How to Generate Creative Writing Ideas
Part of the Creative Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Writer’s block affects all writers from time to time. If you feel a bit stuck for inspiration, try these techniques to get your creative juices flowing.
Find a postcard, photograph or painting depicting two or more people and write a story about them.
Look at any object and write about it – where does it come from, who does it belong to, who might want it?
Read the newspaper for unusual and interesting stories and develop them as 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.