Whether you’ve always struggled a little with creative writing or are finding yourself stuck in a writers’ block epidemic, we’ve got some tips for you!
1. It’s all about the angle! Usually you are provided with a stimulus when asked to compose a creative writing piece, whether it’s a picture, quote or even some comic strip. I think we can all agree the stimulus can sometimes be…odd, or rather hard to relate and transform it into a narrative. So, before you drive down your motivation, take a few of minutes to try and interpret the stimulus through different angles. Perhaps, try to view the stimulus through the lenses of different peoples’ point of view, or perhaps divert your focus on another, smaller (yet prominent) part of the stimulus!
2. Just put the pen to paper already Don’t fret if you can’t come up with the best plot in existence…Afterall, you are only a student. Teachers understand that and won’t expect you to compose a piece to that of the standard of a professional writer. So, relieve yourself from this burden, and don’t let it stop you experimenting with that idea running around in your head!
3. Characters Yes, it is indeed a straining and difficult task to cultivate a refined plot with the stimulus or topic provided. But as mentioned above, this shouldn’t prevent you from writing that narrative. In fact, it is just as important to put that attention to developing your story’s character(s)! Your characters should be engaging to the reader, and can often satisfy that ‘engaging’ aspect of the criteria where your plot is a little deficient.
Here are some ways you can develop your character(s):
embody them with a strong personality
make them relatable (to the reader or people generally)
convey their emotions, thoughts and/or dilemmas throughout the story
employ dialogues – make them converse with other characters
contrast your main character with another character or other characters – e.g. conflicting views or values or traits (this will add dimension to your character)
4. Practice! As with all things, the more you practice the better you will get at it. Take some time out every once a while to let loose your creative side and compose a piece! You’ve got nothing to lose and it’s always amusing coming back to your old stories after a few months or years and reading them. If that’s not enough to sell you the idea of it, it’s definitely a rewarding feeling after seeing first-hand your improvement over the months or years by comparing your pieces! Below, are some prompts to get you practising!
Prompts Quotes: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” No Man is an Island, John Donne.
It is only through mutuality; we can feel we belong…