How to Generate Creative Writing Ideas - dummies

How to Generate Creative Writing Ideas

By Maggie Hamand

Part of 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.