Creative Writing Introduction – Session 1 – Page 6

Writing Task: How to Generate Creative Writing Ideas

We’ve got 2 tasks to get you going this time around. Nothing too heavy though so please don’t panic!

Firstly, we’d love to you write a little bit about who you are. You know, the kind of thing that’s on the back cover of a book to tell people about the author. So please write just 50 words or thereabouts that tells us in a nutshell who you are.

Secondly, let’s be clear right from the start that writer’s block affects all writers from time to time.  There’s nothing worse than just staring at a blank sheet of paper or screen with no idea where to start!  If you feel a bit stuck for inspiration, here are some techniques to get your creative juices flowing.  For this task, please choose at least one of them (more if you wish) and have a go at writing something before the next session.  It doesn’t have to be anything long and it can be in any style or genre you like. If you’re stuck – give us a shout.

  • Find a postcard, photograph or painting depicting two or more people and write a story or poem about them. 
  • Look at any object and write about it – where does it come from, who does it belong to, who might want it?
  • Write about what you had for lunch, developing a story around the items you had to eat and where they came from. (Disclaimer – I did this for a retake of my English GCSE – and I passed!)
  • Read the newspaper for unusual and interesting stories and develop them as a work of fiction.
  • Listen to conversations on the bus, in a café or at the supermarket.  Jot them down and carry them on, seeing where they lead you.
  • Pick up a book you really like and open it at a random page. Pick a sentence you like and write it down, and then carry on writing your own story.
  • Pick an emotion and create a story around it. Pick another and carry on writing. Make the characters move from the first emotion to the second.

When you’ve written your 50 word self profile and at least one of the topics from the list about, please send it to communitycoach@tamfourhilltro.co.uk so the team can take a look. We know it can feel scary to send your work to someone else but please do not panic. We are not here to judge but simply to guide you to be the best writer that you can be.   We’re also here to answer any questions or deal with any thoughts, suggestions or concerns you may have so do get in touch at any time by email or 07444 873151.

Have fun writing and beginning to find your style.  We’ll see you for Session Two.