January is the time for clean starts, new writing journals and starting fresh endeavours. But what to write?
This month’s blog is all about creative ways to get creative with your writing. Here you’ll find ten tip-top techniques you can use as a springboard to channel the story ideas that are lurking inside your head.
NB - don’t forget the brain often works best under an amount of time pressure so set yourself a 10-15 minute window to try each of the techniques below.
Pick a word (like spoon for instance) at random and then plot out the series of free- flowing/stream of consciousness word associations that come with it.
Step 1 - Pick a name
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Take yourself off to a bookshop or library and immerse yourself in well-written and well-crafted picture books; there’s often nothing more inspiring than feeling like you’re in the presence of creativity.
Join an SCBWI critique group - having a regular meeting time to share ideas with critique partners can help you to spark your creativity, learn new skills, sense-check your writing and brainstorm when you are stuck.
Children often have a really refreshing way of looking at the world and can bring fresh perspectives, invent silly scenarios or give satisfying solutions to story ideas that need a bit of fleshing out or an innovative twist. Look at the world with their sense of wonder.w
Well, sort of! One of the very best ways to make sure that the basis for your idea is going to be pertinent to your readership is to find out what topics are being covered at the very earliest stages of schooling. You can use these topics as a springboard for the themes and subjects you cover in your story. You can find a comprehensive guide to the key stage 1 subjects here: http://ccea.org.uk/curriculum/key_stage_1_2
Write a list of fifty or so random nouns and adjectives mixed up in two columns. Randomly choose two and put them together to see what kind of story or character ideas they might spark. For instance: sugar book, ice alien, jigsaw king, baby giant, glass mountain, plant pirate . . .
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Try doodling it if you can!
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