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Creative Writing for Beginners

creative_writing_main2Creative writing is a great way to expend some creative energy, explore emotions, invent new worlds and characters, as well as brush up on your writing skills. Writing creatively is something you can do with very little time, or with extended periods of time, and you don’t need much to get you started. It is a great hobby that anyone can do, alone or within a group. Who knows – you might even become a famous writer one day!

Choose a Genre
Creative writing can take on many forms. When you start to write creatively, you should choose a genre to focus on. These might include poetry, short stories, novels, creative non-fiction, memoirs, or a hybrid of two or more of them. It’s a good idea to test out a few genres before you pick one, but focusing on one can help you hone your craft and improve over time. It’s the same with any other activity; practice makes one perfect. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin by trying too many things.

Any writer will tell you that the best way to improve your writing is to read. You should read both within your genre and outside it. This will not only give you ideas for different styles to test out, but also ideas for what to write about. All writing is part of a conversation, and you need to find what voice and topic you can add to it. In that way, it’s okay to use snippets of other writing for inspiration, and it’s okay to respond directly to another piece of writing. Professional writers do that all the time.  Read more »

Creative Writing Prompts

creative-writing-promptsOnce upon a time…

It was a dark and stormy night…

The shrill scream cut through the stillness of the night like a knife…

You know these beginnings by heart if you are a reader. No two ways about that. Well, as clichéd as they are, they are still the most commonly used prompts for creative writing in schools even today. Initiators into the world of writing, if you will. And the best thing about writing happens to be the fact that it is a skill that can be inculcated and honed. Anybody (literally) can be a writer – no matter what the dialect, what the language, what the subject. All you need are a few ideas to begin with, the courage to let your imagination go where you won’t dare in real life and a little practice. Yes, you might hate what you write in the beginning, but things will get better gradually. So, have a go at the prompts provided below and cook up the supposedly absurd just for fun. Read more »