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Creative Writing: Tips and Techniques to Improve your Storytelling Skills

Creative writing is about developing the ability to tell stories, create characters, create moods, and use your potential and imagination to develop a unique landscape. 

These exercises below will be helpful to anyone who wants to grow writing skills. But it will also be in handy for people who are already experienced in writing – a book writer, college paper writer, or copywriter. Doing this training can further develop your existing talent.

Table of contents:

  1. Describing a picture
  2. Automatic writing
  3. A box of emotions
  4. Constellation of words
  5. Dialogue with your characters
  6. Set several pages per day
  7. List your surroundings

Conclusion

  1. Describing a picture

Try to describe the scene you see in the picture— what is happening or what has led to it happening, what to expect. Or there is another way –   you don’t have to focus so much on the action, and you can search for the emotion it produces in you. The exciting thing, in any case, is that you can develop and exploit the ideas that you associate with that photograph or painting.

  1. Automatic writing

A very typical exercise of the French literary avant-garde of the 20th century. The unconscious profoundly influenced these authors, so they tried to find ways to free it and break the shackles of consciousness. One of them was automatic writing. You have to place yourself in front of a blank sheet of paper and start writing faster and faster as you empty your mind. Stop thinking about absolutely nothing, and transcribe the flow of words that pass through your head. There will come the point when you are no longer in control of what you are writing. Or, at least, not consciously. And it will be right there when you are surprised by the tremendous potential that was hidden inside you and that now emerges.

  1. A box of emotions

It’s not all about unleashing your hidden creativity. It is also important to exercise yourself somewhat technically, and the box of emotions is the perfect exercise for this. You need a series of papers on which positive and negative emotions are written. Then you pull out papers assigning that emotion to a character or situation. And the next step is to describe a situation that could lead to this emotion. It has a random component that will force you to develop new strategies for characters’ acting. But, in addition, it is an excellent help to go deeper into the characters’ psychology, to try to understand their inner workings and the mechanics that drive them. In this way, you can develop more human prose.

  1. Constellation of words

If you want to write, it is essential to have an extensive and well-applied vocabulary. How can you generate this? With this exercise. Suppose that the setting for one of your stories is a museum. You write that word in the center of a sheet of paper and, from there, draw branches with associated words. For example – “sculpture”, “art”, or “painting”. And with each of them, you do the same. This way, you can work your imagination to understand all the spaces in each scenario. At the same time, you exercise your vocabulary and take care to learn more. With a more concrete mind map and with this extra word resource, you will be able to make more precise descriptions.

  1. Dialogue with your characters

This creatively stimulates another facet of the writer, his or her ability to develop solid characters. Your main and secondary characters must have their entity if you want to write fiction. That one can imagine them and understand them. To do this, you have to be the first to understand what happens to them and what they are looking for. How can you do this? Very easy, create a dialogue with them. This way, you will be able to see what blanks exist. You may not have managed to define their personalities well yet, or you may even discover new things about them that may have some value for your story. It also helps you define what kind of expressions they use and how they speak.

  1. Set several pages per day

A common mistake is writing only when you think you have something to say or feel like it. But if you want to improve and become more fluent, you need to do it every day. Even when you’re out of ideas, inspiration can also be forced and practiced. How can you do it? Simple. Buy a notebook and set yourself several pages to fill in every day, regardless of whether you can or can’t think of something. This way, you will build one of the most important things you have to count on: the habit. Everyday writing also can improve your brain capacity and memory.

  1. Environment enumerations

Imagine a scenario: city or countryside. Or even non-existent, whatever it is. And start making a list of everything you see and everything you can hear or feel—the more exhaustive, the better. The main challenge you’re going to have is that you can’t physically be in the spaces you’re going to create, as they are imaginary. Therefore, to make up for that, the best thing to do is always to make a complex and exhaustive mental map.

Conclusion:

These are just some of the things you may need, among many others. That’s why there are so many courses that teach you how you can make a career out of writing creatively. After all, it’s something you can learn, and a more qualified and experienced professional can explain it to you.

In conclusion, creative writing does not depend exclusively on innate talent. You can also practice it by regularly doing these exercises that we leave you here. So that you can see your skills develop and improve a little more every day.

Ajay Deep

Ajay Deep is the brain behind Coworking Mag. He founded this website to help startups and aspiring entrepreneurs find a coworking space in their city. He is a successful entrepreneur who started and scaled a bunch of startups – all from shared office spaces. He has visited hundreds of coworking spaces in different countries and is now an investor in this evergrowing idea of developing new coworking spaces. You may reach Ajay Deep at hello@coworkingmag.com
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