person groups for creative writers. By doing this, you’re positioning yourself to learn from writers from all different walks of life . . . and help other writers, too. 

I wrote something. Where do I go from here?

Give yourself a pat on the back: You did it! You finished a piece of creative writing—something many attempt, but not quite as many achieve. 

What comes next is up to you. You can share it with your friends and family, but you don’t have to. You can post it online or bring it to an in-person writing group for constructive critique. You can even submit it to a literary journal or an agent to potentially have it published, but if you decide to take this route, we recommend working with an editor first to make it as polished as possible. 

Some writers are initially hesitant to share their work with others because they’re afraid their work will be stolen. Although this is a possibility, keep in mind that you automatically hold the copyright for any piece you write. If you’d like, you can apply for copyright protection to give yourself additional legal protection against plagiarizers, but this is by no means a requirement. 

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105 Creative Writing Exercises To Get You Writing Again

You know that feeling when you just don’t feel like writing? Sometimes you can’t even get a word down on paper. It’s the most frustrating thing ever to a writer, especially when you’re working towards a deadline. The good news is that we have a list of 105 creative writing exercises to help you get motivated and start writing again!

What are creative writing exercises?

Creative writing exercises are short writing activities (normally around 10 minutes) designed to get you writing. The goal of these exercises is to give you the motivation to put words onto a blank paper. These words don’t need to be logical or meaningful, neither do they need to be grammatically correct or spelt correctly. The whole idea is to just get you writing something, anything. The end result of these quick creative writing exercises is normally a series of notes, bullet points or ramblings that you can, later on, use as inspiration for a bigger piece of writing such as a story or a poem. 

Good creative writing exercises are short, quick and easy to complete. You shouldn’t need to think too much about your style of writing or how imaginative your notes are. Just write anything that comes to mind, and you’ll be on the road to improving your creative writing skills and beating writer’s block . 

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What is Creative Writing? | An Introduction for Students

But what exactly is it all about? And if you’re new to the subject, how can you get started? 

Creative writing is all about using your imagination and creativity to express ideas and thoughts in a way which is personal to you. Quite simply, it’s about adding your own ‘flair’ to writing, going beyond the traditional boundaries of academic or other technical forms of literature.

Learn more about what creative writing is, what the different types are, as well as some top tips on how to get started - all with this helpful guide and introduction to creative writing.

What is creative writing?

As the name suggests, creative writing is a form of writing that goes beyond the traditional realms of normal, professional, academic or technical forms of writing. 

Instead, it encompasses a number of different genres and styles across a whole range of fields of both fictional and non-fiction writing; storytelling, playwriting, poetry, prose, journalistic, and more. 

Though the definition can be quite vague, creative writing can, for the most part, be considered as any type of writing that is original and expressive of oneself. Typically, it can be identified by an emphasis on narrative craft, focusing on elements such as character development, narrative and plot, infusing its structure with imagination, invention and story. 

In this sense, creative writing can technically be considered any writing of contemporary, original composition - it's bound by no standard conventions and uses a whole range of elements in its craft.

In an academic setting, creative writing is typically divided into fiction, poetry, or scriptwriting classes, with a focus on writing in an original style, not defined by pre-existing structures and genres. 

What are the different types of creative writing?

Creative writing comes in many forms, encompassing a number of genres and styles. There are lots of different types of creative writing, which can be categorised as fiction or non-fiction. Some of the most popular being:

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What makes a good piece of creative writing?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that there is no pre-defined description of what it means to create a ‘good’ piece of creative writing. As the very name suggests, creative writing is an imaginative process, created by the individual with all their quirks and personalities.

Creative writing doesn’t fit one set genre and therefore there will never be an umbrella definition to describe the ‘perfect’ piece. Just think about a Gothic short story and then compare it to the features of a great Romantic poem - the two are so very different - it wouldn’t be unfair to judge them together. 

However, with that being said, there are a few general principles that you can follow to make your creative writing as strong as it can be - by making it as authentic and true to you as possible:

Know your audience - All great stories begin with a target audience in mind - because it’s exactly what you need to know in order to really tailor your writing and connect with them. Therefore, any creative writer should begin their writing by plotting out exactly who they want to read their work. Once you have this in mind, your writing will naturally begin to take direction and flow in a way that seems appropriate to your audience.

Write what you know - Quite often, the best stories are those which we can connect to and relate in one or another way to our own lives. Or, they’re stories which seem so authentic that you could imagine it to be about the writer’s own life. Now, this doesn’t mean that you quite literally have to write about your life, but drawing on knowledge you have about different elements of our lives to give your story some authenticity and more believability.

Creativity is key - Creativity is one of the most important elements of creative writing. It’s what sets you apart from other pieces of writing in your genre. Of course, this doesn't demand that you write a tale about a totally fantastical and mythical world with unique creatures - but simply use your creativity to think a little outside the box and put a unique twist on things; using literary devices like metaphors, alliteration, and varied sentence structure to make your work unique and interesting.

Push your imagination - One of the great things about creative writing is that there is no definition or rules on ‘how’ to write. It’s a much more subjective genre, and one which relies heavily on your own interpretations. Therefore, you should push your imagination to the limits to see what the end result could be. Some of the most interesting pieces of literature are thought-provoking or make us question the writing or world around us - where could your story take us?

Plot a loose story arc - Despite the loose bounds of creative writing, it is still advisable to plot a loose story arc for any piece of literature you create. Story arcs are critical at giving your writing direction and purpose, helping you to write the whole piece at a good pace, without writing any superfluous content or ‘waffle.’ Follow your story arc, and your writing will have a strong structure, pace and direction - keeping your readers more engaged.

What are some techniques used in creative writing?

To make their writing stand out, writers often employ several creative writing techniques and literary devices, including:

Character development - The process of creating a well-rounded, realistic character with depth, personality, and clear goals or motivations.

Plot development - The story of your piece of writing - how it develops, unfolds, and moves along in time.

**Point of view **- The perspective from which a narrative is told. It indicates who is telling the story and how the information is conveyed to the reader. Quite often writers will play with the point of view of the central character or protagonist to trick the reader and twist their perspective. 

Dialogue - Refers to the speech and conversations characters use to speak to one another. Dialogue and the language choices a character makes can be pivotal in helping define their personality.

Literary devices - Such as metaphors, similes and alliteration to make creative writing more imaginative and descriptive. These are used in a myriad of ways by writers to make their writing more vivid, interesting and engaging.


Can creative writing be taught?

Of course! Creative writing can be taught, and is a very popular subject for university students, and for those who attend our summer courses . 

Those who pursue the subject of Creative Writing will typically study a variety of texts from different periods of time to learn more about the different genres of writing within the field. They’ll become familiar with some of the leading creative writers from generations past to present, as well as some lesser-known and emerging writers in the industry.

Inspired by what they’ve learnt in the classroom, it’s not uncommon for Creative Writing students to also participate in regular workshops and scratch sessions, where they bring a piece of their writing along to class and have it read by other students and the tutor. They’ll leave with constructive feedback on how to improve their writing, or recommendations of other works which they may want to read to take influence from.

How to start creative writing

If you’re interested in getting those creative juices flowing and improving your writing craft, read some of our tips below on how to start creative writing :

Read as much as you can - For creative writers, inspiration comes from a whole range of sources, but most commonly, from other writers. There’s some excellent examples of creative writing throughout history that all writers should be inspired by. Read a variety of genres by different authors to get a real feel for what type of writing you may want to do. Need some inspiration? Check out our blog: 15 Classic Books to Read

Start journaling - Starting a journal can really help to unleash your inner creativity. Getting into the habit of writing each day about literally anything that’s preoccupied you that day will help you practice the art of writing. The more regular you journal, the more you’ll build your confidence. You never know, you could even find your next great idea from something you’ve journaled about!

Attend a Creative Writing summer course - If you’re just starting out as a creative writer and looking to collaborate, share ideas with others and workshop your writing, then joining a creative writing summer school could be a great option. Our creative writing summer courses are designed to help you extend your creative writing toolkit; you’ll analyse some of the industry’s greatest writers, as well as workshop some of your own writing with your peers.

Practice using literary devices - Literary devices, such as metaphors, similes and rhyme can really help you write more vividly and create really descriptive, imaginative scenes. Practice using them regularly and you’ll soon watch your own creative writing start to flourish. Need some ideas to help you get practising? Look around your house and pick a random object. Then, practice using 5 literary devices to describe that same object - see where your creativity can take you!

Write, write, write! - When it comes to how to start creative writing, one of the biggest pieces of advice we can offer is to pick up your pen or laptop, and start writing. Whether you have a single conversation starter for a character, or a complete narrative arc, you will only begin your creative writing journey when you physically do it. Even if you have no idea on what to write - look for writing prompt inspiration from all around you. The more you practice unleashing your creativity, the easier it will be to write over longer periods of time.

Creative writing is an expressive form of literature; one which demands you to use your own creativity, imagination and story to portray a particular message, emotion, or plot. It defies the traditional bounds of other forms of writing and is completely subjective to our own preferences and experiences.

For those looking to get started with creative writing, it’s important to really immerse yourself in the world of literature, reading and writing as much as you can - and even workshopping your work where possible. Creative writing summer schools and evening classes are a great way to meet other like-minded students, share knowledge and feedback, and really upskill yourself.

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It’s the most influential learning environment, with the most inspiring tutors - guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing!

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Starting a story is often the most daunting part of the writing process. Staring at a blank page, knowing that the first line plays a crucial role in whether your audience will keep reading or not can certainly add pressure.

Whether you are writing a short story or a novel, getting started is half the battle, so don’t let fear stop you in your tracks! Instead, use some proven techniques to jumpstart your writing.

How to Start a Story

Understand that you don’t always have to start at the beginning—you can actually start by writing any part of your story. Some writers even start by writing the ending! 

But if you already know what you want your story to be and just need a little push getting started, these options for starting a story might help trigger the right words:

1. Dialogue

Nothing draws readers in like introducing them to your characters in the middle of an ongoing conversation.

If you want to use dialogue to open up your story, you can choose to start with a heated conversation that leads to action, or even casual talk that introduces to the characters and their relationships.

The following example is the opening scene of Eleanor Porter’s “When Father and Mother Rebelled” in her short story collection Across the Years: 

“’Tain’t more ’n a month ter Christmas, Lyddy Ann; did ye know it?” said the old man, settling back in his chair with a curiously resigned sigh. “Yes, I know, Samuel,” returned his wife, sending a swift glance over the top of her glasses. If Samuel Bertram noticed the glance he made no sign. “Hm!” he murmured. “I’ve got ten neckerchiefs now. How many crocheted bed-slippers you got?–eh?” “Oh, Samuel!” remonstrated Lydia Ann feebly. “I don’t care,” asserted Samuel with sudden vehemence, sitting erect in his chair. “Seems as if we might get somethin’ for Christmas ’sides slippers an’ neckerchiefs. Jest ’cause we ain’t so young as we once was ain’t no sign that we’ve lost all our faculty for enj’yment!”

This conversation, though seemingly trivial, helps introduce readers to the two characters and offers insight to the dynamic of their relationship.

Another way of luring readers into the thick of things is by opening your story with action. This strategy is particularly common in fantasy and science fiction stories. 

Here is an example from the opening scene of the dystopian fantasy Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: 

It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black.

3. Character Description

An exposition that describes your characters can be another effective way to draw your readers in.

Take this example from L.M. Montgomery’s “The Hurrying of Ludovic” in The Chronicles of Avonlea” :

Anne Shirley was curled up on the window-seat of Theodora Dix’s sitting-room one Saturday evening, looking dreamily afar at some fair starland beyond the hills of sunset. Anne was visiting for a fortnight of her vacation at Echo Lodge, where Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Irving were spending the summer, and she often ran over to the old Dix homestead to chat for awhile with Theodora. They had had their chat out, on this particular evening, and Anne was giving herself over to the delight of building an air-castle. She leaned her shapely head, with its braided coronet of dark red hair, against the window-casing, and her gray eyes were like the moonlight gleam of shadowy pools. Then she saw Ludovic Speed coming down the lane. He was yet far from the house, for the Dix lane was a long one, but Ludovic could be recognized as far as he could be seen. No one else in Middle Grafton had such a tall, gently-stooping, placidly-moving figure. In every kink and turn of it there was an individuality all Ludovic’s own. Anne roused herself from her dreams, thinking it would only be tactful to take her departure. Ludovic was courting Theodora. Everyone in Grafton knew that, or, if anyone were in ignorance of the fact, it was not because he had not had time to find out. Ludovic had been coming down that lane to see Theodora, in the same ruminating, unhastening fashion, for fifteen years!

4. A Character’s Thoughts

Another good way to grab your readers’ attention is by opening up a character’s thoughts, especially those that seem strange or out of the ordinary. 

Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty uses this approach in starting the story: 

The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master’s house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a grove of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank. While I was young I lived upon my mother’s milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the grove.

5. Prologue

When you start a story with a prologue, it’s usually to share some important information or backstory about your character(s). This can help your reader understand something important about the characters or the story before jumping right in.

Bodie Thone’s Warsaw Requiem , Book 6 of The Zion Covenant, starts with the following excerpt:

January 19, 1991 All the reading lamps had gone out, leaving the cabin of the jet muted by the soft twilight of recessed lighting.  Through the small window of the El Al passenger plane, the stars above the Mediterranean seemed hard and cold, unblinking in the thin atmosphere of 35,000 feet.  David Kopecky stared out across the moonlit wing, watching as a red light winked on and off with a steady rhythm. Closing his eyes for an instant, he remembered his own longing as he had watched lights like this pass over the night sky above Russia. Always he had craned his neck to watch, dreaming of the freedom that must surely lie at the end of the journey. He had imagined men and women encased in the sleek silver cocoon of a passenger jet high above his head. Where are they going? he had wondered. And how are they so privileged that they can leave Russia?

6. A Letter

Another unique way of opening a story is with a letter, which can reveal information about relationships between certain characters or their ongoing situations.

For example, in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, she takes a different twist with Book 4, Anne of Windy Poplars , starting with a letter and using letters to tell most of the story. 

(Letter from Anne Shirley, B.A., Principal of Summerside High School, to Gilbert Blythe, medical student at Redmond College, Kingsport.) Windy Poplars, Spook’s Lane, “S’side, P. E. I., Monday, September 12th. DEAREST: Isn’t that an address! Did you ever hear anything so delicious? Windy Poplars is the name of my new home and I love it. I also love Spook’s Lane, which has no legal existence. It should be Trent Street but it is never called Trent Street except on the rare occasions when it is mentioned in the Weekly Courier . . . and then people look at each other and say, ‘Where on earth is that?’ Spook’s Lane it is . . . although for what reason I cannot tell you. I have already asked Rebecca Dew about it, but all she can say is that it has always been Spook’s Lane and there was some old yarn years ago of its being haunted. But she has never seen anything worse-looking than herself in it.

Hook Readers from the First Line

By choosing the right type of opening for your story, you can tackle one of the most difficult aspects of storytelling: getting started!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen, pour another cup of coffee, and let those ideas start flowing!

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Yen Cabag is the Blog Writer of TCK Publishing. She is also a homeschooling mom, family coach, and speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, an educational philosophy that places great emphasis on classic literature and the masterpieces in art and music. She has also written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her passion is to see the next generation of children become lovers of reading and learning in the midst of short attention spans.


What great ideas. Thank you.

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September 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

This is a great list to honor different learning styles! I recently blogged about how we used a jeopardy game to enhance learning the school code of conduct, and I'm always a fan of making class books to reinforce concepts! I'll be trying more of these – thanks, Rachel! Susanna Whimsy Workshop Teaching

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November 21, 2016 at 7:51 am

Cool list guys! Really intrigued…cant wait to try some of them out…

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November 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

I already have the slogan for the cereal brand. It’s about The great fire of London btw. The slogan is “This will burn your mouth like it burned down 1300 homes”

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September 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

Wonderful ideas here! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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October 11, 2021 at 8:31 am

yes! very great ideas keep them coming thanks for sharing.😊

September 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Brilliant list! Wow! To answer your question; #8 yes #9 yes #24 – do that video one lot. LOVE these and will try many more. Feeling inspired 🙂

btw on #33? Well.. actually.. I created and produced an SBTV show called "Enlightenment Stew". 3 minute hodge podge of monologues every week full of humor/wisdom. Put my students on it a lot. We had a blast and report back was "We learn to much!"

This list is really cool.

September 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Love this list! I find it's best to give kids 3-5 choices. Otherwise they get overwhelmed! This list is great because it will help me change it up so the choices I offer aren't always the same ones.

October 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Funny…don't see take a state test…take a quarterly benchmark…take a unit pre/post test…sure wish we had time for these!

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December 7, 2020 at 6:58 am

I don’t think tests are a way to show information, they’re more of a way to see if students understand what they’re doing.

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Yes I agree

January 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Love this list! Thanks! I do assign a lot of these types of assignments already, but do find myself resorting to tests sometimes (although I like to use different, more "FUN" or in depth versions of tests) simply because our assessment policies indicate that we ought to only assess work that is done in class, i.e. that we can observe being completed so that we can assess the process & have conversations about the learning as well as to assess the final product. I have trouble, even when I tell students that work has to be done in class, and have routines to remind them to leave work in an assigned location each period, ensuring that no one takes it home. Then accusations about fairness begin. I'd love any suggestions! I teach middle school.

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March 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm

I used the wanted poster idea. My grade 2/3 students created wanted posters for 3-D shapes. They were able to use the attributes of the shapes to describe the wanted shape and had to find an example of that shape to add an image for the poster. We used it for an artwork piece by ripping the edges and staining them with tea to look old. Great media literacy(posters) activity as well as math. The whole school got involved when we posted them around the school. We had students dropping by the room all day long to show us the shapes they had captured for us. My students even made these students bringing us shapes count the vertices and faces to prove that they had captured the right shape. It really engaged everyone. I look forward to using some of your other great ideas.

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May 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm

I love this!! I’m a pre-service teacher in 1st grade and may actually use this tomorrow in class! The art idea is very fun and I think this a great way to make math engaging.

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I’m excited to try this wanted poster idea!

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List is very useful.

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So helpful! Many thanks!

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I love this. I used many of them when I was in school and teaching. They are all very helpful.

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Thank you for compiling such a thorough, and thoroughly useful, list.

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Cool list. I’ll try these out.

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Wow! I really love this list! I’m a teacher in an elementary school in Albuquerque, New Mexico and my students absolutely love these ideas. They enjoy writing fun little acrostic poems and what not and constantly say “Mrs Garcia, can we please do more!” It’s so great watching their eyes fill with understanding when they do these little tasks! My personal favourite is making a reality TV show. It really makes me laugh when I see a bunch of 9-year-olds acting in such a funny way! It really expresses their knowledge in a fun way that keeps them interested and keeps me happy! Thanks so much for this list.

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Great list–I would never have thought of some of these!

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Very nice Ideas regarding classroom projects. I think such projects if applied in classroom will make a big difference in teaching and learning.

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Creative Ways to Journal: 10 Creative Journal Ideas for Adults

Did you know there are many different creative ways to journal ? If you want to discover and develop a creative outlet , one of the best options is to experiment with several creative journaling ideas.

So, what are the different types of journaling you can choose from to nurture your creativity? Below, we’ll talk about 10 of the easiest writing and non-writing ways to creatively journal.

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Why We Need Creative Journaling Ideas

Many people have heard about the benefits of journaling , but the idea of writing all the mundane details of their daily lives seems incredibly boring. They may remember attempts at keeping a diary when they were younger, only to give up after writing the same things for a week straight.

You may be one of those people wondering ‘How do I journal if I hate journaling?’

Well, even though journaling isn’t really about capturing those yawn-worthy details of everyday life, I totally understand that some people are wired in a way that any hint of ‘boring’ is a roadblock.

Let’s get that roadblock out of the way and get you journaling in a way that feeds your creativity! 

Creative Ways to Journal

Overall, written journals are the most common type of journal, even when it comes to what we think of as creative journaling. 

Even though we call these ‘written’ journal ideas, it should be noted that a written creative journal is different than a traditional journal. Although you’re still writing, you’re using the pages to record ideas, thoughts, and feelings to inspire your creativity.

5 Writing-based Creative Journal Ideas

Story journal

As a writer, one of my favorite ways to do creative journaling is to keep a story journal. This is basically a journal in which you write responses to a question or single word prompt every day.

The idea is, you roll the question or word around in your mind for a moment and then start writing. You may end up with a 6-word short story (it’s a thing) , 600-word flash fiction, or an entire page of rambling about an event in your childhood that later finds its way into one of your books. The answers themselves AND the act of writing can help spark creativity.

You can also use this journal to jot down random story scene, plot, or character ideas, even if it’s not during your ‘normal’ journaling time.

Related: Feeling Stuck? Try These 14 Creative Things to Write In a Journal

Dream journal

This can feel really strange if you’ve never recorded your dreams before. Some of us may forget our dreams so quickly that it may seem like we don’t actually have any.

But if you’re interested in learning about how to use your dreams to inspire creative ideas, get into the habit of keeping a dream journal next to your bed. As soon as you wake up, write down any snippets of dreams you remember from the night before. You can even sketch pictures of things you may have seen in your dreams.

Don’t try to interpret your dreams as you’re writing. This exercise is simply recording, and then later you can go back and try to figure out what in the world those things really mean.  

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Mind map journal

Mind mapping is a fairly new journaling technique. It’s a visual-style journal, which can work wonders for creative people. Mind mapping works by recording your ideas in a visual way.

For example, write down your main idea — or a thought or emotion — and draw a big circle around it. Then, think of other ideas which relate to it and write them in groupings on the page. You then connect your sub ideas to the main idea, creating a mind map.

It might sound a little weird if you’ve never tried it, but it can really help to see the visual when you’re struggling with a creative problem or you want to come up with related ideas. 

Lay everything out on the page and it starts to become fun. Feel free to use different colors and lettering as you expand on your ideas. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can fill a page. 😉

Book / music journal

These types of journals can be kept several different ways. If you’re musically-inclined, you can always write your own songs or music compositions.

For the rest of us, we can use them as a way to examine passages from books and song lyrics. Write them out on the page — as straightforward or as fancy as you like — and then write about the ideas those words inspire. 

You can also ‘track’ the books you read and your thoughts about them, which I cover a little more later in the post. 

‘You can’t write if you don’t read.’ — Steve Earle

Coloring journal

This is like a dual-purpose journal. You get the relaxation and enjoyment of coloring, and along with that you can write a journal page of whatever you’re inspired by as you color.

If you’ve never tried a coloring journal before, this simple printable motivational coloring journal is just the thing to get you started.

5 Creativity Journal Ideas That Go Beyond Writing 

Photo journal

This can be as simple or as detailed as you want to make it. For a simple way to spark your creativity without any writing at all, commit to taking at least one photo every day that captures the feeling or main event of the day.

To go a little deeper with the ‘journaling’ part, write about the photo. What was happening? Who was there? What was said? How did you feel? What did the object in your photo make you think of or remember.

The camera lens often makes us look at the world a little differently and more creatively.

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Bullet journal ®

No creative journaling list would be complete without mentioning a bullet journal. While I’m sure the originator of this form of journaling, Ryder Carroll , never imagined just HOW creative his idea would become, it’s definitely a style of creative journaling that anyone can do.

All you need is a notebook ( dot grid is best ) and you can journal about everything you can imagine all in one place. One of the really fun things about bullet journaling is making it as creative as you want. 

Related: 15 Creative Bullet Journal Weekly Spread Ideas

Tracking journal

This is another creative journal idea that doesn’t necessarily require any writing. You can create a journal to track just one thing like moods or exercise. Or you can have a bunch of different trackers in your journal for EVERYTHING in your life.

And while you could simply color in little squares or write in numbers to do your tracking, nothing says you have to stop there. You can always create a journal with pages for jotting down thoughts, ideas, and feeling about your progress.

You can also make your tracking pages creative… like drawing bookshelves with books to color in as you complete each one, symbols for your favorite exercises for your exercise tracker… really, anything you want!

Art journal

An art journal is perfect for artists, designers, and really anyone who wants to explore their artistic side. You can draw, paint, and create collages of cuttings from newspapers and magazines. Because it’s so visual, this type of journal can really get the creative juices flowing.

Art journaling is very similar to scrapbooking, where you cut out images, quotes, and other elements you find inspiring and paste them onto a page in a pleasing layout. With art journaling, you can take things a step farther as you mix media and possibly even write journal entries to go along with your art.

Whenever you need a shot of inspiration, you can look over all of the things you’ve created in your art journal.

Related: How to Start an Art Journal Step by Step

Video journal

This one is perfect for people who really don’t want to write anything at all! Video journaling is simply making a daily recording of what’s going on in your life. You can also use it as a way to vocalize your thoughts and feelings even if nobody is around to talk about them with you.

Just start recording with your phone and you’re suddenly video journaling!

Should you post your video journal online? That’s completely up to you. Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid to get in front of the camera and let your thoughts flow.

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How Can I Make My Journal More Creative?

Maybe you really like ‘regular’ journaling, but you still wish you could add some creativity to it.

You can bring elements from ANY of these 10 creative ways to journal into your regular daily journal. Remember… there are no rules in journaling, so you are ALWAYS free to do whatever you want!

Add doodles, color, pretty tracking pages, pages of flash fiction. Paste in photographs or stickers. Use washi tape for splashes of pattern. Let your imagination run wild!

More Creativity and Journaling Resources

12 Outstanding Creative Outlets for Non-Creative Adults

Best Journals for Writing: 6 Top Picks

Want a fun journal that you don’t have to create yourself? Try the incredibly popular ‘Wreck This Journal.’  

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Now it’s up to you! With these choices of 10 creative ways to journal, which one will you try first?  Think about the style you’re most likely to benefit from and try that one first. If you try one and it’s just not working for you… try something else!

The entire purpose of creative journaling is to clear all the crud out of your brain and allow the creativity to flow more easily as you Build Your Best Life. 

You’ve got this!

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These are all such great ideas. I have tried of few of them in the past but have completely gotten away from journaling in the past year. Thanks for the inspiration to get back to it but maybe in a different way. #HomeMattersParty

Great ideas, l love them

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A short story is smaller than the novels. You may assume, this may give you fewer chances for exploring but it’s not like that. A short story can give you ample space to experiment. You will just have to know a few magical tips that will help you on the journey to write a successful short story.

There are story writing tips that are creative writing basics. In this article, we are going to provide you with 10 fantastic ways that will help you to improve your creative writing skills.

1. Get started with these emergency story writing tips

All our story writing tips will be helping you in the long run. Our emergency story writing tips will give you insights about how you can write a short story, even having a short time at hand.

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The conscious choice of your protagonist, either good or bad, should drive the rest of the plot.

Having an antagonist is just not enough. If it is a novel there would be time and space for character development. That too, characters can evolve differently from what they used to be. When it comes to a short story they can’t afford that much character development. 

Then also, short stories can be made interesting with a character who fights internal battles and negotiates with messy morals. This makes the story far more interesting than a protagonist who has to fight against a villain.

The unexpected consequences should be related to the goal of the protagonist and increase the emotional energy to make the story more relatable.

  You can avoid travel scenes. It will avoid the usage of many words. If there is a dialogue that is between character A and character B, then avoid repeating it to character C, this way you can avoid redundancy. Never describe the facial expression of the first-person narrator. You can never see your own expression.

The decision of the protagonist is something that you should make your readers eager for. You should not make it necessarily unpredictable.

2. Write a Brilliant and Catchy First Paragraph

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal”- J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, and the Philosopher’s stone.

It is from the first line that you should keep your readers hooked up. No one these days has the time to read a story that has a lousy start. So, write a first paragraph that would beckon a reader to read the whole story.

It should be unusual, unexpected, and innovative. You can begin with an action or conflict. There should be an emergency and tension there because short stories are smaller and end soon.

3. Developing the Characters

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Creating a living, breathing, and an ingenuous character will make your short story even more fascinating. The most important factor in characterization is that you should know more about your characters than the readers. Here, we have provided you with certain details that will help you get started on your characters.

To understand your character better, you must remember the aforementioned points about the characteristics of your protagonist. The important thing is most of them are unnecessary information for the readers. You need to find out the ones that are mandatory for the plot and use them in the story. This story writing tip is one of the most important creative writing basics.

4. Pick a Point of View

It is the perspective of the narrator in which the story is narrated. The perspectives are first, second and third. You will have to know who is going to tell the story and how much information and details, you want to reveal in a short story. Based on this, you can decide your point of view. The narrator can either be subjective if they don’t want to be involved or objective and report the actions.

First-person- The story is told using “I”. It is either the main protagonist narrating how the happenings are affecting their own life or a secondary character narrating the story that is revolving around the main characters. This can be an easy choice for inexperienced writers. Yet, the first-person character may start resembling the writers so much which would remove the excitement from it. Other than that, this makes characters other than the narrator become unfamiliar. Then also,  it creates a bond between the narrator and reader since they share secrets and opinions.

Second-person- The story is told while addressing the readers as “YOU”. The readers get a sense of belongingness, and they feel like a part of the storyline. . This way readers can confront the possibilities directly. You will have to keep the characters in a tangible environment. So, the readers will not be kept in the dark of certain possibilities. 

Third-person- The story is narrated using “He”, “She” or “It”. It enables you to explore the thoughts of all the characters. In this, you will have to take care of the transition from one character to another. Other than that, you will also have to deal with the absence of a character. 

5. Write Dialogues that are Meaningful

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

― John Green, Fault in our stars.

Dialogues are the most important part of the story. Make sure you give pauses between dialogues. You will have to make everyone see how the characters feel when they are talking. You will have to make them fidget, get nervous, shout and whisper in the dialogues. Each character should have its part in the written dialogues. They must be put forth clearly, giving the clue about the personality of the character. Also, give dialogue labels correctly. Dialogue labels are the ones that say who spoke which dialogue.

6. Use a Suitable Setting 

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The setting will be time, location, context, and atmosphere. There is certain story writing tips that you will have to remember when you are constructing the setting of the plot.

7. Set up the Plot

The plot is the storyline and series of incidents that lead to the climax. There are certain story elements that will develop actions and lead to a successful end result. 

8. Create Conflict and Tension

  Conflict is the one that starts the story. Tension is produced by internal or external struggles that the character goes through. By balancing both sides in the struggle you can keep the readers perked. We have listed certain possible conflicts.

9. Build a Gripping Climax

This is the turning point of the story. You can make it the most dramatic moment of the story. The crisis must always be a scene which the readers must have anticipated from the beginning. The conflict should be said in an interesting way.

10. Find a resolution

Resolution is the solution to the conflict. In a short story, it is difficult to provide a conflict. Then also, you can provide some sort of the change in the character. There are different choices you can make for the ending.

In this article, we have only mentioned story writing tips. That too, these story writing tips are part of creative writing basics. If you really do want to master creative writing more than creative writing basics, you can take up a creative writing course which would help you to master creative writing. One of the best creative writing courses is offered by Henry Harvin. 

Henry Harvin’s creative writing course starts with the creative writing basics and allows you to learn more throughout the course. You can even master more than this story writing tips. We would also like to brief you on the benefits of taking up a creative writing course from Henry Harvin. 

Benefits of creative writing course from Henry Harvin

Creative writing course from Henry Harvin’s writing academy is by far the best to improve your creative writing skills . These 32 hours of training is taken by seasoned trainers and authors. These trainers and authors have experience of 10+ years. You will also be able to publish your own writer’s voice at the end of the course.

Henry Harvin allows you to learn through a series of assignments. You will be doing assignments for creative writing basics to many more advanced topics. They will not only provide you with story writing tips but other useful tips too.

At the end of the course, you will also have a guaranteed internship opportunity. You will also be able to write four genres of creative writing. You can successfully apply creative writing techniques. You will also be able to assess your own strength and vulnerabilities for writing projects. We will teach you the famous creative writing styles of famous creative writers. This way you will be able to create your very own creative writing style. 

 If you have learnt creative basics from our story writing tips, then consider taking up the course to learn more. All the best.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which Point of View is the Best?

It mostly depends on the details, you want to provide as a writer, as well as your character. All the three-point of view, if written following the story writing tips will be interesting.

2. What Should I Do to Improve my Writing Skills?

The first creative writing basic you will have to do to improve your writing skill is to read a lot. When you read, you can explore new themes and ideas. That will help you write your own story.

3. How to Find out if my Writing is Good?

Readout your creatively written piece. Make sure, you have shown not tell. This means you have created a pretty decent piece of writing.

4. Do I have to learn More than Creative Writing Basics?

 Learning is a process, you can keep learning. Learning more than creative writing basics is mandatory. 

5. Will I be learning more than these story writing tips on the topic of story writing in Henry Harvin’s creative writing course?

Yes, you will learn more than these story-writing tips. You will learn more than creative writing basics. At the end of the course, your creative skill would become profound and more knowledgeable. 

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15 Creative Ways to Use ChatGPT by OpenAI

Use ChatGPT to its full potential with these creative ideas.

ChatGPT by OpenAI is a powerful AI chatbot that can give you an answer to just about any question you have. It's almost as if Google was a person you could have a conversation with.

It's open to the public for free during a trial period, so you can try it out today. The only question is, what should you ask it? Besides getting ChatGPT to do your homework for you, there are plenty of interesting ways to use it. Here are some of our favorites.

1. Fun Facts

ChatGPT knows a lot of things about our world, from quantum physics to how to make a great cup of coffee. If you don't know what to say the first time you use ChatGPT, start by asking it for some fun facts about the world.

ChatGPT is what people hoped Siri or Alexa would be, an AI assistant that could give us the answer to our random thoughts throughout the day. Even though ChatGPT isn't designed to access the World Wide Web, it does owe its knowledge to being trained on data from the internet.

Just like the internet, however, it can still get things wrong. There are several big problems with ChatGPT that need to be fixed, so be careful not to believe everything it says—even if it sounds convincing!

2. Learn Something New

One way to start a new hobby is to talk to ChatGPT. It's far quicker than trawling through internet blog posts and dodging advertisements to find what you're looking for.

How do I learn to play the piano? What painting materials do I need as a beginner? How do I bake a potato gratin? Learn something new today by putting these questions into ChatGPT.

If you're new to this technology, make sure to read our guide on how to use ChatGPT by OpenAI .

3. Explain How Something Works

One area that ChatGPT really excels is helping us understand difficult ideas. You can ask it to explain the major themes in a famous novel or find the connection between two ideas. Plus, if there are any specific parts of the answer you don't get, simply ask ChatGPT to clarify the point.

If you want to try something a bit different, ask ChatGPT to explain an idea, but write it in the style of a rap song, or maybe explain it using a funny analogy.

4. Help With Coding

Words aren't the only language that it can speak, ChatGPT also understands code. Use it to help generate snippets of code to save you time working on tedious work. Interestingly, you can also employ ChatGPT to identify problems with your computer code and explain exactly why it doesn't work.

5. Get Better at Writing

There are several ways that ChatGPT can aid you in learning to write better. You can ask it to proofread your writing or even to suggest how your paragraph or essay could be improved.

Alternatively, you can think of it like a thesaurus. Try describing what it is you're trying to say and asking it to suggest some words that match.

6. Compose a Message

It can be difficult emailing a landlord or asking a boss for time off work, but with ChatGPT on your side, you will always know exactly how to arrange your words professionally. All you need to do is ask ChatGPT to draft you an email explaining your request.

You can also get help outside formal settings whenever you're having a hard time finding the right words. Whether you need help messaging a friend who's going through a hard time or sending a sweet message to someone you've just started dating, ChatGPT can give you some good suggestions.

7. Have a Conversation

When life gets you down it can be helpful to talk to someone. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to share your thoughts with friends or family, so why not talk to ChatGPT instead?

While you don't want to share any confidential information with the AI assistant, you could use it to write out how you feel and explore a problem that is causing you stress. It's a little like writing in a diary but with the added benefit of having an AI bot to help put things in perspective.

8. Get Style Suggestions

With everything that it has learned about the history of fashion, ChatGPT is a surprisingly good place to look for style advice. What works with loafers? How can I dress up a pair of jeans? What are some clothing pieces that are androgynous? Fear not, ChatGPT can help you look your best.

9. Explore Recipe Ideas

Another fun way to use ChatGPT is to ask for recipe ideas. There are lots of ways you can narrow down the answer, such as asking for recipe ideas based on the ingredients you have on hand.

If you don't have a lot of money to spend then try asking ChatGPT to come up with some recipes that are affordable. If you need something that's nutritious, then make sure to include that in your question.

10. Create Stories

ChatGPT's proficiency in the written language, combined with its ability to generate creative responses, means it can pass as a fairly decent storyteller. One way we can imagine using ChatGPT is to create fun bedtime stories for children, casting real-life people as characters in the story.

11. Write Poetry

Alongside creating stories, ChatGPT can create poems too. You can ask it to write in the style of a famous writer like Shakespeare or in a certain format like a limerick. Just give it a topic, and away it goes!

It's the kind of thing you can write inside a unique AI Christmas card instead of buying a generic card from a shop.

12. Brainstorm Creative Ideas

If you're stuck for creative ideas, ChatGPT is a great source of inspiration. From gift ideas to what to do for a birthday party, instead of searching Google for the answer, see what ChatGPT has to say.

Content creators and small businesses might also find ChatGPT useful for things like brainstorming new blog posts or coming up with creative copy for a website.

13. Suggest Movies/TV Shows

Don't know what to watch? ChatGPT can help. Ask it to suggest a movie or television show based on a genre you like, a time period, a particular actor, or any other specific detail. It's a great way to find something new to watch or discover the great classics of our time.

14. Get Past Writer's Block

There are several ways that ChatGPT can help you get past writer's block, from suggesting article titles to brainstorming topics. Try entering what you have written so far and asking ChatGPT to list a few alternative headings.

Given a topic, it can also flesh out a few different angles that might be worth writing about. It might be enough to get your own creative juices flowing and push you past your writer's block.

15. Use It as a Teaching Tool

A lot of people are concerned about how ChatGPT might be used by students to cheat on assignments, but surprisingly, teachers might also find ChatGTP to be just as useful. For example, it can produce multi-answer test questions in a matter of seconds, and it can easily provide written comments on how a student's work might be improved.

Using ChatGPT as a teaching tool could help teachers save valuable time, so they can focus on more important tasks. It's these benefits of AI technology that are encouraging more people to start a career in AI .

Take Your Questions to ChatGPT

Like any new technology, it will take some time to figure out what the best uses for it are. ChatGPT is still in development, and it's important to remember that it doesn't always get facts correct. With that in mind, there are plenty of fun and creative ways to use ChatGPT.

From style suggestions to using it as a teaching tool, put your questions to ChatGPT today and see what it has to say.

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Creative Writing Ideas: 12 Powerful Exercises That Work

Would you like to find more great creative writing ideas that you can use for your stories, articles, or even for your book?

Perhaps, you’re facing more common problems like writer’s block and can’t think of anything good to write about?

Or maybe you want to take your articles or stories in a different direction?

This post covers 12 different, great creative writing ideas that work for new fiction and non-fiction writers of all types.

1. Work on Your Writing Skills

2. practice exercises for beating writer’s block, 3. use an opening line your favorite book, 4. use creative writing prompts, 5. write a short story, 6. change the point of view, 7. go on a road trip, 8. use photographs as writing ideas, 9. start journaling daily, 10. enter writing contests, 11. use a story from real-life, stop using social media, 12 write and publish a book on amazon, creative writing ideas: the final word, creative writing ideas: faqs.

Consider the weakest part of your writing and how you can improve it.

Some writers want to introduce or conclude their articles with a bang. Others want to inject color into their work. Learning a new writing skill via an online writing course will carry over to different types of writing.

For example, several years ago, I took a series of courses in copywriting. Afterwards, I was able to apply lessons from these copywriting courses to improve the types of blog posts that I wrote and published.

Similarly, learn the fundamentals of storytelling, and your non-fiction will improve too.

When was the last time you worked on an area of your craft?

Many new writers worry about writer’s block . They claim they can only write when they have a good idea.

They sit around and wait for inspiration to come, but inspiration never arrives.

A doctor doesn’t say he can’t operate on a patient because he’s not feeling it. An electrician doesn’t skip a job because they don’t have any great ideas about completing the work.

If you don’t have anything good to write about, turn up in front of the blank page or the computer and write about whatever comes to mind for 15 or 30 minutes without editing yourself. This simple act will eventually unlock fresh thinking.

Think of a book that you really enjoyed reading. Go back through that book, take out one of the first lines from a chapter you found particularly engaging, or even take the first line from the book’s start.

Write that down on a blank piece of paper or in your document on your computer or writing app of choice and use it as a jumping-off point into something more creative. When you’re finished with this creative writing exercise, go back and remove that first line.

Writing prompts serve as a springboard upon which to jump into your work. Build your own library of personal writing prompts. Alternatively, use writing prompts created by other authors to start writing faster.

Much like taking the first line from a great book, a writing prompt offers confines within which to write. They act as story starters for when you need some help.

If you need help, I’ve even written a book of 101 different creative writing prompts with printables. The creative writing prompts in this book work for many genres.

Short stories are fantastic creative writing exercises because it doesn’t take too long to write one. You can probably finish yours in a couple of days. You can also explore different popular genres like romance, sci-fi, or thrillers.

Short stories teach writers to come up with an idea and stick with it until it’s done.

Finishing short stories will also give you more materials to show other readers. The discipline of storytelling transfers to non-fiction writing and blogging too.

Consider a piece that you’ve written recently: is it in the first, second person, or the third person ?

Would it become a more interesting article or story if you changed the main character’s point of view to the villain?

For example, blogging involves writing in the first or second person and is conversational. In academic writing, the third person’s point of view is more common.

If you’re writing short stories or fiction, perhaps you could change the point of view or rewrite it from a different character’s point of view. Years ago, a writing instructor tasked us with this idea, and it helped me fix a problem in my story.

A good grammar checker can help with this.

Traveling feeds the mind. If you’re out of creative writing ideas, why not visit somewhere new?

A trip to an art museum, a concert, or a foreign city will expose you to new experiences. It will provide mental food to write about when you return home and help you see the world from a different perspective.

At the very least, you can use your trip for this next creative writing idea.

While you’re at it…

The best camera is the one you have with you at the time.

If you often sit down at your desk and spend a frustrating half-hour describing a particular scene, use a photograph instead.

Snap your ideal bar, café, cityscape, or location. Photography is a good creative exercise as it forces you to look at the world from a fresh point of view. Old photographs can also turn into fun story ideas too.

Alternatively, if you’re really stuck, use Google imagery to examine the location in question. It’s like time travel!

Journaling is a fantastic creative writing exercise because writing in your journal is for you and you alone.

It also forces a writer to regularly sit down in front of the blank page and write without any fears or expectations. Document your everyday life and engage in some introspection.

Record interesting family members, best friends, and strangers say. Journal about what you did or want to do, where you went, or a big goal. Write about what high-school felt like.

Reread old journal entries too. You may even find interesting ideas for future works.

Writing contests or competitions serve as a deadline, and they act as a genre within which to write. Pick a writing contest related to your interests, niche, or specialism. Now use the submission date as a target to write towards.

Some writing contest judges will provide editorial feedback about your stories or submissions, and you can use this to improve. (You may have to pay for this)

When I started out writing, I entered a series of writing contests. However, I was only shortlisted. Entering taught me the importance of coming up with a creative writing idea and sticking with it until done.

At the very least, you’ll end up with more material to work with.

Fact is stranger than fiction .

Using a story from real-life lends credibility to your work.

If you’re unsure of where to look, consider interviewing a subject matter expert in your field.

Alternatively, read through some history books related to your topic and see if you can pull out an interesting anecdote about a key figure.

Examine the bestseller lists from 50 or 100 years ago and pick a book people have forgotten. You may be surprised by an interesting, overlooked tail.

Inputs are as important as outputs, and social media often represents needless information. It can also cause anxiety and comparisonitis.

If you stop using social media for large parts of the day and avoid checking email, you’ll free your mind up for fresh creative thinking. You’re also less likely to worry your work isn’t good enough.

Social media has its place. Yes, it’s like a grain of sand that goes into your jar only after other creative work.

If you’re looking for a big creative writing activity, why not start writing a book that you self-publish on Amazon this year?

It’s easier than ever to write and self-publish a book today, thanks to the proliferation of writing apps and tools authors have access to.

Writing and self-publishing a book for the first time will teach you the fundamentals of the craft and what readers enjoy. After all, now you’re writing for more than yourself, a family member or best friend.

Even if your first book isn’t a huge success, you’ll still be able to call yourself an author and more creative skills for creating a better second or third book.

Creativity is a muscle in that you must work out to build it. That means writing early and often.

Make something every day. Put your art or writing first, and share your work with early readers and fans.

So, pick a creative writing idea from this list and get to work!

What are good creative writing topics?

Write about a problem in your personal life, a challenge you overcame, a fight or art that inspired you. Consider historical figures you admire or would like to meet. Other creative writing topics include your heroes, mentors, bullies and villains.

How can I make creative writing interesting?

Write from the heart as if to a friend. Explain clearly what happened and why it matters. Use dialogue and everyday conversations. Show rather than tell the reader what happened.

How do you structure a creative writing piece?

Consider what you want to say and who will read the piece. How long should it be and what’s the tone of voice. Is it a short story, poem or book? Study the conventions of your genre and apply them. Outline your work in advance, write the first draft quickly and then revise two or three times for clarity. Then, seek out feedback.

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Creativity is all about finding new ways of solving problems and approaching situations. This isn't a skill restricted to artists, musicians, writers, or "right-brained" thinkers; it is a useful skill for people from all walks of life . If you've ever wanted to boost your creativity , these tips can help.

What Is Creativity?

Creativity is the ability to come up with or recognize ideas to solve problems, communicate with others, or entertain.

Commit Yourself to Creativity

The first step to increasing creativity is to devote yourself to developing your creative abilities. Do not put off your efforts. Set goals, enlist the help of others, and put aside time each day to develop your skills. For example, if you are interested in painting, schedule time regularly to learn and practice your skills.

Become an Expert

One of the best ways to develop creativity is to become an expert in this area. By having a rich understanding of the topic, you will be better able to think of novel or innovative solutions to problems. One way to develop expertise is by reading about creative people and listening to them speak.

Reward Your Curiosity

One common roadblock to developing creativity is the sense that curiosity is an indulgence. Rather than reprimanding yourself for following an internet rabbit hole, reward yourself when you are curious about something. Give yourself the opportunity and the time to explore new topics.

Rewarding yourself is important, but developing intrinsic motivation is also crucial. Sometimes, the true reward of creativity is the process itself, not the product.

When it comes to building your creative skills, you must be willing to take risks to advance your abilities. Although your efforts may not lead to success every time, you will still be boosting your creative talents and building skills that will serve you well in the future.

For example, sharing your work in a creative writing course might feel intimidating. But the critique you receive from classmates and teachers can be invaluable.

Build Your Confidence

Insecurity in your abilities can suppress creativity, which is why it is important to build confidence. Note your progress, commend your efforts, and always be on the lookout for ways to reward your creativity.

Make Time for Creativity

You won't be able to develop your creative talents if you don't make time for them. Schedule some time each week to concentrate on some type of creative project.

Overcome a Negative Attitude

Focus on eliminating negative thoughts or self-criticisms that may impair your ability to develop strong creative skills. Recognize these as roadblocks and work to overcome them.

Fight Fear of Failure

The fear that you might make a mistake or fail in your efforts can paralyze progress. Whenever you find yourself harboring such feelings, remind yourself that mistakes are simply part of the process. While you may occasionally stumble on your path to creativity, you will eventually reach your goals.

Brainstorm New Ideas

Brainstorming is a common technique in both academic and professional settings, but it can also be a powerful tool for increasing creativity.

Start by suspending your judgment and self-criticism. Then start writing down related ideas and possible solutions. The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible in a relatively short span of time. Next, focus on clarifying and refining your ideas in order to arrive at the best possible choice.

As unlikely as this may seem, recent research points to dim light as a trigger for creativity. Darkness may free you from perceived constraints and encourage you to take creative risks that may seem intimidating in bright lighting.

Explore Multiple Solutions

The next time you approach a problem , try looking for a variety of solutions. Instead of simply going with the first idea you have, take the time to think of other possible ways to approach the situation. This simple activity is a great way to build both problem-solving and creative thinking skills.

Keep a Creativity Journal

Start keeping a journal to follow your creative process and track the ideas you produce. A journal is a great way to reflect back on what you have accomplished and look for other possible solutions. This journal can be used to save ideas that can later serve as future inspiration.

Use Mind Maps and Flow Charts

A mind map is a way to connect ideas and look for innovative answers to questions. Create a mind map by writing down a central topic or word. Next, link related terms or ideas around the central word. While similar to brainstorming, this technique allows for branching ideas and offers a very visual way of seeing how ideas are linked.

As you start to develop a new project, create a flow chart to track the project from start to finish. Look for various paths or sequences of events that might occur. A flow chart can help you visualize the final product, eliminate potential problems, and create unique solutions.

Challenge Yourself and Create Opportunities

Once you have developed some basic creative skills, it is important to continually challenge yourself to further advance your abilities. Look for more difficult approaches, try out new things, and avoid always returning to the same solutions you have used in the past.

In addition to challenging yourself, you also need to create your own opportunities for creativity. This might involve tackling a new project or finding new tools to use in your current projects.

Try the Six Hats Technique

The "six hats" technique involves looking at a problem from six differing perspectives. By doing this, you can produce more ideas than you might have had you only looked at the situation from one or two points of view.

Look for Inspiration

Never expect creativity to just happen. Look for new sources of inspiration that will give you fresh ideas and motivate you to generate unique answers to questions. Read a book, visit a museum, listen to your favorite music or engage in a lively debate with a friend.

Use whatever strategy or technique works best for you. Do you enjoy video games? Research indicates that playing video games can help increase your creativity.

Consider Alternative Scenarios

When approaching a problem, ask "what if..." questions to consider each possible scenario. If you take a specific approach, what will the outcome be?

By looking at these alternatives beforehand, you'll be better able to develop creative solutions to problems.

Try the Snowball Technique

Have you ever noticed how one great idea often leads directly to another? You can take advantage of this by using a "snowball technique" when you are generating ideas for a project. If an idea isn't appropriate for your current work, set it aside to work on later, or implement it in a future project.

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This article was co-authored by Melessa Sargent and by wikiHow staff writer, Hannah Madden . Melessa Sargent is the President of Scriptwriters Network, a non-profit organization that brings in entertainment professionals to teach the art and business of script writing for TV, features and new media. The Network serves its members by providing educational programming, developing access and opportunity through alliances with industry professionals, and furthering the cause and quality of writing in the entertainment industry. Under Melessa's leadership, SWN has won numbers awards including the Los Angeles Award from 2014 through 2021, and the Innovation & Excellence award in 2020. There are 8 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 25,669 times.

Creative writing is an outlet to express your imagination by putting it onto paper. Many people enjoy creative writing, but some struggle with it because of how unstructured it can feel. If you have been writing creatively and you’d like to improve your skills, try learning grammar rules and receiving feedback on your work to strengthen your creative writing and boost your confidence.

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Just about everyone knows how to write — but writing well is something different. Great writers are formed through hard work and a passion for learning. But just like you, they all started from the beginning.

Problem is, a lot of “start writing well’ articles focus on the result. But good writing begins before you tippity-tap on that keyboard. Studying everyday practices, learning how to organize your thoughts, and then turning those ideas into effective writing should be your priority.

Whether you’re a blogger , an SEO writer, a marketer, or want to be the next Stephen King, these universal writing tips give you lots of ways to write better.

15 writing tips to help you write better

1. think before you start writing.

One of the best writing tips for beginners is organizing your thoughts in a logical, explainable manner before putting pen on paper. The biggest hurdle is often not knowing how to begin or what to say—everything is a jumble of ideas that probably look like a bunch of paint thrown against a wall (and not in an artistic way). It can be very frustrating.

Note: THIS IS NORMAL. Don’t get discouraged. There’s a reason the phrase “writer’s block” exists. Let yourself think about it for a day or two, especially if you’re doing creative writing. You’ll be surprised at how that paint blob slowly transforms into a recognizable shape.

2. Embrace the writing “brain dump”

In business writing , the “brain dump” signals the beginning of every new project or assignment. It’s the opportunity to get whatever is in your head out on digital paper in a stream of consciousness.

Avoid correcting misspellings, typos, sentence structure, or grammar—just type, type, type until your brain excavates all musings. You can use this creative writing skill for all kinds of work, from personal blogging and copywriting to essays and work emails.

Remember that at this phase of writing: bad ideas don’t exist. Your best creative ideas will come when you’re not held back by perfectionism.

3. Make an outline

Now that you have all your wonderful, messy thoughts on paper, it’s time to get more granular and organized. Some tips on how to edit your brain dump: do a first pass and delete the parts that are definite “nos.” Then go through again and highlight the ideas you like best. Revisit the “maybes” later.

Now, take your favorites and as briefly or as detailed as you like, make an outline that conveys your message. Start top-level with your biggest, overarching ideas, and then get into the details. Fill in missing parts, elaborate on other parts—rinse and repeat until satisfied.

4. Know your audience

This is a straightforward writing tip for beginners, but a lot of people forget it. For example, your voice and elements of style for personal blogging will be much more informal than business writing (i.e writing a proposal for a new client). Being mindful of your audience is key to improving writing skills and creating more impactful work.

5. Keep a journal

Being a better writer means writing more! Keeping a journal should be a very low-pressure thing. It can be as simple as writing a list of things you did that day, playing around with word choice for a LinkedIn headline, or recounting a conversation you had with a friend.

If you don’t want to keep a physical journal, you can start a note on your phone or a document on your computer. The point is—there are no journaling rules. Just start writing whenever you feel like it, because the more you do it, the more naturally it will come to you.

6. Pen a letter instead of texting

Great writers write letters for fun and for practice. Pen a letter (or an email) to a friend who lives in another city. A hundred years ago, people wrote long letters detailing everything from the mundane to faraway travel. Why not now? It’s the perfect way to get your creative writing juices flowing, rather than relying on boring texts.

Remember to check spelling, comma use, sentence structure, typos, etc. Your friends deserve good writing too. Spell-check is a nice starting point, but writing well happens when you use a reputable grammar or punctuation checker tool like  Writer  to support you.

7. Read more to do better writing

One of the best, passive ways of becoming a better writer is to read a book (Stephen King’s work makes for great binge reading). Not into books? Long-form business writing, graphic novels, or short stories do the trick as well.

Reading every day puts you in the fast lane for improving your writing skills. As  Roz Morris , the author of the bestseller book,  Nail Your Novel , puts it: “Reading exposes us to writing that’s better than our own and helps us to improve. Reading—the good and the bad—inspires you.”

By reading more, your brain will naturally pick up on things like good word choice, different writing styles, and good sentence structures. It also improves your reading comprehension and concentration levels (which comes in handy for the procrastinators among us, including me).

8. Keep your writing simple

As the legendary American novelist, Jack Kerouac, once said, “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”

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No matter who they are, you should empower readers with your words. Complex writing can leave readers feeling insecure, weary, or both. To simplify your writing:

Go ahead and make use of a thesaurus, but don’t try to be a Shakespeare or even an Ernest Hemingway—just keep it simple and true to yourself.

9. Tone up your tone in writing

Getting tone right is key to being a good writer. It’s the personality of your writing, influenced by the type of writing you’re doing and who you’re talking to.

Just like we said in “Know Your Audience,” business writing like an email might sound conservative, while a personal social media post can be friendly and casual. Your tone can and should change depending on your needs. An extreme example: don’t start a cover letter with: “Hey, dude! Wassup?”

10. Prioritize your key points

If you want to learn how to write good, sentence structure and word placement is everything. If you have a question to ask, don’t put it in the middle of a paragraph, because it could get skipped over. Similarly, if you have an important piece of information to share, make it into its own paragraph or strategically place it in the introduction or conclusion—the sections readers tend to pay attention to the most.

11. Break up your writing into bite-size bits

Long sentences that are full of fluff are boring to read! Like staring directly at the sun—you just have to look away. Instead of creating a heavy block of text, break down large sections of information into concise, punchy sentences. Bullet points in particular are an amazing tool. They help you:

(See? They come in handy) AI writing software  like Writer can help you be a better writer by identifying paragraphs that are hard to read.

12. Use active voice

Once you’re comfortable with sentence structure, punctuation and comma use, and word choice, it’s time to look at elements of style. One core element is passive voice vs. active voice.

An active voice is key for effective writing. It makes for a much more engaging read, conveying a strong and clear tone. Whereas passive voice pulls you away from the action, which can create an apathetic experience.

Here’s an example:

See how in the first sentence, the subject performs the action? This eliminates extra processing time by getting to the point faster, unlike the passive voice example which puts the subject at the end of the sentence.

13. Edit (then edit again)

Now that you’ve overcome writer’s block and have the first draft, it’s time to move on to the editing process. Chances are, you’re not a professional editor, but that doesn’t matter—you can do a great job on your own. First, don’t edit immediately after writing. You want fresh eyes on that baby. Revisit it the next day and it will be easier to look for:

At this phase, don’t worry about grammatical errors. Right now, you’re editing for clarity of your ideas and thoughts.

14. Proof your writing

Proofreading  is where you check spelling, punctuation (i.e. comma use), run-on sentences, typos … you get the picture. Spell-check is a good starting point, a reputable grammar checker tool like Writer gives you advanced support.

Whenever possible, ask a real human to read your writing. They’ll likely be able to point out any writing mistakes  and even offer suggestions. Over time, the lessons you learn from using these tools will help you become a great writer.

15. Reflect on your main point

We’ve made it to the very end. You’ve taken your idea and found many words to make into numerous sentences that communicate your intended message… or did you?

The last step is to always take an objective look at your writing. Pretend you’re a total stranger. Now ask yourself—does the narration make logical sense? Can you read it once and understand its message? Even better, can you sum it up in a few sentences? If so, you’ve written something you can feel good about.

8 exercises to improve writing skills

Here are fun activities you can do every day to become a better writer.

1. Write every day

This is the best writing tip for beginners. Write like it’s your job. Practicing every day is key to learning how to write good. It helps you stretch those writing muscles and learn from doing. Keeping a journal with you at all times also means you can write whenever inspiration strikes, like when you’re walking your fave four-legged friend.

Write every day, and you’ll turn it into a habit. That doesn’t mean you have to write ten thousand words every day, as the author of the children’s novel,  See You in the Cosmos , Jack Cheng says:

“When mastery is the goal, spending an exorbitant number of hours in one sitting will likely lead to burnout. We don’t go to the gym expecting to put on 20 pounds of muscle in a single, day-long workout. Instead, we do several short workouts a week, spread out over months.”

2. Turn long paragraphs into bullet points

Want to learn how to write better sentences? Sentences that are easy to read and get to the point right away? Practice the art of brevity by chopping up hard-to-read paragraphs into succinct bullets.

This is especially useful for business writing because your readers are likely short on time. They want you to get to the point fast! And they want easy to digest information.

There is a place for long sentences in your work though, especially when it comes to creative writing. Writology has a great guide on this full of ace writing tips for beginners.

3. Change passive voice into active voice

A little recap on passive and active voice: Active voice is when the sentence starts with the subject acting on the verb. Passive voice is when the subject is a recipient of the verb’s action. Active voice is more engaging because it takes less processing time from the reader, and also gives the impression that the action is happening now, not in the past.

Use an AI writing platform like Writer  to spot unengaging instances of passive voice and transform them into the active voice. This will help you draw readers in and make your writing easier to read.

4. Use grammar checker tools like Writer

Use a grammar checker like Writer helps you spot mistakes you may have missed. Mistakes such as misused commas, spelling errors, typos, incorrect use of words (we’re looking at you, thesaurus lovers), etc. Writer is also ideal for business writing. You can submit your company styleguide and the app will measure your written work against it to ensure consistent and on-brand content.

5. Proof your friend’s or colleague’s writing

One effective way to improve writing skills:  Proofreading  other people’s content. You can pick up on  common grammar mistakes , different sentence structures, new words, word placement – everything that you might not learn from your own writing. It’s about getting a fresh perspective on all the different ways language is used.

Bonus: you get all the good feelings for helping someone out. And they might even return the favor one day!

6. Write fanfiction

Improve your creative writing skills by writing about stories and characters you love. Why? The more passionate you are about what you’re writing, the more fun and engaging it will be to read. Because you’ll naturally inject your love of the subject into your work. Plus, you can ensure your favorite novels or short stories live on through that amazing imagination of yours! It’s also a great place to start if your idea bank is running on empty, giving you the inspiration and direction needed to write freely.

7. Read out loud

Sometimes you can’t tell if a word or phrase doesn’t work until you read it out loud. Same with spotting mistakes. This is especially true if you’ve read your work over a hundred times (hello fellow perfectionists). Your brain will find it more and more difficult to spot mistakes – reading out loud can fix this!

When you read out loud, it requires you to slow down and focus on every single word that you’re saying, so that it can make its way from your brain to your mouth. When we proofread inwardly, we tend to rush through things and don’t actually read the text properly.

That’s because our brain already has a version of the content embedded and it wants to concentrate on the meaning rather than the words. As psychologist Tom Stafford, who studies typos at the University of Sheffield in the UK, says : “We don’t catch every detail, we’re not like computers or NSA databases Rather, we take in sensory information and combine it with what we expect, and we extract meaning.”

8. Read books on how to write better

These books on how to write better are simple, easy to read, and full of valuable info.

That’s your next vacation reading list sorted!

Now you can write better

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27 Creative Writing Examples To Spark Your Imagination

With all the types of creative writing to choose from, it’s hard enough to focus on just one or two of your favorites. 

When it comes to writing your own examples, don’t be hard on yourself if you hit a wall.

We’ve all done it.

Sometimes, all you need is a generous supply of well-crafted and inspirational creative writing examples. 

Good thing you’re here!

For starters, let’s get clear on what creative writing is. 

What Is Creative Writing? 

How to start creative writing , 1. novels and novellas, 2. short stories and flash fiction, 3. twitter stories (140 char), 4. poetry or songs/lyrics, 5. scripts for plays, tv shows, and movies, 6. memoirs / autobiographical narratives, 7. speeches, 9. journalism / newspaper articles, 11. last wills and obituaries, 12. dating profiles and wanted ads, 13. greeting cards.

Knowing how to be a creative writer is impossible if you don’t know the purpose of creative writing and all the types of writing included. 

As you’ll see from the categories listed further on, the words “creative writing” contain multitudes: 

Read on to find some helpful examples of many of these types. Make a note of the ones that interest you most. 

Once you have some idea of what you want to write, how do you get started? 

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Allow us to suggest some ideas that have worked for many of our readers and us: 

Now that you’ve got some ideas on how to begin let’s move on to our list of examples.  

27 Creative Writing Examples 

Read through the following examples to get ideas for your own writing. Make a note of anything that stands out for you. 

Inspiring novel-writing examples can come from the first paragraph of a well-loved novel (or novella), from the description on the back cover, or from anywhere in the story. 

#1: From Circe by Madeline Miller

““Little by little I began to listen better: to the sap moving in the plants, to the blood in my veins. I learned to understand my own intention, to prune and to add, to feel where the power gathered and speak the right words to draw it to its height. That was the moment I lived for, when it all came clear at last and the spell could sing with its pure note, for me and me alone.”

#2: From The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin: 

“‘I’ll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination…. ” 

The shorter your story, the more vital it is for each word to earn its place.  Each sentence or phrase should be be necessary to your story’s message and impact. 

#3: From “A Consumer’s Guide to Shopping with PTSD” by Katherine Robb

“‘“Do you know what she said to me at the condo meeting?” I say to the salesman. She said, “Listen, the political climate is so terrible right now I think we all have PTSD. You’re just the only one making such a big deal about it.”

“The salesman nods his jowly face and says, “That Brenda sounds like a real b***h.”’

#4: From Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (collection of short stories)

“Something happened when the house was dark. They were able to talk to each other again.” (From ‘A Temporary Matter’)

Use the hashtag #VSS to find a generous sampling of short Twitter stories in 140 or fewer characters. Here are a few examples to get you started: 

#5: From Chris Stocks on January 3rd, 2022 : 

“With the invention of efficient 3D-printable #solar panels & cheap storage batteries, the world was finally able to enjoy the benefits of limitless cheap green energy. Except in the UK. We’re still awaiting the invention of a device to harness the power of light drizzle.” #vss365 (Keyword: solar)

#6: From TinyTalesbyRedsaid1 on January 2nd, 2022 : 

“A solar lamp would safely light our shack. But Mom says it’ll lure thieves. I squint at my homework by candlelight, longing for electricity.” #vss #vss365 #solar

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If you’re looking for poetry or song-writing inspiration, you’ll find plenty of free examples online—including the two listed here: 

#7: From “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” by Emily Dickinson

“I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Are you – Nobody – too?

Then there’s a pair of us!

Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

“How dreary – to be – Somebody!

How public – like a Frog –

To tell one’s name – the livelong June –

To an admiring Bog!

#8: From “Enemy” by Imagine Dragons

“I wake up to the sounds

Of the silence that allows

For my mind to run around

With my ear up to the ground

I’m searching to behold

The stories that are told

When my back is to the world

That was smiling when I turned

Tell you you’re the greatest

But once you turn they hate us….” 

If you enjoy writing dialogue and setting a scene, check out the following excerpts from two very different screenplays. Then jot down some notes for a screenplay (or scene) of your own.

#9: From Mean Girls by Tina Fey (Based on the book, Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman

“Karen: ‘So, if you’re from Africa, why are you white?’

“Gretchen: ‘Oh my god, Karen! You can’t just ask people why they’re white!’

“Regina: ‘Cady, could you give us some privacy for, like, one second?’

“Cady: ‘Sure.’

Cady makes eye contact with Janis and Damien as the Plastics confer.

“Regina (breaking huddle): ‘Okay, let me just say that we don’t do this a lot, so you should know that this is, like, a huge deal.’

“Gretchen: ‘We want to invite you to have lunch with us every day for the rest of the week.’ 

“Cady: ‘Oh, okay…’ 

“Gretchen: Great. So, we’ll see you tomorrow.’

“Karen: ‘On Tuesdays, we wear pink.’” 

#10: From The Matrix by Larry and Andy Wachowski

“NEO: ‘That was you on my computer?’

“NEO: ‘How did you do that?’

“TRINITY: ‘Right now, all I can tell you, is that you are in danger. I brought you here to warn you.’

“NEO: ‘Of what?’

“TRINITY: ‘They’re watching you, Neo.’

“NEO: ‘Who is?’

“TRINITY: ‘Please. Just listen. I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing. I know why you hardly sleep, why you live alone and why, night after night, you sit at your computer. You’re looking for him.’

“Her body is against his; her lips very close to his ear.

“TRINITY: ‘I know because I was once looking for the same thing, but when he found me he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer.’

“There is a hypnotic quality to her voice and Neo feels the words, like a drug, seeping into him.

“TRINITY: ‘It’s the question that drives us, the question that brought you here. You know the question just as I did.’

“NEO: ‘What is the Matrix?’

Sharing stories from your life can be both cathartic for you and inspiring or instructive (or at least entertaining) for your readers. 

#11: From The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

“It was in fact the ordinary nature of everything preceding the event that prevented me from truly believing it had happened, absorbing it, incorporating it, getting past it. I recognize now that there was nothing unusual in this: confronted with sudden disaster, we all focus on how unremarkable the circumstances were in which the unthinkable occurred: the clear blue sky from which the plane fell, the routine errand that ended on the shoulder with the car in flames, the swings where the children were playing as usual when the rattlesnake struck from the ivy. ‘He was on his way home from work—happy, successful, healthy—and then, gone,’ I read in the account of the psychiatric nurse whose husband was killed in a highway accident… ” 

#12: From Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt: 

“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

#13: From Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s by Jennifer Worth: 

“Nonnatus House was situated in the heart of the London Docklands… The area was densely-populated and most families had lived there for generations, often not moving more than a street or two away from their birthplace. Family life was lived at close-quarters and children were brought up by a widely-extended family of aunts, grandparents, cousins, and older siblings. 

The purpose of most speeches is to inform, inspire, or persuade. Think of the last time you gave a speech of your own. How did you hook your listeners? 

#14: From “Is Technology Making Us Smarter or Dumber?” by Rob Clowes (Persuasive)

“It is possible to imagine that human nature, the human intellect, emotions and feelings are completely independent of our technologies; that we are essentially ahistorical beings with one constant human nature that has remained the same throughout history or even pre-history? Sometimes evolutionary psychologists—those who believe human nature was fixed on the Pleistocene Savannah—talk this way. I think this is demonstrably wrong…. “

#15: From “Make Good Art” by Neil Gaiman (Keynote Address for the University of Fine Arts, 2012):

“…First of all: When you start out on a career in the arts you have no idea what you are doing.”

“This is great. People who know what they are doing know the rules, and know what is possible and impossible. You do not. And you should not. The rules on what is possible and impossible in the arts were made by people who had not tested the bounds of the possible by going beyond them. And you can.”

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“If you don’t know it’s impossible it’s easier to do. And because nobody’s done it before, they haven’t made up rules to stop anyone doing that again, yet.” 

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#16: From “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (TEDGlobal)

“…I come from a conventional, middle-class Nigerian family. My father was a professor. My mother was an administrator. And so we had, as was the norm, live-in domestic help, who would often come from nearby rural villages. So, the year I turned eight, we got a new house boy. His name was Fide. The only thing my mother told us about him was that his family was very poor. My mother sent yams and rice, and our old clothes, to his family. And when I didn’t finish my dinner, my mother would say, “Finish your food! Don’t you know? People like Fide’s family have nothing.” So I felt enormous pity for Fide’s family.

“Then one Saturday, we went to his village to visit, and his mother showed us a beautifully patterned basket made of dyed raffia that his brother had made. I was startled. It had not occurred to me that anybody in his family could actually make something. All I had heard about them was how poor they were, so that it had become impossible for me to see them as anything else but poor. Their poverty was my single story of them.” 

Essays are about arguing a particular point of view and presenting credible support for it. Think about an issue that excites or angers you. What could you write to make your case for a specific argument? 

#17: From “On Rules of Writing,” by Ursula K. Le Guin:

“Thanks to ‘show don’t tell,’ I find writers in my workshops who think exposition is wicked. They’re afraid to describe the world they’ve invented. (I make them read the first chapter of The Return of the Native , a description of a landscape, in which absolutely nothing happens until in the last paragraph a man is seen, from far away, walking along a road. If that won’t cure them nothing will.)” 

#18: From “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale ” by Kate Bernheimer (from The Writer’s Notebook) : 

“‘The pleasure of fairy tales,’ writes Swiss scholar Max Lüthi, ‘resides in their form.’ I find myself more and more devoted to the pleasure derived from form generally, and from the form of fairy tales specifically, and so I am eager to share what fairy-tale techniques have done for my writing and what they can do for yours. Fairy tales offer a path to rapture—the rapture of form—where the reader or writer finds a blissful and terrible home….  “

Picture yourself as a seasoned journalist brimming with ideas for your next piece. Or think of an article you’ve read that left you thinking, “Wow, they really went all out!” The following examples can inspire you to create front-page-worthy content of your own.

#19: From “The Deadliest Jobs in America” by Christopher Cannon, Alex McIntyre and Adam Pearce (Bloomberg: May 13, 2015):

“The U.S. Department of Labor tracks how many people die at work, and why. The latest numbers were released in April and cover the last seven years through 2013. Some of the results may surprise you…. “

#20: From “The Hunted” by Jeffrey Goldberg ( The Atlantic: March 29, 2010)

“… poachers continued to infiltrate the park, and to the Owenses they seemed more dangerous than ever. Word reached them that one band of commercial poachers had targeted them for assassination, blaming them for ruining their business. These threats—and the shooting of an elephant near their camp—provoked Mark to intensify his antipoaching activities. For some time, he had made regular night flights over the park, in search of meat-drying racks and the campfires of poachers; he would fly low, intentionally backfiring the plane and frightening away the hunters. Now he decided to escalate his efforts….. “

It doesn’t have to cost a thing to start a blog if you enjoy sharing your stories, ideas, and unique perspective with an online audience. What inspiration can you draw from the following examples?

#21: “How to Quit Your Job, Move to Paradise, and Get Paid to Change the World” by Jon Morrow of Smart Blogger (Problogger.com):

“After all, that’s the dream, right?

“Forget the mansions and limousines and other trappings of Hollywood-style wealth. Sure, it would be nice, but for the most part, we bloggers are simpler souls with much kinder dreams.

“We want to quit our jobs, spend more time with our families, and finally have time to write. We want the freedom to work when we want, where we want. We want our writing to help people, to inspire them, to change them from the inside out.

“It’s a modest dream, a dream that deserves to come true, and yet a part of you might be wondering…

“Will it?…. “

#22: From “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” (blog post) by Mark Manson :

Headline: “Most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many f*cks in situations where f*cks do not deserve to be given.”

“In my life, I have given a f*ck about many people and many things. I have also not given a f*ck about many people and many things. And those f*cks I have not given have made all the difference…. “

Whether you’re writing a tribute for a deceased celebrity or loved one, or you’re writing your own last will and testament, the following examples can help get you started. 

#23: From an obituary for the actress Betty White (1922-2021) on Legacy.com: 

“Betty White was a beloved American actress who starred in “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

“Died: Friday, December 31, 2021

“Details of death: Died at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 99.

“A television fixture once known as the First Lady of Game Shows, White was blessed with a career that just wouldn’t quit — indeed, her fame only seemed to grow as she entered her 80s and 90s. By the time of her death, she was considered a national treasure, one of the best-loved and most trusted celebrities in Hollywood…. “ 

#24: From a last will and testament using a template provided by LegalZoom.com : 

“I, Petra Schade, a resident of Minnesota in Sherburne County — being of sound mind and memory — do hereby make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament…

“At the time of executing this will, I am married to Kristopher Schade. The names of my (and Kristopher’s) four children are listed below…

“I hereby express my intent not to be buried in a cemetery. I ask that my remains be cremated and then scattered at the base of a tree.

“None will have any obligation to visit my remains or leave any kind of marker. I ask that my husband honor this request more than any supposed obligation to honor my corpse with a funeral or with any kind of religious ceremony.

“I ask, too, that my children honor me by taking advantage of opportunities to grow and nurture trees in their area and (if they like) beyond, without spending more than their household budgets can support…. “

Dating profiles and wanted ads are another fun way to flex your creative writing muscles. Imagine you or a friend is getting set up on a dating app. Or pretend you’re looking for a job, a roommate, or something else that could (potentially) make your life better. 

#25: Example of dating profile: 

Headline: “Female 49-year-old writer/coder looking for good company”

“Just moved to the Twin Cities metro area, and with my job keeping me busy most of the time, I haven’t gotten out much and would like to meet a friend (and possibly more) who knows their way around and is great to talk to. I don’t have pets (though I like animals) — or allergies. And with my work schedule, I need to be home by 10 pm at the latest. That said, I’d like to get better acquainted with the area — with someone who can make the time spent exploring it even more rewarding.”  

#26: Example of a wanted ad for a housekeeper: 

“Divorced mother of four (living with three of them half the time) is looking for a housekeeper who can tidy up my apartment (including the two bathrooms) once a week. Pay is $20 an hour, not including tips, for three hours a week on Friday mornings from 9 am to 12 pm. Please call or text me at ###-###-#### and let me know when we could meet to discuss the job.”

These come in so many different varieties, we won’t attempt to list them here, but we will provide one upbeat example. Use it as inspiration for a birthday message for someone you know—or to write yourself the kind of message you’d love to receive. 

#27: Happy 50th Birthday card:  

“Happy Birthday, and congratulations on turning 50! I remember you telling me your 40s were better than your 30s, which were better than your 20s. Here’s to the best decade yet! I have no doubt you’ll make it memorable and cross some things off your bucket list before your 51st.

“You inspire and challenge me to keep learning, to work on my relationships, and to try new things. There’s no one I’d rather call my best friend on earth.” 

Now that you’ve looked through all 27 creative writing examples, which ones most closely resemble the kind of writing you enjoy? 

By that, we mean, do you enjoy both reading and creating it? Or do you save some types of creative writing just for reading—and different types for your own writing? You’re allowed to mix and match. Some types of creative writing provide inspiration for others. 

What kind of writing will you make time for today? 

With all the types of creative writing to choose from, it’s hard enough to focus on just one. Discover our list of creative writing examples to inspire your next project.

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Writing Therapy: How to Write and Journal Therapeutically

Writing Therapy: Using A Pen and Paper to Enhance Personal Growth

Of course, the answer to that question will be “yes” for everyone!

We all fall on hard times, and we all struggle to get back to our equilibrium.

For some, getting back to equilibrium can involve seeing a therapist. For others, it could be starting a new job or moving to a new place. For some of the more literary-minded or creative folks, getting better can begin with art.

There are many ways to incorporate art into spiritual healing and emotional growth , including drawing, painting, listening to music, or dancing. These methods can be great for artistic people, but there are also creative and expressive ways to dig yourself out of a rut that don’t require any special artistic talents.

One such method is writing therapy. You don’t need to be a prolific writer, or even a writer at all, to benefit from writing therapy. All you need is a piece of paper, a pen, and the motivation to write.

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Benefits of Writing Therapy

How to: journaling for therapy, writing ideas & journal prompts, exercises and ideas to help you get started, a take-home message, what is writing therapy.

Writing therapy, also known as journal therapy, is exactly what it sounds like: writing (often in a journal)  for therapeutic benefits.

Writing therapy is a low-cost, easily accessible, and versatile form of therapy . It can be done individually, with just a person and a pen, or guided by a mental health professional. It can also be practiced in a group, with group discussions focusing on writing. It can even be added as a supplement to another form of therapy.

Whatever the format, writing therapy can help the individual propel their personal growth , practice creative expression, and feel a sense of empowerment and control over their life (Adams, n.d.).

It’s easy to see the potential of therapeutic writing. After all, poets and storytellers throughout the ages have captured and described the cathartic experience of putting pen to paper. Great literature from such poets and storytellers makes it tempting to believe that powerful healing and personal growth are but a few moments of scribbling away.

However, while writing therapy seems as simple as writing in a journal , there’s a little more to it.

Writing therapy differs from simply keeping a journal or diary in three major ways (Farooqui, 2016):

While the process of writing therapy differs from simple journaling in these three main ways, there is also another big difference between the two practices in terms of outcomes.

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These are certainly not trivial benefits, but the potential benefits of writing therapy reach further and deeper than simply writing in a diary.

For individuals who have experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful event, expressive writing guided purposefully toward specific topics can have a significant healing effect. In fact, participants in a study who wrote about their most traumatic experiences for 15 minutes, four days in a row, experienced better health outcomes up to four months than those who were instructed to write about neutral topics (Baikie & Wilhelm, 2005).

Another study tested the same writing exercise on over 100 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, with similar results. The participants who wrote about the most stressful event of their lives experienced better health evaluations related to their illness than the control group, who wrote about emotionally neutral topics (Smyth et al., 1999).

Expressive writing may even improve immune system functioning, although the writing practice may need to be sustained for the health benefits to continue (Murray, 2002).

In addition to these more concrete benefits, regular therapeutic writing can help the writer find meaning in their experiences, view things from a new perspective, and see the silver linings in their most stressful or negative experiences (Murray, 2002). It can also lead to important insights about yourself and your environment that may be difficult to determine without focused writing (Tartakovsky, 2015).

Overall, writing therapy has proven effective for different conditions and mental illnesses, including (Farooqui, 2016):

There are many ways to begin writing for therapeutic purposes.

If you are working with a mental health professional, they may provide you with directions to begin journaling for therapy.

While true writing therapy would be conducted with the help of a licensed mental health professional, you may be interested in trying the practice on your own to explore some of the potential benefits to your wellbeing. If so, here there are some good tips to get you started.

First, think about how to set yourself up for success:

Next, follow the five steps to WRITE (Adams, n.d.):

Finally, keep the following in mind while you are journaling (Howes, 2011):

It might be difficult to get started, but the first step is always the hardest! Once you’ve started journaling, try one of the following ideas or prompts to keep yourself engaged.

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Here are five writing exercises designed for dealing with pain (Abundance No Limits, n.d.):

If those ideas don’t get your juices flowing, try these prompts (Farooqui, 2016):

Tartakovsky (2014) provides a handy list of 30 prompts, including:

If you’re still on the lookout for more prompts, try the lists outlined here .

As great as the benefits of therapeutic journaling sound, it can be difficult to get started. After all, it can be a challenge to start even the most basic of good habits!

If you’re wondering how to begin, read on for some tips and exercises to help you start your regular writing habit (Hills, n.d.).

If you’re still having a tough time getting started, consider trying a “mind dump.” This is a quick exercise that can help you get a jump start on therapeutic writing.

Researcher and writer Gillie Bolton suggests simply writing for six minutes (Pollard, 2002). Don’t pay attention to grammar, spelling, style, syntax, or fixing typos – just write. Once you have “dumped,” you can focus on a theme. The theme should be something concrete, like something from your childhood with personal value.

This exercise can help you ensure that your therapeutic journal entries go deeper than superficial diary or journal entries.

More prompts, exercises, and ideas to help you get started can be found by following this link .

In this piece, we went over what writing therapy is, how to do it, and how it can benefit you and/or your clients. I hope you learned something new from this piece, and I hope you will keep writing therapy in mind as a potential exercise.

Have you ever tried writing therapy? Would you try writing therapy? How do you think it would benefit you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!

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Hello, Such an interesting article, thank you very much. I was wondering if there was a particular strategy in which writing down questions produced answers. I started doing just that: writing down doubts and questions, and I found that answers just came. It was like talking through the issues with someone else. Is there any research on that? Is this a known strategy?

Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

Hi Michael,

That’s amazing that you’re finding answers are ‘arising’ for you in your writing. In meditative and mindfulness practices, this is often referred to as intuition, which points to a form of intelligence that goes beyond rationality and cognition. This is a fairly new area of research, but has been well-recognized by Eastern traditions for centuries. See here for a book chapter review: https://doi.org/10.4337/9780857936370.00029

As you’ve discovered, journaling can be incredibly valuable to put you in touch with this intuitive form of knowing in which solutions just come to you.

This also reminds me of something known as the rubber ducking technique, which programmers use to solve problems and debug code: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_duck_debugging

Anyway, hope that offers some food for thought!

– Nicole | Community Manager


I have never tried writing therapy, but I intend to. Its so much better than seeing the psychiatrist for my behavior issues, which nobody has even identified yet.


Hi great article, just wondering when it was originally posted as I wish to cite some of the text in my essay Many thanks

Glad you enjoyed the post. It was published on the 26th of October, 2017 🙂

Hope this helps!

Ben P

Hi Courtney

I know you posted this blog a while ago but I’ve just found it and loved it. It articulated so clearly the benefits of writing therapy. One question – is there any research on whether it’s better to use pen and paper or Ian using a PC/typing just as good. I can write much faster and more fluently when I use a keyboard but wonder whether there is a benefit from the physical act of writing writing with a pen. Thanks.

Great question. The evidence isn’t entirely clear on this, but there’s a little work suggesting that writing by hand forces the mind to slow down and reflect more deeply on what’s being written (see this article ). Further, the process of writing uses parts of the brain involved in emotion, which may make writing by hand more effective for exploring your emotional experiences.

However, when it comes to writing therapy, the factor of personal preference seems critical! The issue of speed can be frustrating if your thoughts tend to come quickly. If you feel writing by hand introduces more frustration than benefits, that may be a sign to keep a digital journal instead.

Hope that helps!

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How To Make Money As A Creative Writer – 9 Solid Creative Writer Jobs

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So you’re passionate about writing creatively, and you’d like to try your hand at making money online as a writer.

But, after scouring the web for creative writer jobs, you end up finding a lot of gigs for content mills, copywriting, or academic writing that isn’t quite your style.

So, now what?

How do you turn your passion for creative writing and skills into paid work?

Well there’s several avenues you can take.

Creative writers are always in demand, whether it be for television, advertising, or books. All you need to do is find the job that is right for you.

If you’re wondering how to make money with creative writing, keep reading to find out exactly where your creativity and writing skills can take you!

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How To Make Money With Creative Writing

Now, there isn’t a cookie-cutter way to make a living as a creative writer.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for freelancers to take on multiples types of projects and to have a variety of income sources.

However, these are some common ways you can get paid for creative writing and turn your passion into an income source.

1. Enter Writing Competitons (And Win!)

It’s sometimes hard to find steady work as a creative writer.

Creative writing contests on the other hand …now these are pretty common!

Much like other passions and hobbies, there is an entire competitive side to creative writing, one which offers publicity and large cash prizes to those who dominate it.

Not only will you be financially motivated to produce your best work, but if you enter enough competitions, you’ll have a portfolio full of completed and polished works to share in a very short period of time.

A good place to start is Writer’s Digest magazine. They run several competitions throughout the year to cover different styles of creative writing, including poetry, e-books, short stories , and personal essays.


Try entering their Annual Writing Competition , where anything goes!

The grand prize winner receives $5,000 cash and an interview in the magazine, and there are also pretty great payouts for 1st-10th place winners in each of the many categories.

Looking for more? Here are a few other competitions to checkout:

Tom actually won a writing contest or two back in school, so this is also a side hustle students can take on since many competitions are for students or certain grades.

2. Publish A Book Or EBook

Another way you can make money with creative writing is to publish your own story.

While it might seem intimidating to take a crack at publishing your own book, you actually have a few options here.

For starters, if you’ve spent a year or so trying your hand at writing competitions, but found that they don’t turn enough of a profit for you, the good news is that you will have generated enough content to release an anthology.

Alternatively, you can take your best story and work to expand it into a fully-fledged novel .

Amazon is one great selling platform for indie writers, especially if you know how to market yourself and make sales.

While it’s many writers’ dream to get published and have their book occupy physical shelf space in a bookstore, it’s unrealistic for many and not nearly as profitable as you may think– unless you smash out a bestseller of course.

If you do manage to get your book published the traditional way, it’s still a great way to make a name for yourself in the writing world.

Just know it’s not really a reliable way to make a living.

It will take the same amount of self promotion and work as self-publishing, with less pay– however, it can definitely help your career to have your book readily available in bookstores.

But if your book becomes a hit on Amazon, you could be looking at some serious passive income while you work on your next writing project.

Note : if you go down this route and want to keep yourself afloat while trying to finish your book, I suggest looking into gig economy apps or considering a second job .

Extra Reading – 19 Ways To Make Money On Amazon .

3. Turn A Blog Into A Business

Another way to make money with creative writing is to start your own blog and to grow it as an income source .

Now, this is definitely harder than writing a niche blog , following strict SEO, and approaching a blog like a business.

However, it’s possible to make money blogging through a variety of methods, and you don’t necessarily need thousands of monthly visitors to make money…a small and devout following that like your stories might be pretty powerful!

For example, This Online World makes $20,000 a month or more through a mixture of display ads and affiliate income:


The above screenshot is a snapshot of advertisement revenue for This Online World from Mediavine , a premium ad-network for bloggers.

This might be tough to reach with a blog that just focuses on creative writing, but you can make money with other sources like affiliate marketing, subscriptions, and selling your own book!

So, if you can be patient and work hard, there’s money to be made from blogging, especially if you’re putting out good content and attracting the right audience.

You can start by finding the things that you’re interested in and writing about those .

The more content you can turn out, the better.

Gaining an audience is a slow process, but regardless of how it goes, you will still come out with a pretty impressive portfolio at the end.

While it may take you longer to make any money from blogging, there is something to be said for the connections and networking opportunities that you can make along the way.

The blogging community is massive and you can easily find people in your industry who may have some advice or are willing to help you advance your career.

Learn more about blogging in this guide! Should I Start A Blog? – What To Know Before Taking On This Side Hustle .

Ready to start blogging? I suggest using SiteGround for your blog hosting because they’re affordable and the same host I use (and love) for all of my websites.

4. Write On Medium

Making money on Medium is one of the easiest ways to dip your toes in the world of writing for income.

In a nutshell, Medium pays you when Medium members spend time reading your content. The top writers on Medium can earn  five figures per month , which is insane.

$1,000 On Medium

You need to build a decent following and write stories with captivating headlines to get the ball rolling, but Medium is  incredibly  beginner friendly.

On Medium, you don’t have to worry about setting up your own website, growing organic traffic, or even marketing your work that much; Medium’s massive platform already has an audience .

Plus, Medium is also  great  for creative writers.

Some categories with massive followings on Medium include:

In short, making money with creative writing is possible on Medium, and there are so many niches you can explore!

And if you have a story trend or stay at the top of Medium’s rankings for certain topics, you basically make money on autopilot as the views come in every day.

Extra Reading – 6 Best Websites Like Medium .

5. Write For Online Publications

If you’re looking for creative writer jobs with a bit more structure than blogging or entering writing contests, your best bet is to write for online publications.

There are so many online articles that you can easily find one geared to your interests or writing style.

Cracked.com and The Onion will publish humour pieces, and offer a good platform to increase visibility as well.

Longreads accept well-written non-fictional stories that can be relatable for others, and they pay very well for publications.


Extra Reading – Make $100 A Day With PayPal .

6. Write Snippets & Features

Some magazines will actually pay for submissions for smaller filler sections.

Small written sections are essential to any printed subscription piece, from recipes, jokes, lifestyle tips and tricks, and just about anything else you can think of.

General lifestyle and conversational magazines like Reader’s Digest are always looking for additional content, as well as the family sections of magazines like The Guardian .

Don’t let the length of these submissions fool you…there is still a professional rate to be made from this type of work.

It can be an excellent supplement to your income and also presents an awesome opportunity for new writers to step into the print world.

As with other submission work, the pieces will likely be subject to specific guidelines in terms of format, structure, and style, so be sure to do your research before completing your work.

7. Write Storylines For Games

If you’re already familiar with game design or if it’s something that you would be interested in learning about, you could use your creative writing skills in the gaming world.

When it comes to game development, smaller teams usually place the storyline on the bottom of their priority list.

However, the right gaming studio will know the value of having an actual creative writer to craft their storyline, and you can stumble across gigs for this sort of thing.

You can actually find storyline gigs online, or even on forums like Reddit For Hire:


Extra Reading – How To Make Money On Reddit .

8. Get Into Television Writing

Breaking into the world of TV writing is tough, but if you have a knack for it then it could be your chance at a big break.

Beyond your writing skills, it’s good to have extensive knowledge of television history. You need to be an expert in the genre you’re writing for and know why other shows in that genre either failed or succeeded.

There’s also a lot of work that you’ll need to do before landing a show.

Take master classes, enter TV writing competitions , and network with industry professionals. All of these things will give you a leg up in the working world.

Once you feel ready, you should write a speculative script– otherwise known as a spec script– which is basically a script that is not commissioned by a network.

It can be your rendition of an episode of an already existing show or something original, but it’s intended to be used by your manager to demonstrate your creativity and skill to possible networks.

9. Become A Copywriter

One final way to get paid fo creative writing is to get into copywriting, which is essentially writing for advertising.

There’s an end goal involved, which is usually to make a sale for a product or service or to tell a better brand story.

Companies hire copywriters all the time for things like website redesign, advertising copy help, and creating brochures or marketing material.

The great thing about working as a copywriter is that you can work your way up to an  insane  hourly rate.

I mean,  checkout this copywriter salary data from Payscale .


The median hourly rate is  awesome , but the top percentile of copywriters can make an amazing salary.

Now, if you want to succeed with copywriting, you definitely want an extensive portfolio of work to show when you’re applying for the job.

This will take time to build, so you might have to start out with some smaller website projects and lower-paying gigs to grow.

Another tip is to write about anything and everything that you’re interested in and publish it on Medium or your own blog.

The more work you have to show the better. Not only will you have an extensive portfolio, but your writing is guaranteed to become better.

The other option is to use freelancing websites to pick up short term or one-off jobs.

Fiverr , People Per Hour , and Upwork are all good options, where you can browse tons of listings to find jobs that suit your skills.

It’s important to note that these platforms are super competitive, so you have to be good at selling yourself and be prepared to charge competitive prices for your work (which may be a lot less than you’re used to).

The upside is that once you’re well established in the community, you can be pickier with what work you take and will have the ability to manage your own schedule.

Extra Reading – Young Money Interview – How Araminta Became A Successful Freelance Copywriter .

Creative Writing vs Content Writing – What’s The Difference?

It’s good to understand the difference between what you do– that is, creative writing– and the general concept of content writing.

The reason for this is that much of the work you find in the world of freelance writing isn’t creative writing; so you need to steer clear of these gigs.

The main difference between writing creatively and writing for content is the purpose, or goal of the end product.

Creative writing is often done for artistic purposes or for personal enjoyment , and is usually subject to literary themes and typical storytelling structures.

Content writing, on the other hand, is intended to be consumable and persuasive to a specific targeted audience.

This form of writing has to be clear, concise, and easy for the reader to consume. Oftentimes, content writing jobs also require understanding SEO.

Because of this, it usually involves strict rules or guidelines to follow, in terms of tone and structure, with less room for creativity.

Typically, content writers are contracted to develop content for advertisements, blogs, branding, and more– with the general goal being measurable results in terms of visibility, traffic, and profit.

If you’re a more creatively inclined writer, you may be worried that you are confining yourself to a life as a starved artist.

Luckily, there are many ways you can channel your creativity into more lucrative outcomes if you know where to look .

Final Thoughts

There are so many ways to sell your skills online as a creative writer….it’s all about finding the right avenue for your specific talents and to find work that makes you happy.

While some creative writing jobs are definitely more lucrative than others, you can definitely get yourself some steady earnings if you devote your energy into any of the above options.

Regardless of what option you choose, the main takeaway is just to get writing .

Having a good portfolio– no matter what the contents are– will not only make you a more viable option when applying for positions, but it’s guaranteed to make you better at writing.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you figure out how to make money with creative writing!

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Selena Fulham knows how valuable having a side hustle can be. She’s a freelance content writer with a focus on SaaS, B2B technology, social media, and the art of making money online. Currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Selena can usually be found either drinking coffee, hiking up a mountain, or snowboarding down it.

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How to Teach Creative Writing | 7 Steps to Get Students Wordsmithing

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“I don’t have any ideas!”

“I can’t think of anything!”

While we see creative writing as a world of limitless imagination, our students often see an overwhelming desert of “no idea.”

But when you teach creative writing effectively, you’ll notice that  every  student is brimming over with ideas that just have to get out.

So what does teaching creative writing effectively look like?

We’ve outlined a  seven-step method  that will  scaffold your students through each phase of the creative process  from idea generation through to final edits.

Create inspiring and original prompts

Use the following formats to generate prompts that get students inspired:

Don’t feel like creating your own? We’ve got a list of 100 elementary prompts  right here .

Unpack the prompts together

Explicitly teach your students how to dig deeper into the prompt for engaging and original ideas.

Probing questions are an effective strategy for digging into a prompt. Take this one for example:

“I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Somehow overnight I…”

Ask “What questions need answering here?” The first thing students will want to know is:

What happened overnight?

No doubt they’ll be able to come up with plenty of zany answers to that question, but there’s another one they could ask to make things much more interesting:

Who might “I” be?

In this way, you subtly push students to go beyond the obvious and into more original and thoughtful territory. It’s even more useful with a deep prompt:

“Write a story where the main character starts to question something they’ve always believed.”

Here students could ask:

Try splitting students into groups, having each group come up with probing questions for a prompt, and then discussing potential “answers” to these questions as a class.

The most important lesson at this point should be that good ideas take time to generate. So don’t rush this step!

Warm-up for writing

A quick warm-up activity will:

Freewriting  is a particularly effective warm-up. Give students 5–10 minutes to “dump” all their ideas for a prompt onto the page for without worrying about structure, spelling, or grammar. After about five minutes you’ll notice them starting to get into the groove, and when you call time, they’ll have a better idea of what captures their interest.

Start planning

Now it’s time for students to piece all these raw ideas together and generate a plan. This will synthesize disjointed ideas and give them a roadmap for the writing process.

Note:  at this stage your strong writers might be more than ready to get started on a creative piece. If so, let them go for it – use planning for students who are still puzzling things out.

Here are four ideas for planning:

Graphic organizers

A graphic organizer will allow your students to plan out the overall structure of their writing. They’re also particularly useful in “chunking” the writing process, so students don’t see it as one big wall of text.

Storyboards and illustrations

These will engage your artistically-minded students and give greater depth to settings and characters. Just make sure that drawing doesn’t overshadow the writing process.

Voice recordings

If you have students who are hesitant to commit words to paper, tell them to think out loud and record it on their device. Often they’ll be surprised at how well their spoken words translate to the page.

Write a blurb

This takes a bit more explicit teaching, but it gets students to concisely summarize all their main ideas (without giving away spoilers). Look at some blurbs on the back of published books before getting them to write their own. Afterward they could test it out on a friend – based on the blurb, would they borrow it from the library?

Produce rough drafts

Warmed up and with a plan at the ready, your students are now ready to start wordsmithing. But before they start on a draft, remind them of what a draft is supposed to be:

Remind them that  if they wait for the perfect words to come, they’ll end up with blank pages .

Instead, it’s time to take some writing risks and get messy. Encourage this by:

Share drafts for peer feedback

Don’t saddle yourself with 30 drafts for marking. Peer assessment is a better (and less exhausting) way to ensure everyone receives the feedback they need.

Why? Because for something as personal as creative writing, feedback often translates better when it’s in the familiar and friendly language that only a peer can produce. Looking at each other’s work will also give students more ideas about how they can improve their own.

Scaffold peer feedback to ensure it’s constructive. The following methods work well:

Student rubrics

A simple rubric allows students to deliver more in-depth feedback than “It was pretty good.” The criteria will depend on what you are ultimately looking for, but students could assess each other’s:

Whatever you opt for, just make sure the language you use in the rubric is student-friendly.

2 positives and a focus area

Have students identify two things their peer did well, and one area that they could focus on further, then turn this into written feedback. Model the process for creating specific comments so you get something more constructive than “It was pretty good.” It helps to use stems such as:

I really liked this character because…

I found this idea interesting because it made me think…

I was a bit confused by…

I wonder why you… Maybe you could… instead.

The editing stage

Now that students have a draft and feedback, here’s where we teachers often tell them to “go over it” or “give it some final touches.”

But our students don’t always know how to edit.

Scaffold the process with questions that encourage students to think critically about their writing, such as:

Key to this process is getting students to  read their creative writing from start to finish .

Important note:  if your students are using a word processor, show them where the spell-check is and how to use it. Sounds obvious, but in the age of autocorrect, many students simply don’t know.

A final word on teaching creative writing

Remember that the best writers write regularly.

Incorporate them into your lessons as often as possible, and soon enough, you’ll have just as much fun  marking  your students’ creative writing as they do producing it.

Need more help supporting your students’ writing?

Read up on  how to get reluctant writers writing , strategies for  supporting struggling secondary writers , or check out our huge list of writing prompts for kids .


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At Oxford Royale Academy, we offer a range of writing courses that have become extremely popular amongst students of all ages. The subject of creative writing continues to intrigue many academics as it can help to develop a range of skills that will benefit you throughout your career and life.

Nevertheless, that initial question is one that continues to linger and be asked time and time again: what is creative writing? More specifically, what does it mean or encompass? How does creative writing differ from other styles of writing?

During our Oxford Summer School programme , we will provide you with in-depth information on creative writing and how you can hone your skills. However, in this guide, we want to provide a detailed analysis of everything to do with creative writing, helping you understand more about what it is and why it could benefit you to become a creative writer.

The best place to start is with a definition.

What is creative writing?

The dictionary definition of creative writing is that it is original writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way. [1] Some academics will also define it as the art of making things up, but both of these definitions are too simplistic in the grand scheme of things.

It’s challenging to settle on a concrete definition as creative writing can relate to so many different things and formats. Naturally, as the name suggests, it is all built around the idea of being creative or imaginative. It’s to do with using your brain and your own thoughts to create writing that goes outside the realms of what’s expected. This type of writing tends to be more unique as it comes from a personal place. Each individual has their own level of creativity, combined with their own thoughts and views on different things. Therefore, you can conjure up your own text and stories that could be completely different from others.

Understanding creative writing can be challenging when viewed on its own. Consequently, the best way to truly understand this medium is by exploring the other main forms of writing. From here, we can compare and contrast them with the art of creative writing, making it easier to find a definition or separate this form of writing from others.

What are the main forms of writing?

In modern society, we can identify five main types of writing styles [1] that will be used throughout daily life and a plethora of careers:

Narrative writing refers to storytelling in its most basic form. Traditionally, this involves telling a story about a character and walking the readers through the journey they go on. It can be a long novel or a short story that’s only a few hundred words long. There are no rules on length, and it can be completely true or a work of fiction.

A fundamental aspect of narrative writing that makes it different from other forms is that it should includes the key elements of storytelling. As per UX Planet, there are seven core elements of a good story or narrative [2] : the plot, characters, theme, dialogue, melody, decor and spectacle. Narrative writing will include all of these elements to take the ready on a journey that starts at the beginning, has a middle point, but always comes to a conclusion. This style of writing is typically used when writing stories, presenting anecdotes about your life, creating presentations or speeches and for some academic essays.

Descriptive writing, on the other hand, is more focused on the details. When this type of writing is used, it’s focused on capturing the reader’s attention and making them feel like they are part of the story. You want them to live and feel every element of a scene, so they can close their eyes and be whisked away to whatever place or setting you describe.

In many ways, descriptive writing is writing as an art form. Good writers can be given a blank canvas, using their words to paint a picture for the audience. There’s a firm focus on the five senses all humans have; sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. Descriptive writing touches on all of these senses to tell the reader everything they need to know and imagine about a particular scene.

This is also a style of writing that makes good use of both similes and metaphors. A simile is used to describe something as something else, while a metaphor is used to show that something is something else. There’s a subtle difference between the two, but they both aid descriptive writing immensely. According to many writing experts, similes and metaphors allow an author to emphasise, exaggerate, and add interest to a story to create a more vivid picture for the reader [3] .

Looking at persuasive writing and we have a form of writing that’s all about making yourself heard. You have an opinion that you want to get across to the reader, convincing them of it. The key is to persuade others to think differently, often helping them broaden their mind or see things from another point of view. This is often confused with something called opinionative writing, which is all about providing your opinions. While the two seem similar, the key difference is that persuasive writing is built around the idea of submitting evidence and backing your thoughts up. It’s not as simple as stating your opinion for other to read; no, you want to persuade them that your thoughts are worth listening to and perhaps worth acting on.

This style of writing is commonly used journalistically in news articles and other pieces designed to shine a light on certain issues or opinions. It is also typically backed up with statistical evidence to give more weight to your opinions and can be a very technical form of writing that’s not overly emotional.

Expository writing is more focused on teaching readers new things. If we look at its name, we can take the word exposure from it. According to Merriam-Webster [4] , one of the many definitions of exposure is to reveal something to others or present them with something they otherwise didn’t know. In terms of writing, it can refer to the act of revealing new information to others or exposing them to new ideas.

Effectively, expository writing focuses on the goal of leaving the reader with new knowledge of a certain topic or subject. Again, it is predominately seen in journalistic formats, such as explainer articles or ‘how-to’ blogs. Furthermore, you also come across it in academic textbooks or business writing.

This brings us back to the centre of attention for this guide: what is creative writing?

Interestingly, creative writing is often seen as the style of writing that combines many of these forms together in one go. Narrative writing can be seen as creative writing as you are coming up with a story to keep readers engaged, telling a tale for them to enjoy or learn from. Descriptive writing is very much a key part of creative writing as you are using your imagination and creative skills to come up with detailed descriptions that transport the reader out of their home and into a different place.

Creative writing can even use persuasive writing styles in some formats. Many writers will combine persuasive writing with a narrative structure to come up with a creative way of telling a story to educate readers and provide new opinions for them to view or be convinced of. Expository writing can also be involved here, using creativity and your imagination to answer questions or provide advice to the reader.

Essentially, creative writing can combine other writing types to create a unique and new way of telling a story or producing content. At the same time, it can include absolutely none of the other forms at all. The whole purpose of creative writing is to think outside the box and stray from traditional structures and norms. Fundamentally, we can say there are no real rules when it comes to creative writing, which is what makes it different from the other writing styles discussed above.

What is the purpose of creative writing?

Another way to understand and explore the idea of creative writing is to look at its purpose. What is the aim of most creative works of writing? What do they hope to provide the reader with?

We can look at the words of Bryanna Licciardi, an experienced creative writing tutor, to understand the purpose of creative writing. She writes that the primary purpose is to entertain and share human experiences, like love or loss. Writers attempt to reveal the truth with regard to humanity through poetics and storytelling. [5] She also goes on to add that the first step of creative writing is to use one’s imagination.

When students sign up to our creative writing courses, we will teach them how to write with this purpose. Your goal is to create stories or writing for readers that entertain them while also providing information that can have an impact on their lives. It’s about influencing readers through creative storytelling that calls upon your imagination and uses the thoughts inside your head. The deeper you dive into the art of creative writing, the more complex it can be. This is largely because it can be expressed in so many different formats. When you think of creative writing, your instinct takes you to stories and novels. Indeed, these are both key forms of creative writing that we see all the time. However, there are many other forms of creative writing that are expressed throughout the world.

What are the different forms of creative writing?

Looking back at the original and simple definition of creative writing, it relates to original writing in a creative and imaginative way. Consequently, this can span across so many genres and types of writing that differ greatly from one another. This section will explore and analyse the different types of creative writing, displaying just how diverse this writing style can be – while also showcasing just what you’re capable of when you learn how to be a creative writer.

The majority of students will first come across creative writing in the form of essays . The point of an essay is to present a coherent argument in response to a stimulus or question. [6] In essence, you are persuading the reader that your answer to the question is correct. Thus, creative writing is required to get your point across as coherently as possible, while also using great descriptive writing skills to paint the right message for the reader.

Moreover, essays can include personal essays – such as writing a cover letter for work or a university application. Here, great creativity is needed to almost write a story about yourself that captivates the reader and takes them on a journey with you. Excellent imagination and persuasive writing skills can help you tell your story and persuade those reading that you are the right person for the job or university place.

Arguably, this is the most common way in which creative writing is expressed. Fictional work includes novels, novellas, short stories – and anything else that is made up. The very definition of fiction by the Cambridge Dictionary states that it is the type of book or story that is written about imaginary characters and events not based on real people and facts. [7] As such, it means that your imagination is called upon to create something out of nothing. It is a quintessential test of your creative writing skills, meaning you need to come up with characters, settings, plots, descriptions and so much more.

Fictional creative writing in itself takes on many different forms and can be completely different depending on the writer. That is the real beauty of creative writing; you can have entirely different stories and characters from two different writers. Just look at the vast collection of fictional work around you today; it’s the perfect way to see just how versatile creative writing can be depending on the writer.

Similarly, scripts can be a type of creative writing that appeals to many. Technically, a script can be considered a work of fiction. Nevertheless, it depends on the script in question. Scripts for fictional television shows, plays or movies are obviously works of fiction. You, the writer, has come up with the characters and story of the show/play/movie, bringing it all to life through the script. But, scripts can also be non-fictional. Creating a play or movie that adapts real-life events will mean you need to write a script based on something that genuinely happened.

Here, it’s a perfect test of creative writing skills as you take a real event and use your creative talents to make it more interesting. The plot and narrative may already be there for you, so it’s a case of using your descriptive writing skills to really sell it to others and keep readers – or viewers – on the edge of their seats.

A speech is definitely a work of creative writing. The aim of a speech can vary depending on what type of speech it is. A politician delivering a speech in the House of Commons will want to get a point across to persuade others in the room. They’ll need to use creative writing to captivate their audience and have them hanging on their every word. A recent example of a great speech was the one by Sir David Attenborough at the recent COP26 global climate summit. [8] Listening to the speech is a brilliant way of understanding how creative writing can help get points across. His speech went viral around the world because of how electrifying and enthralling it is. The use of many descriptive and persuasive words had people hanging onto everything he said. He really created a picture and an image for people to see, convincing them that the time is now to work on stopping and reversing climate change.

From this speech to a completely different one, you can see creative writing at play for speeches at weddings and other jovial events. Here, the purpose is more to entertain guests and make them laugh. At the same time, someone giving a wedding speech will hope to create a lovely story for the guests to enjoy, displaying the true love that the married couple share for one another. Regardless of what type of speech an individual is giving, creative writing skills are required for it to be good and captivating.

Poetry & Songs

The final example of creative writing is twofold; poetry and songs. Both of these formats are similar to one another, relying on creativity to deliver a combination of things. Poetry can take so many forms and styles, but it aims to inspire readers and get them thinking. Poems often have hidden meanings behind them, and it takes a great deal of imagination and creativity to come up with these meanings while also creating a powerful poem. Some argue that poetry is the most creative of all creative writing forms.

Songwriting is similar in that you use creativity to come up with lyrics that can have powerful meanings while also conjuring up a story for people. The best songwriters will use lyrics that stay in people’s minds and get them thinking about the meaning behind the song. If you lack imagination and creativity, you will never be a good songwriter.

In truth, there are so many other types and examples of creative writing that you can explore. The ones listed above are the most common and powerful, and they all do a great job of demonstrating how diverse creative writing can be. If you can hone your skills in creative writing, it opens up many opportunities for you in life. Primarily, creative writing focuses on fictional pieces of work, but as you can see, non-fiction also requires a good deal of creativity.

What’s needed to make a piece of creative writing?

Our in-depth analysis of creative writing has led to a point where you’re aware of this style of writing and its purpose, along with some examples of it in the real world. The next question to delve into is what do you need to do to make a piece of creative writing. To phrase this another way; how do you write something that comes under the creative heading rather than another form of writing?

There is an element of difficulty in answering this question as creative writing has so many different types and genres. Consequently, there isn’t a set recipe for the perfect piece of creative writing, and that’s what makes this format so enjoyable and unique. Nevertheless, we can discover some crucial elements or principles that will help make a piece of writing as creative and imaginative as possible:

A target audience

All creative works will begin by defining a target audience. There are many ways to define a target audience, with some writers suggesting that you think about who is most likely to read your work. However, this can still be challenging as you’re unsure of the correct demographic to target. Writer’s Digest makes a good point of defining your target audience by considering your main motivation for writing in the first place. [9] It’s a case of considering what made you want to start writing – whether it’s a blog post, novel, song, poem, speech, etc. Figuring out your motivation behind it will help you zero in on your target audience.

Defining your audience is vital for creative writing as it helps you know exactly what to write and how to write it. All of your work should appeal to this audience and be written in a way that they can engage with. As a simple example, authors that write children’s stories will adapt their writing to appeal to the younger audience. Their stories include lots of descriptions and words that children understand, rather than being full of long words and overly academic writing.

Establishing the audience lets the writer know which direction to take things in. As a result, this can aid with things like character choices, plot, storylines, settings, and much more.

A story of sorts

Furthermore, great works of creative writing will always include a story of sorts. This is obvious for works such as novels, short stories, scripts, etc. However, even for things like poems, songs or speeches, a story helps make it creative. It gives the audience something to follow, helping them make sense of the work. Even if you’re giving a speech, setting a story can help you create a scene in people’s minds that makes them connect to what you’re saying. It’s a very effective way of persuading others and presenting different views for people to consider.

Moreover, consider the definition of a story/narrative arc. One definition describes it as a term that describes a story’s full progression. It visually evokes the idea that every story has a relatively calm beginning, a middle where tension, character conflict and narrative momentum builds to a peak and an end where the conflict is resolved. [10]

Simplifying this, we can say that all works of creative writing need a general beginning, middle and end. It’s a way of bringing some sort of structure to your writing so you know where you are going, rather than filling it with fluff or waffle.

A good imagination

Imagination is a buzzword that we’ve used plenty of times throughout this deep dive into creative writing. Every creative writing course you go on will spend a lot of time focusing on the idea of using your imagination. The human brain is a marvellously powerful thing that holds the key to creative freedom and expressing yourself in new and unique ways. If you want to make something creative, you need to tap into your imagination.

People use their imagination in different ways; some will be able to conjure up ideas for stories or worlds that exist beyond our own. Others will use theirs to think of ways of describing things in a more creative and imaginative way. Ultimately, a good imagination is what sets your work apart from others within your genre. This doesn’t mean you need to come up with the most fantastical novel of all time to have something classified as creative writing. No, using your imagination and creativity can extend to something as simple as your writing style.

Ultimately, it’s more about using your imagination to find your own personal flair and creative style. You will then be able to write unique pieces that stand out from the others and keep audiences engaged.

How can creative writing skills benefit you?

When most individuals or students consider creative writing, they imagine a world where they are writing stories for a living. There’s a common misconception that creative writing skills are only beneficial for people pursuing careers in scriptwriting, storytelling, etc. Realistically, enhancing ones creative writing skills can open up many windows of opportunity throughout your education and career.

These points all demonstrate the different ways in which creative writing can impact your life and alter your career. In terms of general career skills, this is one that you simply cannot go without.

How to improve your creative writing

One final part of this analysis of creative writing is to look at how students can improve. It begins by reading as much as you can and taking in lots of different content. Read books, poems, scripts, articles, blogs – anything you can find. Listen to music and pay attention to the words people use and the structure of their writing. It can help you pick up on things like metaphors, similes, and how to use your imagination. Of course, writing is the key to improving; the more you write, the more creative you can get as you will start unlocking the powers of your brain.

Conclusion: What is creative writing

In conclusion, creative writing uses a mixture of different types of writing to create stories that stray from traditional structures and norms. It revolves around the idea of using your imagination to find a writing style that suits you and gets your points across to an audience, keeping them engaged in everything you say. From novels to speeches, there are many forms of creative writing that can help you in numerous career paths throughout your life.

To really unlock your writing potential, try one of our creative writing courses . As mentioned right at the beginning, we have a range of courses for students of different ages, all built around creativity and creative writing.

[1] SkillShare: The 5 Types of Writing Styles with Examples

[2] Elements of Good Story Telling – UX Planet

[3] Simile vs Metaphor: What’s the Difference? – ProWritingAid

[4] Definition of Exposure by Merriam-Webster

[5] The Higher Purpose of Creative Writing | by Terveen Gill

[6] Essay purpose – Western Sydney University

[7] FICTION | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

[8] ‘Not fear, but hope’ – Attenborough speech in full – BBC News

[9] Writer’s Digest: Who Is Your Target Reader?

[10] What is a Narrative Arc? • A Guide to Storytelling Structure

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25 Writing Exercises That’ll Give Your Content More Punch and Power

27 Creative Writing Exercises That’ll Punch Up Your Writing

by Mel Wicks

on Feb 1, 2023

Creative writing exercises are a great way to train your writing muscles. Ready to flex? Read on.

Wouldn’t you love to smash your content out of the ring every time?

To always land that knockout blow, just like your writing idols?

Imagine having the same audience of cheering fans, clamoring to read your next post (or to buy your first book as a published author).

Yep. That’s the dream, alright.

But let’s face reality. When you sit down to write new content, it never quite measures up to the greats. (How do they make it look so easy? )

You’d love to write like the heavyweight blogging champions that inspired you to start a blog in the first place, but right now you feel more like the puny guy at the punching bag. You may as well grab another soda and flop in front of the TV.

But don’t throw in the towel just yet.

You may not write like those blogging champions now , but that doesn’t mean you never will. If you exercise your writing muscles, you too can make money blogging and become one of the greats.

How to Exercise Your Writing Muscles and Become a Blogging Heavyweight

Exercise. (Groan.) Who needs it?

You do. We all do.

If you want to be physically fit, you need to exercise your body. And if you want to produce powerful, punchy content, you need to exercise your writing muscles. It’s a no-brainer.

But that doesn’t mean you just write every day without any training regimen.

Sure, daily writing practice might get you there eventually, but creative writers and copywriters will exercise with precision.

They will take 15-30 minutes every day to train specific skills. And they won’t just train once and think they’re done. They will go back and train the same writing skill over and over, until they have it down pat.

That’s how you want to approach the writing tips below.

When you do them for the first time, you might feel clumsy and unnatural. But after a few weeks of hard work, you’ll quickly notice a difference.

That’s how exercise works.

Ready to get started?

Then take town that poster of Arnold Schwarzenegger and pin-up William Shakespeare, because we’re about to max out on creative writing prompts and story inspiration.

Let’s the writing gym!

27 Creative Writing Exercises (Broken Down by Category)

7 writing exercises that’ll make you fearless in the writing ring, 6 writing exercises that’ll get your writing style in perfect shape, 2 writing exercises that’ll give your writing a hilarious left hook, 4 writing exercises that’ll beef up your scene-painting skills, 3 writing exercises that’ll make you pack a more persuasive punch, 5 writing exercises that’ll strengthen your creative muscles.

Most writers hold back when they write. They’re afraid to open up and show all of themselves, terrified they’ll be rejected or ridiculed. And if it’s a paid writing assignment for a client? Forget about it. It’s a recipe for writer’s block and staring at a blank page.

The most powerful writers are fearless. They bleed everything they have onto the page, making people wince, gasp, sob or seethe. Every blog post, poem , or story idea connects on a deep level because they’re not scared to be vulnerable.

If you want your writing to connect like that, you must train yourself to release your suppressed emotions, embrace your creative flow, and write with brutal honesty.

powerful writers are fearless

It’s hard to put all of yourself out there, but once you master the technique, it’s like unshackling the chains. You will connect with your readers on an entirely new level.

Every creative writing exercise listed below will train you to be fearlessly vulnerable.

1. Tell Your Best Friends Why They Suck

I’m sure you love your friends dearly, but let’s be honest, sometimes they annoy the heck out of you.

Write a letter to each of your friends, telling them what you hate about them. Tell them everything you wish they’d stop doing and saying.

Don’t actually send it — I don’t want to be responsible for ruining all your friendships — but don’t hold anything back.

And when you’re done, move on to family members, coworkers, and so on.

2. Confront the First Person Who Broke Your Heart

Write them the letter you’ve been penning in your head since the day they reached into your chest, ripped out your heart, and left it bleeding at your feet.

Tell them about the physical pain and every emotion you felt at that moment. The ones that are seared into your brain forever.

3. Recall Your Most Painful Experiences

Think about the most painful experiences in your life — the ones that didn’t just make you shed a tear or two, but made you bawl bucketloads.

Try freewriting them. Write an account of those occasions and let all the emotions flood out.

You should be dripping tears onto your keyboard while you do this.

4. Confess Your Deepest, Darkest Secret

Write about a secret that you’ve kept locked away out of embarrassment — something about yourself that nobody knows and that you don’t want anybody to know. Now’s the time to unleash the beast.

Remember, whatever you write is for your eyes only, and once you’re done, you can tear it up right away.

5. Write Down the Worst Thing That Could Ever Happen

What’s that one thing that you constantly worry will happen? What’s that one recurring nightmare that makes you wake up screaming and sobbing?

Whatever it is, write about it. Get it all on the page and face your monsters.

6. Put it All Down on Paper

Grab a pen and a piece of paper. Start writing.

Don’t edit your words. Heck, don’t even pay attention to the words you’re writing. Just get them down on paper and let the creative juice flow.

In The Artist’s Way (affiliate link), Julia Cameron recommends creating three pages of “stream of consciousness” writing (also known as “free writing”) every single morning. She calls this writing exercise “Morning Pages” and it’s a great way to flex your creative muscles.

7. Describe Your Most Mortifying Moment

Everyone has a moment they wish they could erase. The shame and indignity of something you said or did. The toe-curling embarrassment that still makes you groan in agony whenever the memory pops into your head.

Put it down in writing. Remember every mortifying detail. Relive the humiliation and spew it all onto the page.

When you talk, you use more than your voice. You use inflections, hand gestures and body language to add emphasis and personality. But as a creative writer, your words must have power . Each one has to count.

Your content shouldn’t just get the message across, it should do so with flair and gusto. It should be so pleasing to read that readers flow from line to line.

write with flair and gusto

That’s why every serious writer should spend serious time honing their writing style until it’s almost flawless.

1. Copycat Your Writing Heroes

One of the best ways to develop a strong writing style is to copy your favorite writers by hand — as in, pen to paper.

Pick a blogger or bestseller whose voice you admire and copy their content, word for word; every long emotional paragraph to every simple sentence. Don’t think too hard about it. Just go with it.

As you write out their words, you’ll internalize their writing style, their pace and rhythm, their grammar , their word choice, and their sentence structure.

Make no mistake. This is one of the most powerful ways to sharpen your writing skills  and build creative muscle.

2. Replicate the Rhetoric from JFK and MLK

Famous speeches, like those from John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, often use rhetorical devices to strengthen their message.

See this example, where JFK repeats the same phrase at the beginning of each sentence .

Or see this example, where MLK uses several rhetorical devices in a row:

These are marvelous writing tools you can use to make your content explode with power.

To get a good feel for them, google the transcripts of famous speeches, see if you can spot where they use rhetorical devices like the ones above, and then rewrite them to fit into five different contexts.

For example, you might rewrite JFK’s words as such:

The goal of this writing exercise is to practice these techniques until your brain absorbs the rhythm and inflection and it becomes second nature to recognize where to include rhetorical devices in your writing.

3. Eliminate 20%

Rambling sentences are a turn-off. Powerful content uses short and pacey sentences that are easy to read and simple to grasp.

That’s why you should train yourself to write concisely.

Select one of your old posts and rewrite it , paragraph by paragraph. Your goal is to cut around 20% of your total word count without changing the meaning or deleting a point.

Focus on shortening each paragraph itself. Cut flabby words and adverbs , remove redundancy, merge sentences, and replace long-winded phrases with shorter alternatives. You won’t be able to do it for each one, but try.

Do this enough, and eventually conciseness will become a natural part of your writing process.

4. Write Your 400-Word Life Story

Nobody likes reading posts that go off on endless tangents and drag on and on about irrelevant nonsense.

You need to train yourself to omit the fluff and get to the point. You should only ever share the minimal amount that’s needed for the reader to get the picture.

In this exercise, write a story that paints a complete picture of your life, but limit yourself to 400 words. This forces you to focus on the most important events.

You can repeat this exercise with different topics as well. For instance, you might write a 400-word summary of the last movie you watched or the last nonfiction book you bought on Amazon.

5. Write a Movie Dialogue

You don’t want your content to read like an instruction manual. It should read like you’re having a conversation with your readers. This makes them feel more engaged with the content.

Writing fiction can help with this. So, before you write your next post , write a dialogue between yourself and an audience member on the same topic.

Think about how two people would chat (like in the scene of a movie), and reflect this natural flow in your writing.

6. Find Analogies for Everyday Life

Want to be a better writer? Analogies (and their cousins, similes and metaphors ) are a writer’s best friend.

They can create powerful imagery , make complex ideas easy to understand, and add color and fun to your writing. But coming up with a great analogy is hard — unless you consistently practice writing them.

So make a list of everything you did or experienced yesterday such as getting up from bed, brushing your teeth, walking the dog, doing yoga, and so on. Now, for each activity, come up with a metaphor or analogy.

Training your brain to make connections between two unrelated things will get your creativity flowing and make you more imaginative. Practice it enough and you’ll find that metaphors and similes will come to you naturally as you tackle your next post or writing project.

Hint: Finding great analogies is crazy-hard. Use this guide to make sure you’re doing it right.

Your content shouldn’t just teach and inspire your audience, it should also entertain. And sprinkling in the odd joke here and there can go a long way.

Humor helps you connect with your audience . It makes your content stand out in what may be an otherwise humorless niche, and this means it’s more likely to be remembered.

Don’t worry — you don’t have to become the next Jerry Seinfeld. But with these exercises, you can train yourself to find the funny in the mundane.

1. Look at the World Through Distorted Glasses

One reliable way to make people laugh is to put everything in the world into new and absurd contexts.

You pretend you don’t know what an object or custom is actually for, and then guess at what its true purpose is.

See how that works?

Don’t worry about sounding silly. After all, creativity is all about thinking completely outside the box (like, way outside the box).

2. Pile on the Exaggeration

Another good way to go for laughs is to exaggerate something to the point of absurdity.

If you want an example of this in action, see this video of Phyllis Diller talking about her mother-in-law:

YouTube video

Get the picture?

Good. Now brainstorm twenty endings to each of these sentences:

Don’t worry if they’re not all comedy gold. The idea is to practice. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

And when you’re done with this list, continue practicing. Use things you own or people you know, define a few of their characteristics (e.g., my car is red, tiny, old, guzzles gas, has powerful brakes, etc.), and then make a list of exaggerations.

Dry content is boring. If you want to evoke a powerful response, you must evoke your reader’s senses .

You must paint tangible scenes, using visual and sensual language to make your words burst off the page in glorious technicolor.

writing that evokes a powerful response

Take this extract from one of Jon Morrow’s most inspiring posts, An Open Letter to Writers Struggling to Find Their Courage . It’s chock-full of words that paint a graphic picture of a fish:

You go fishing one day with your rod and reel, hook a fish, and reel it in, dragging it out of the water so you can get a better look at your catch. It’s lying on land, its gills pumping furiously, its eyes bulging, its mouth opening and closing in silent screams. Every once in a while, it flips around, trying to work its way back into the water, but it’s no use; the poor thing is hooked.

When you read that, can’t you just see the fish flip-flopping in front of you?

Powerful, isn’t it?

Use these exercises to practice painting vivid scenes yourself.

1. Describe the Best (and Worst) Date You Ever Had

What were you wearing? Where did you meet up? What were the first words out of your mouth?

Describe your memories of the date, making them as vivid and tangible as possible.

Don’t tell us she was pretty. Tell us how her sparkling eyes made you tingle from head to toe. Make us picture the scene, hear the sounds, and feel your sensations.

2. Write About Meeting Your In-Laws for the First Time

Was it terrifying? Funny? Heartwarming?

Did your mother-in-law’s eyes laser your heart before her tongue lashed at your soul? Or was she as welcoming as fried chicken at a family barbeque?

3. Recall Your Most Vivid Memory of School

This one speaks for itself. So I’ll just give you an example of my own:

At primary school, I hated rice pudding with a passion . One day I refused to eat it, so my teacher refused to let me leave the table. It was a battle of wills. I sat, arms crossed, staring at the cold, congealed, white mush, with cheap jelly splodged across its yucky skin. Beside me, my teacher cajoled, pleaded, threatened, and silently cursed. I won.

What’s your most vivid memory of school? Describe every detail.

4. Write About Your Greatest Sporting Moment

Write an account of your most glorious sporting achievement, whether you’re an Olympic champion, or you and your brother won the under-fives’ three-legged race at your community fair.

Relive every triumphant moment as you realized you were about to make your own personal version of sporting history.

Your writing must be persuasive if you want it to stick in people’s minds.

It must persuade your readers to see your point of view. It must persuade your readers to believe in themselves. Sometimes, it must persuade readers to buy what you’re selling.

So here are some exercises to practice your persuasion skills.

1. Give Your Younger Self a Pep-Talk

Everyone is a work in progress, which is why one of the best ways to persuade people is to show them a better version of themselves. If you can inspire someone, you can persuade them.

But not everybody is naturally inspirational. That’s why you should practice.

You must have had moments in your past when you could’ve used some words of encouragement — moments when you felt scared, or concerned, or defeated.

Find these moments in your life, and write your younger self a pep-talk. Write down what you needed to hear in that moment. Inspire your younger self to keep their head up and keep going. Show them that better version of themselves.

2. Write a Super-Slick Sales Page for a Dinner Plate

You may not have any products or services on offer yet, but at some point, you probably will. That means you won’t just have to know how to sell, but you’ll have to get over whatever hangups you have about being “salesy.”

Pick an object from your house — something mundane, like a dinner plate, a pencil, or a towel — and write an over-the-top sales pitch for it.

Think about the benefits of the object, and what features it has that makes it stand out against other similar objects. By picking a mundane object, you force yourself to get creative when you think of its unique selling points.

3. Write an Assertive Op-Ed Piece for the New York Times

When you write a blog post, you must write with authority. That means you can’t be wishy-washy with your language and you can’t hold back your opinions because you’re afraid they might rub people the wrong way. (Remember, you have to be fearless.)

Train yourself to be assertive in your writing by picking a controversial topic you feel strongly about and pretending the New York Times asked you to write an op-ed on it.

State your opinion clearly and proudly, avoid ambiguity, and explain in no uncertain terms why you feel the way you feel.

Everyone loves a good story. And understanding the mechanics of telling a good story will make you a far more engaging writer.

Did you know, for instance, that most great stories follow a three-act structure?

When you do the exercises below, try and mix things up by writing shorter and longer stories. Write a multi-page short story, then write a three-paragraph story. But apply the three-act structure every time, until you have it down pat.

1. Write Your Own Superhero Story

Imagine you’re a superhero who has to save the world from a terrible evil. Use your real life for inspiration, but sprinkle in fantastical elements to make things more exciting.

Where do you come from? What’s your superpower? Who or what gave you your powers? What’s your kryptonite? Who’s your evil arch-enemy?

Have fun with this one!

2. Write a Series of Café Stories

Sit in a café and observe the people around you. Pick someone who looks interesting. Now, use every ounce of your imagination and write his or her story.

What brought them to this coffee shop? Are they in the first act of their story and about to set off on an adventure, or are they in the third act and recuperating from the adventure they had?

3. Write Crime Thrillers About Your Neighbors

Did you ever see the movie Rear Window? Or have you read this year’s literary thriller, The Woman in The Window? Both follow a similar compelling storyline of someone witnessing a crime in a neighboring house… or did they?

Next time you’re walking your dog around your neighborhood, pay more attention to the homes you pass or look at them in a different way. Now write a synopsis of a short thriller inspired by any of the houses you see (or can see into). Let the front yard, architecture, and possibly the people drive your twisted tale.

4. Write a Graveyard Tale

Go to your local graveyard and wander around the tombstones. Take inspiration from the inscriptions and write a series of short stories about the characters you find.

How did they die? Who did they leave behind? Are they connected to anyone else in the graveyard?

5. Write a Fairy Tale about the Big Bad Wolf

Think of your favorite fairy tales ( Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel ) and rewrite them from the bad guy’s point of view.

Put yourself in their shoes. Think about what motivated them, what they were trying to achieve, and whether they cared what other people thought of them.

Do the same for each of the main characters in the story (e.g., the mom, the grandma, the woodcutter). And finally, create a new disinterested observer and write the same fairy tale from their point of view.

This will teach you to think more deeply about character development in your stories.

Which of These Creative Writing Exercises is Your Favorite?

You made it!

You’ve completed a full run-through of your writing workout.

All you have to do now is start practicing these exercises for real.

Every day. Every week and every month.

Find two or three exercises or a creative writing prompt that appeals to you and start a regimen for 15-20 minutes a day. After a couple of weeks, pick another two or three and start again.

Keep refreshing them. Keep enthused and keep at it.

Before you know it, you’re going to go from that puny guy at the punching bag to heavyweight writing champion of the world.

Yeah! (Cue Rocky music!)

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82 thoughts on “27 creative writing exercises that’ll punch up your writing”.

Really great post Mel! But of all the exercises you listed, I think the most important would be writing with no fear. Just think about the journalists/commentators on TV who made millions running their mouth about stuff they are not scared to share to tens of millions. Love’em or hate’em, that’s the type of voracity that should be in your blogs. It’s how I got published in the The Washington Post as well: I wrote a very personal and raw dating testimonial for the The Washington Post’s dating section that pissed people off. Did I care? Honestly, no. They were honest words from an honest experience. And apparently the editors appreciated my boldness because I’ve been freelancing for them every since.

Love it! That’s exactly right, Monica. “Publish and be damned!” as the Duke of Wellington boldly said. Stay fearless, and thanks for sharing, today and in the Washington Post. Cheers, Mel

You have to write without fear. Of course, everyone will make mistakes in their writing. But if you don’t mess up in the beginning, how can you grow and learn from your mistakes as a writer? Quick question for you. When you write content for your site, do you manually type? Or do you use speech recognition on your smartphone? And when you do write content, do you have a word count preference?

I don’t have my own blog (yet.) But if I did, I’d try to keep my word count below 1000 words. I manually type everything.

I’m making it a positive habit now of writing content from my smartphone almost everywhere I go. This way, i hold myself accountable for staying on my A+ game in content marketing and striving for excellence to increase affiliate revenue potential.

Good for you. Great idea. Cheers, Mel

Thanks Mel. 🙂

After your FABULOUS post, everybody knows it or soon will, wanting (to be a writer) is not enough. It takes the courage to follow through, or as you call it, fearlessness. Many don’t because they’ve got no clue of what it takes, and how much of it, when they begin. I should know 🙂 Your post does a GREAT job of making that clear – it takes (s)miles more than you think. It’s all about exfearience, isn’t it? All your exercises are powerful. My favs, 1-4, 13/14, 19, 21. Calling them exercises rather than work shows you know what you’re talking about because work it is not and exercise is lots more fun to build muscle and develop the oomph to give your writing punchy power, than work.

And you’ve got to keep at it, Beat, otherwise nothing changes. Cheers, Mel

Great post! Very helpful for those willing to do the drill. Thank you.

Yeah, it is a drill, isn’t it, Cyrus. Thanks for your comments. Cheers, Mel

This is fabulous – thank you, Mel! Where has this been all of my life? And “OMG, where do I sign up??”

All of these exercises should be in every writer’s daily rotation, just as stretches and toning moves should be in everyone’s physical exercise routine. It’s too easy to get lazy. It’s too easy to get flabby. It’s too easy to skip it “just this once.” The benefit of keeping up is well worth it – in both arenas. Trust me on that one. The first day back after a long absence can be brutal. #whathappened

Seems to me that some of the by-products of these efforts might even be publish-worthy! Bonus! Can’t wait to get started. You’ve already inspired several ideas. Now where do I start?

P.S. Thanks, also, for not publishing this on New Year’s Day. #nomoreNewYearsResolutions

You’re right. It shouldn’t be a New Year’s resolution – it should be all year. Glad to have inspired you and thanks for your comment, Sandra Cheers, Mel PS. I hope you did sign up!

Sure did! And I’m going to drink a while from the firehose before picking an exercise to do tonight. Nothing like getting that #fireinyourbelly again!

Yes it is too easy to get lazy. But if writing, blogging, and side hustles is something you truly desire to do, you’ll kick yourself in the butt and be like Nike; “Just do it.” 🙂

I cannot agree any less with you on the points you presented in this article. I love the concept of writing fearlessly, write about your pain problems, as well as copycat your writing heroes. Your writing hero might competitors. These are remarkable tips that will definitely take your writing to the next level. Do example, your writing heroes have already established writers in your niche market. They have the followers/readership you want to engage with. Copying them or in other words learning from them will set you up for the long run.

Thanks a lot for sharing Mel.

You’re welcome, Moss Cheers, Mel

Great article! Most of this exercises I have already tried to do and I can say they will be useful to every writer, regardless of the level. I also think that the tips outlined in the article on AnswerShark about writing of expository essay will also help in the component of proper planning of this type of work. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Mel, appreciate your insight. Very helpful to us new comers. On my way to check into your bootcamp, hope to see you there.

Thanks, Jerry. See you in boot camp! Cheers, Mel

Incredibly helpful read Mel, so many great tips! Although I know there’s always room for improvement, it rarely becomes a priority, however your article gave some interesting ways to actually make it happen, so thank you!!

Glad to have helped, Anne. Sometimes a little inspiration is all we need. Cheers, Mel

Anne, you are right.

I wasn’t surprised when I saw that Mel is a copywriter.

Copywriters are good with writing long but highly engaging blog posts.

Thanks Mel… I have Learnt something new.

Such a thoughtful post. That being said, here are few of the concerns: It’s really important to define your target audience instead of giving a serious thought about SEO or Google when you’re just starting out.

Majority of the beginner bloggers always ask me “what kind of content to write and how to get the top rankings for the keywords I want to write for” etc. Seriously when you’re just starting out, giving too much about SEO won’t help you.

Google don’t really trust new websites and that’s the reason why authority sites always rank well in search engines. If you’re running a new site and focusing on first page results with generic content, you’re doing it wrong and going nowhere.

The key here is to find out what you truly wants to offer to your audience and focus on creating user engagement over search traffic.

Make sure to network with others so that you can build better relationships which will be really helpful for your blog in the long run. If you’re forgetting the importance of networking with others you’re not going to build a profitable blog top actually makes money.

Thanks for the awesome share.

Thanks, Ree Cheers, Mel

What an amazing post, Mel.

I was about asking what if the relationship I have with my friend goes sour after sending him the letter before I saw where you wrote that I should not send it.

These are powerful writing exercises. Mine is that I will just read my favourite blogger’s article and get more energy to fly.

Thanks for sharing.

Definitely don’t send that letter, Emenike! I’d hate to be responsible for a soured relationship. But I hope the exercise helps your writing. Cheers, Mel

This is gold.

I’ve printed it out and I’m going to study it as if my life depends on it. Thanks for taking time to put this up.

You’re welcome, Eben. I Hope it helps your writing. Cheers, Mel

I never thought of these methods. It really is a great idea and effective! It really catches the attention of readers as they want to know all the facts that lead to the conclusion on the top. I will follow this “Exercise” from now on !!

Thanks for your comment, Andrew Cheers, Mel

Great! I appreciate your insight. Very helpful to us new comers

I love helping new comers to writing. Good luck with it. Cheers, Mel

These tips are perfect for those writers who stuck in a rut. I especially liked the exercise #12 about finding analogies in everyday life because sometimes in everyday routine there are so many things that are interesting to write about! We just not always notice and pay attention to them.

Paying attention is key, Rebecca. There’s so much inspiration around us. Cheers, Mel

Awesome post, Mel. Searched so much for a complete guide to writing good contents for my blog and found it here. Keep up the good work.

I’m so glad you could stop searching. Cheers, Mel

Hello Mel! this Writing Exercise is amazing! It inspired me so much!

And, I’ve finally found the courage to write blog content on regular basis.

I am definitely going to try this exercise. Thank you!

Courage is very important in blog writing. Keep it up! Cheers, Mel

Great article and quotes, especially liked the ex# 6.

Thanks, David. That’s one of my favorites too and sadly I’ve got lots of mortifying moments! Cheers, Mel

Excellent Mel. We all need to write sans fear to make our creations POP. This comes with practice. So easy to be honest if you do not fear offending people, turning them off or hurting feelings, or if you do not fear criticism or failure. Do not tone it down. Turn it up. Best way to really make an impact with your writing.

Hi Ryan, thanks for stopping by. I’m getting braver by the day – that’s why those exercises are so important. Practice, practice, practice! Cheers, Mel

Hello Mel, Such a nice post. This is a perfect guide and will be very helpful to make compelling blog post everytime. The writing exercise tips from your side will surely help to punch and give power to our blog post writing habits.

You have well explained the whole article.

Best wishes, Praveen verma

Thanks for your kind words, Praveen Cheers, Mel

Thanks a lot David. This is really tricky and now using this method for writing a great content will offer me the best content for my website.

It is an absolutely a great post. The way you covered every minute detail about writing quality content is amazing. It will surely help for beginners as well as experienced writers too. The post is very much beneficial for those who want to make their careers in writing field. Thanks!

Glad to have helped, Raj. I wish you every success with your writing. Cheers, Mel

While I started blogging, I wrote articles and posts frequently, and there was no keyword research. So I did n’t get much traffic. When I start to focus on article and rewriting by researching keyword, I saw a spike in my readership and subscribers. Article on smart blogger help to craft my article.

Glad Smart Blogger is helping you become a better writer, Shafeeque.

Nice Article 🙂

Thanks for sharing this amazing info..

You’re welcome. Thanks for your omment

That meant to read ‘comment’!

That’s really awesome. By using these ideas, we can actually attract users and user’s experience. Totally brain storming ideas. Thanks a lot!!

Glad you liked the exercises, Mohit Cheers, Mel

I don’t have my own blog (yet.) But if I did, I’d try to keep my word count below 600 words. I manually type everything.

Well, that’s an interesting reason for keeping your word count low, Atchuy. I have a vision of you pumping away at an old fashioned typewriter. Good luck with your blog. Cheers, Mel

That’s really awesome. By using these ideas, we can actually attract users and user’s experience. Totally brain storming ideas. Thanks a lot!!

Hey there. Great post full of valuable information. I just wanted to ask you and i welcome anyone who has an opinion on this. Most of the times i use voice to text function in google docs and it helps me write better and longer content because i am not limited by the time i need to type the stuff i have in my head. Do you advice me to continue writting this way or start typing again the old fashion way? I mean generally, not only when am doing the above exercises.

I think what ever works for you best, is the simple answer, John. I’m very jealous of anyone who can write using voice to text software because I’m sure it saves a huge amount of time, but it doesn’t work for me. I need to see the words on paper (or screen), so I can tell how they’re flowing and working together. But maybe I should try it for a first draft one day. Thanks for giving me that food for thought. Cheers, Mel

I usually use voice to text in google docs and as you speak you see the words being written in the page almost real time and you can do edits and cuts if you wish otherwise you just continue speaking (writting). If you have a good microphone and quiet surroundings, the software picks up everything. Also the language i use it in is Greek so in english i assume it would be more accurate as it’s more widely spoken language. Thank you for your reply and the great content once again.

Regards, John Zagorianos

Hi Mel, Awesome tips who actually wants to make an impact with their content and live in people’s heart…

Quotes, dialogues, questions works pretty well I n between the content and make the readers more engaged towards it. Thanks

Have a great day ahead!

You too, Navin Cheers, Mel

Great tips for me. I’ll try to follow your idea and tips. I hope I will implement this in my future. I believe exercises are helps me to write my essay. And I also want to get more tips from you.

Hi Clark, thanks for your comment. If you want more tips, I hope you downloaded my infographic and signed up to my blog. See you over there! Cheers, Mel

Hello, Yes you are right. All your points are perfect. Thank you for sharing.

Awesome tips for content writing. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips. It’ll definitely help me in improving my website content.

Awesome post & Very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Just what I have been looking for. Thank you so much for this!!!

Great article, as usual. Thanks a lot

Quick question for you my friend. I’d like to create attractive infographics for my blog and also for additional SEO promotion. I really don’t know where I could find a good site that would let me create a really professional looking infographics that looks like the corporate people use. Can you recommend a few good sites so i can take a quick look at them? Thanks kindly. 🙂

Since I started The Write Practice a few years ago, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this question, how to write a good story. Apart from the basics: grammar rules, punctuation, spelling and sentence construction, there are no rules for writing a book. If someone tells you there are, ignore them. Try not to be too wordy. Question every adverb and adjective – do they enhance the sentence? Your editor should point these out if so but do try to limit them. Try not to be too wordy. Question every adverb and adjective – do they enhance the sentence? Are you using complicated words when simple ones will do? Do you have a favorite word or phrase you repeat over and over again? Your editor should point these out if so but do try to limit them.

Thanks Mel Wicks, great tips. Really love it.

Hi Mel, This could be a life-changing article for me. I am a new member of Jon’s FM program. And English is my 2nd language. I read, speak and write English well, but one can make out that I am not a native English speaker. My language may contain some clunky phrase or awkward sentence structure. I have been told by Jon and Robert to rewrite with pen and paper. But your blog contains so much more for the tips. It has gotten me so inspired to take up all the exercise starting from today! Thank you so much for this work!

Hi Jatin, It’s comments like yours that make blogging worthwhile. I wish you every success with your writing in the future and I’m so glad I could help. Chers, Mel

Hey Mel, the exercises you’ve shared with us are very helpful. It will help me and as well as many new bloggers or writers in their writing journey. Thanks to you.

You’re welcome, Shuvra

Thanks for an awesome post Mel! I have been looking to find something like this for a while. These tips are great for many writers.

Glad you found it useful, Mac

I read your writing exercises. This is amazing and helpful for me to write. Thanks for sharing this article with me and whole people who want to write.

I am really struggling to write some kind of blog posts. These tips might be helpful for my future writings.

Thanks for subtle tips.

All of these tips sound so concise and helpful, I’ll be sure to use them for myself! Thanks for sharing this!

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Ron Whitehead is pictured alongside the poster for his documentary, “Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead,” at the film premiere at Village 8 Cinemas in Louisville in 2022.

Ron Whitehead

Author, poet, educator and activist Ron Whitehead never thought that his life would end becoming what it has when growing up on a farm outside Centertown in Ohio County.

“I thought I was something of a juvenile delinquent,” Whitehead said, “so I was shocked years later when I was named to the Ohio County High School Hall of Fame representing my 1968 graduating class.”

Following graduation, Whitehead went off to the University of Louisville and Oxford University before making his way out to Arizona due to his love for the American Southwest.

Whitehead didn’t leave home with much feeling of joy, but was able to find some purpose and self-discovery on this new venture.

“I had a lot of anger in me about so many things …,” he said, “but then in Arizona, I started having … some lucid dreams and I started remembering the positive things that occurred to me … in my childhood and my growing up years, and I started writing the stories down and then this awareness came and I found my voice as a writer.

“It wasn’t an overnight process, but I came to recall the gift and the blessing it truly was growing up the way I was raised ….”

Whitehead eventually started finding friends and people “of a creative spirit.”

“I had so many friends growing up, and I’ve been a seeker all my life and I didn’t find those creative rebels like myself until I left home,” he said. “I was on the lookout for them by the time I left home, and I had been since then and … I’ve been blessed to establish a global community of friends who are creative artists and who live and create outside the box and don’t follow the status quo ….

“Everything changed dramatically for me when I made the determination that, come hell or high water, to build a bridge from where I was to where I wanted to be. My dream became fully visualized and imaged in my mind. … I knew what I wanted to do.”

Since then, Whitehead has made his mark in a number of different ways.

He has been the recipient of numerous state, national and international awards and prizes including The All Kentucky Poetry Prize, The Yeats Club of Oxford’s Prize for Poetry and more.

He was also nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature by Dr. John Rocco, professor at State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College, in 2006 and was appointed to serve as Kentucky’s Beat Poet Laureate for the years 2019-2021 by the National Beat Poetry Foundation.

As an editor and publisher, Whitehead has done works for people such as President Jimmy Carter, Hunter S. Thompson, Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Bono, Allen Ginsberg, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many more and has produced over 2,000 historic arts events, festivals, and 24-48-72 and 90-hour non-stop music and poetry Insomniacathons, throughout the United States and Europe.

He’s even dove into teaching college students, but through more nontraditional means.

“I wanted to teach college in a genuine way; not a by-the-book way,” he said. “I wanted to help students find their own voices as people and as writers.”

And now his journey is on display in the documentary “Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead,” which details Whitehead’s life and the people he’s met along and collaborated with along the way such as Thompson, Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, the Dalai Lama and Owensboro native Johnny Depp.

Initially set to play at film festivals in 2020 before the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the hour and 44-minute film was created by filmmakers Nick Storm and Clayton L. Luce who condensed over hundreds of hours of footage over the course of 10 years.

“Nick said he’s got enough material to make another film or two to go with this one,” Whitehead said.

While the film dives into celebrating his career growth and collaborations, it also hones in on Whitehead’s personal struggles.

Even when the idea for the film came about, Whitehead said he was at a “real low point.”

“I’ve been through a couple of divorces, broken relationships and my dad passed away which pulled the emotional rug out from under me unexpectedly,” he said. “For the first time, I was at a place where I was overwhelmed by grief and I couldn’t get a handle on it.”

The film also sees Whitehead’s journey with sobriety, where he said during that time he was “drinking too much” while taking medication and trying to navigate through the grief.

The move to show that side of Whitehead was intentional.

“I told Nick (that) I don’t want this to be just a bunch of people praising Ron Whitehead,” he said. “I want this to show the pain, and the struggle, and the strife and the turmoil as well.”

Eventually, Whitehead was able to achieve sobriety thanks to his wife, fellow artist Jinn Bug, and some words from his doctor.

“My doctor said, ‘Ron, if you don’t quit drinking — your liver’s shot — you will die by the end of the year,” he said, “and Jinn said after we came back from a trip to Iceland … and (she) finally got to a point where she said, ‘Look, this is far as I can go.’

“ … There’s nothing against the other women I’ve been with, but I wanted our relationship to work and I wanted to live.”

Whitehead said watching the journey on screen can be painful for him at times, but that it all serves a purpose to those who watch.

“It’s a film about redemption and it is a true Kentucky folktale; and this country is based (on) folktales,” he said. “I hope (people) take two things away from it: the hope — there’s not enough hope in the world — and I hope that they take away the inspiration to become their own original creative voice no matter what field of endeavor they work in (or) going in.

“If they don’t have a dream already (that) they find a dream, build a bridge from where they are to where they want to be and live that dream because … every day is a holiday since I started living and being my dream …. There’s nothing like it.”

“Outlaw Poet: The Legend of Ron Whitehead” will be screened at the 10th and final GonzoFest Louisville, a literary and music festival honoring Thompson, which begins Friday, July 14. It is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

For more information, visit outlawpoetmovie.com or gonzofestlouisville.com .

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Lucky for you, we’ve got the answer… writing!

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What is Creative Writing?

Creative writing is a free-form style of writing based on the author's imagination, thoughts, and feelings. The style may be prose, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, songs, essays, or several others. Creative writing is original and expressive of the author’s self.

While there are many types of creative writing options for adults, there are a few that children, especially, can excel in as they learn and grow. The depth and complexity should correlate to the child’s age, ability, and preference.

Types of Creative Writing for Children

How to Develop Good Creative Writing Habits

Routine and practice.

To develop and grow any good habit , you must plan a routine, work it into a regular schedule, and practice daily. Your children also need to learn this skill. It will carry over into all aspects of their lives as they learn and grow. When they mature, routines, schedules, and practicing will structure their personal lives and professional careers, making them the envy of all.

Reading and writing go together like two peas in a pod or like Mickey and Minnie or Shakespeare and Marlowe. You get the idea. Reading books serves as an example of how stories flow and communicate, but they also help develop good creative writing skills. The more a child reads, the better their writing will become, and their reading and comprehension will improve.

You probably didn’t expect nutrition to come into play with creative writing, but alas, it has. Healthy food helps a child’s brain function at the top of its game. Without it, a child will feel sluggish and unmotivated. Make sure your child has the healthy fuel they need to perform like a rock star.

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Additional ideas to spark your child’s creative writing engine:

Every child is a creative writer. They may only know how to write in their heads, but they have the gift. This list of nine benefits of creative writing to help your children will demonstrate how the benefits develop and improve your children's lives. The objective is to help you understand how to help your children make the most of this wonderful asset and grow it into something lifelong and marvelous.

1. Language Development and Linguistic Competence

Creative writing strengthens language arts skills and improves children’s grades in all areas of coursework. It helps them understand and develop good grammar habits, sentence structure, vocabulary, and dialogue.

Linguistically, children learn to communicate and comprehend language, dialects, and idioms. They may not even realize what they are doing, but the result of learning complex communication tools will be evident in their writing, reading, speaking, and interactions. These tools will help children not only in their school performance but also in their creative development.

2. Enhancement of Imagination and Creativity

Children have excellent imaginations and creativity, but they often don’t know how to harness it and develop it to get the most from it. Creative writing provides the vehicle and the fuel to let their creativity and imagination soar. It will also help your children learn language, organization, structure, form, and voice to help them in all areas of their lives.

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Our childlike addiction to imagination wanes into the past as we grow older. The harsh day-to-day realities of our lives dominate our thinking, and our vision diminishes. With creative writing, it won’t fade. In fact, it becomes honed and perfected like a skilled blacksmith shoes a horse. If your children learn early how to make creative writing part of their lives, it will never leave them, even as they gallop off into the sunset.

3. Emotional Intelligence and Empathy Development

Creative writing enhances a child’s emotional intelligence and empathy development through practice and experimentation in writing. Not only will a child channel their thoughts and emotions into their writing, but they will also connect emotionally and empathically with their characters. This skill will be an enormous help to a child throughout their school years, personal life, college, and future career challenges.

4. Self-Confidence Builder

One of the primary benefits of creative writing for children is boosting self-confidence. Every time they practice, they improve. As they improve, they develop positive self-confidence. If they continue to practice creative writing throughout their school years, their writing skills will be spectacular by the time they prepare for college.

Creative writing provides a safe, supportive environment for a child to express their thoughts and feelings. As the child experiments with writing, they will eventually discover their voice and tone. The exuberant reward for this discovery is a strong and positive self-confidence.

5. Problem-Solving and Research Skills Development

Although creative writing is the self-expression of thoughts and ideas, it requires a narrative and structure. You need to know what you are talking about, which means you will need to do some problem-solving and research to make your creative writing authoritative and meaningful.

For children, this is one of the best ways to hone these skills. These children will be incredible thought leaders. As they develop creative writing routines and habits, they will excel in all areas of their life where they need to do problem-solving and research.

When a child writes creatively, their imagination sparks neurons in their brain to figure out narratives, plots, subplots, solutions, and character backgrounds and development, identity, and motives. Tackling these problems boosts brain activity, development, and growth . Story analysis and research skills will follow as the child yearns to learn more about making their stories better.

6. Therapeutic and Healing Benefits

Creative writing serves as a therapeutic treatment for those battling diseases, difficult emotions, or mental health issues. Scientific studies show that creative writing also helps physical healing through an increased antibody response in the body.

Creative writing helps children effectively and therapeutically process difficult emotions, stress, trauma, fear, and anxiety. A survey by the National Literacy Trust in the UK found that children who engage in literacy are “three times more likely to have higher levels of mental wellbeing” than those who don’t, by a margin of 39.4% to 11.8%.

As far as physical health, creative writing is associated with an increase in CD4+ lymphocyte counts , which are vital to immune system functions. This means that creative writing aids in chronic pain management, reduction in mood swings that produce an imbalance in brain chemical release, and hormonal processes. Yes. Creative writing indeed provides healing benefits for the physical body.

7. Self-Expression Builder

Self-expression is the foundational element of creative writing and helps children funnel their feelings, emotions, thoughts, ideas, and opinions into a written form that validates their identity. Self-expression is vital for good mental health and development. It teaches children how to release their thoughts in a positive, creative way that matters.

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Creative writing allows a child to express themselves without judgment. This provides for the exploration and discovery of their unique identity, which is key to self-confidence and success.

8. Communication Builder

Because creative writing teaches children how to organize thoughts and structure them for presentation in writing, it also improves their overall communication skills. While they may not be writing it down in their heads, they remember the habits they learned from creative writing. It will even help them be better persuasive communicators because of their creative writing skills.

Being adults, we all understand that communication is the foundation of any relationship, personal, social, or work-related. When communication is cloudy or confusing, our relationships suffer. When our communication is clear, we thrive. Effective communication is one of the benefits of creative writing that your children will reap from learning how to do it well.

9. Interpersonal Connection Builder

One of the least considered benefits of creative writing for children is that it enhances their peer relationships. Creative writing serves as an interpersonal connection builder because it opens endless avenues for increasing social interaction, discussion, exchange of ideas, cultural learning, empathy, and trust.

As a child advances in creative writing, language skills, vocabulary, and communication skills, their interpersonal relationships vastly improve. Everyone loves a clear communicator and one who can persuade others on various topics. It’s kind of like how kids choose the best ballplayer to be on their team. They want the best. To be the best, you need practice and resources.

Resources for Creative Writing for Children

The benefits of creative writing to help your children far outweigh any burden or investment you need to make to see it through. Children who learn to write creatively and practice often rise to the top of their class in all areas. Children who suffer from trauma, illness, or mental health complexes have not only stopped the progression of their problems but also have reversed adverse effects.

The lifelong good habits your children develop from creative writing will follow them for the remainder of their lives. Creative writing is one of the best gifts you will ever give them. You never know how far your child might rise with their creative writing skills.

Final Thoughts on Benefits of Creative Writing to Help Your Children

With words, humankind has started wars and signed peace treaties. We have issued manifestos, signed pardons, written laws, and authored works that have changed the world, for worse and for good.

Your child may just be the one who brings peace to the planet and comforts the brokenhearted. Teaching children creative writing skills is the secret to opening doors of opportunity for the entire world.

Please visit our site at Develop Good Habits . Also, check out 13 Growth Mindset Videos for Kids to Watch on YouTube . Your children hold the keys to the future for us all.

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Rain Story is an author and screenwriter. She is an alumna of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Kentucky. She earned two B.A.s and four years of graduate studies in literature, languages, and creative writing before personal tragedies pulled her away from her graduate work. She is also a Donaghey Scholar and fellow of the William G. Cooper, Jr. Honors Program in English.

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The best ways to celebrate international women’s day.

When I was expecting my daughter, I hoped she would come a few days early and arrive on March 8: International Women’s Day. It felt fitting; since becoming a proud feminist and activist for female equality and representation in college, I’ve always celebrated IWD with my friends. My girl didn’t choose March 8 as her birthday—but I’m still looking forward to many years of teaching her all of the extraordinary feats she can achieve. And maybe more importantly: how vital it is to build a community of women around her, from friends and mentors to, hopefully, her own mother. 

If you would like to create a tradition around this all-important day where we honor the ladies who have come before us and use our time or resources to pave the road for all those to come, consider creating a ritual around IWD.

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“No matter how or with whom you choose to celebrate International Women’s Day, the important thing is to be intentional about recognizing those women in your life who have been instrumental in teaching, guiding and supporting your journey; and about knowing the role you play in their journeys,” says Kelly Snider , a best-selling author, story curator and event expert. “No matter how we celebrate, every time we gather, it’s an opportunity to honor those people and relationships that have paved our way forward.”

Here are some ideas from event planners on creative ways to celebrate International Women’s Day:

With your best friend

When you envision your bestie, you probably feel all fuzzy inside. Our pals—and particularly, our best friend—provide a safe haven to be our authentic selves. Or as Snider puts it, the greatest part of the best friend relationship is they know, accept and love us, even at our worst. Consider IWD as an opportunity to do something special to celebrate that relationship by demonstrating just how important they are. “Take your best friend to do something they love: visit a museum or art gallery, attend a concert, or even take a scenic hike,” Snider suggests. “Show your best friend that you know them and let them know just how important your relationship is. Tell her what you appreciate. Make it about her.”

Does your best friend live in a different ZIP code? Or, worse yet, an opposite time zone? Consider a small act of kindness across the miles, instead, suggests lifestyle expert Chantelle Hartman Malarkey . Send flowers with a handwritten note or, perhaps, even affirmation cards to remind them of how impressive and remarkable they are.

With a big group of friends

Block off March 8 on the calendar, because you’re throwing a dinner party. One of the most meaningful ways to celebrate women is to gather your closest ones together for an intimate evening of connection, discussion—and wine if you’d like, says Grace Chow, a senior product at 1540 Productions . And don’t worry if you’re not exactly a chef; she says the experience could range from cooking at home, dining out at a favorite restaurant, or something more experiential like a wine maker’s dinner. “Either way, curating a menu that you know your friends will love, with bonus points for featuring dishes from some of the many amazing female chefs past and present, is a festive and considerate way to honor the day,” she explains.

With your mother

If you have a close relationship with your mom, consider IWD an opportunity to thank her. “There is nobody who has poured more of their time, energy, experience and affection into us than our mother,” Snider says. She recommends treating her to a meal at her favorite restaurant or even making her feel like royalty with a high tea experience.Whatever makes your mom the happiest or feel the most alive, take extra time to give back to her and dazzle her with a day of gratitude and quality time.

With your children

Malarkey says having her children learn about our history as a whole is important because it exemplifies how far we have come. “Women have shown so much bravery in history and do so daily. Women stand up for themselves and fight for their rights so that our kids, and their kids, can have a better life and so on,” she says. 

Use IWD as an educational opportunity and dedicate time to trying out the following ideas:

Make a family tree of the women in your family

“Go as far back as you can go and speak about their time period and something they experienced,” Malarkey says. “It’s a great opportunity to have your kids weigh in on what they have experienced while sharing what you and other family members have experienced. Such a great learning opportunity for your kids and a time to celebrate women in the family. This also allows them to be involved and share their experiences.”

Make an heirloom recipe 

Snider suggests choosing a favorite family recipe and making it together with your children. “As you mix the ingredients and bake ‘Grandma’s Famous Shortbread’ together, share some of your memories of grandma, her achievements, and what she taught you. If you’re able, include grandma in the activity, creating memories that will last longer than that shortbread will,” she says.

Give empowering books 

For older kids who like to read, giving books as gifts can be a meaningful way to teach them about female activism. “Introducing children to empowering books that feature strong female characters is a great way to inspire the next generation of leaders while also being a fun and approachable activity for children,” recommends Virginia Frischkorn, an award-winning event planner and founder and CEO of Partytrick . She says you can read the books outdoors or have a picnic together to make the event even more exciting.

At your workplace

To celebrate International Women’s Day at your workplace, consider organizing an in-person or virtual panel hosted by a group of women sharing their experiences, knowledge, and advice as a way to inspire change, Frischkorn recommends. “And although International Women’s Day celebrations are targeted towards women, involving men in conversations can help to amplify the impact further,” she adds.

If you are in a leadership position, Snider says you can also use IWD to recognize the big and small successes of females within the company. “Sure, the company leaders are often celebrated, as are meeting revenue targets or landing the next big client, but what about everyone else? Honor years of service, dedication to a specific project or client, developing new skills or earning new certifications, even implementing a ‘green’ office recycling program,” she says. “The possibilities are endless.”


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