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While this is mainly a place to post creations, I would like to act as a catalyst for creation by aiding those who cannot find something (or someone) to stimulate them well enough to write.

I have taken many English courses that focused heavily on writing and I have taken a creative writing course; I saved all of my handouts and creations from these and I would like to share some of them with you, dear reader, in hopes that you will benefit.

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Feel, don't think.

Risk, not ideas.

Don't be afraid to fail.

Break the rules.

Alive, not right.

No fear, no failure.

surprise yourself.

Power and passion.

What is a mistake?

One surprise is worth 1,000 ideas.

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Keep a writing journal. It's very convenient in holding all of your ideas.

It could be a blank-paged hardcover book or it could be a composition notebook - maybe even just pages twist-tied together in the hole punches.
I recommend choosing or creating something that you are comfortable with and something that characterizes or embodies you or your writing. With this, it holds more value to you and creates more interest in using it.

Write in it every day. even if you don't know what you want to write about, just move the pen across the pages. your mind will eventually go somewhere. Keep the habit.

Choose a time of day in which you write best. experiment with what times of day you write best; everyone is different and everyone is influenced by the movement of the moon and sun differently. (I personally write best right before I go to bed, because I dream very vividly and draw from my experiences in my dreams.)

Use different techniques and approches to writing when doing entries - this will serve to introduce you to new and interesting things and improve your skill by exposing you to different habits of writing. Perhaps you will find something you like more than what you currently do now!

Some suggestions:

  • listing
  • clusetering
  • brainstorming
  • free association
  • focused free writing

Change approaches and techniques according to the material with which you are working.

Last edited 10/09/06(Mon)16:33.

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Here are some ideas for when you are having trouble starting.

  • Fill a complete page of the journal without stopping - stream of consciousness writing.
  • Write a letter to a legendary or literary character (RELATED! - write one to madotsuki. What would you say to her if you could?)
  • Make a big bag of words; draw five and incorporate them into a poem or story.
  • Make a pile of note cards with topics on them; select one at random and write on that topic for ten minutes.
  • Describe your ideal reader for your works - then write a letter to them.
  • Write about the unseen, yet heavy, baggage you carry around (guilt, memories, pain - you get the idea, i am sure. CRAWWLING IIIN MY SKIIIIN)
  • Open your family album (if you have one) and locate some old pictures of distant relatives. tell their stories.
  • Take photos/images off of the internet and explain the events that led up to and/or followed the photo/image.
  • Write about the worst vacation you have ever had.
  • Tell an event from your life, but tell it in third person and change the sex of the character.
  • Write about an object - any object around your writing area.
  • Respond to today's news. use a story as the basis for a ballad or narrative poem in any style.
  • Write about the biggest challenge you now face.
  • Dream diary time! (Do you have a recurring dream?)
  • Write what you think and feel about writing.
  • Choose a title from a newspaper article and, without reading the article, write a story for that title.
  • Respond to a book, movie, or piece of music.
  • Recall an object that used to be important but has now disappeared or become unimportant.
  • Copy a poem or quotation; react to it or respond by refuting it.
  • Catalogue everything that is right (wrong?) about you.
  • Analyze your most negative characteristic; praise your most positive one.
  • Describe your favorite (or imaginary) room.
  • Write down your greatest accomplishment(s) over the last year/semester.
  • Take a few minutes to write out a creative solution (list many possible solutions) to a problem you currently face.
  • Speculate on where you'll be and what you will be doing next year, five years from now, and ten years from now (this is also a great self-help technique for real perspective).
  • Describe an article of clothing you once loved/hated.
  • Describe the taste of your most hated/loved childhood foods.
  • Tape/paste a picture and use that as a starting point.
  • Fantasize on a perfect trip that you will take some day.
  • React to something new that you learned in your day/recently.
  • Have an imaginary conversation with someone famous or dead.
  • Create an ideal/Utopian world; name it and describe the daily life.
  • Take a quotation from somewhere and respond to it.
  • Compile a list of character names and another of traits to use later in your stories. (this is the first few pages of my writing journal.)
  • Make a page of your favorite quotations (I love doing this.)
  • Write down what you overhear people say.
  • Translate (or pretend to translate) a work that is writing in a language you do not know.
  • Create an imaginary food/animal/flower/etc. by merging two: banana beans, weeping zinnias, etc.
  • Relate a story, then retell the story from another person's point of view. Add a third point of view.
  • Write an entry in your journal that uses all five senses about any topic or memory.
  • Write about a place you know well - and return to it in your mind. Describe it.
  • Write about a time you betrayed yourself; put it in third person.
  • Write about a time you were in some way rejected: situation, feelings, reactions of self and others.
  • Describe the feeling you had one time when you were extremely jealous of someone else.
  • Make a list of all the things that make you angry; choose one and use it as the basis of a poem or story.
  • Think of something that caused you grief. Describe the situation(s). What images come to mind?
  • Try some Zen meditation and write down your thoughts afterward.
  • Write about a new experience.

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You want to write, but you do not have material about which to write. Perhaps, even, you have an idea, but are missing an element to complete the idea.

  • Search the internet for "dice writing games;" play them or make your own.
  • use the last line of a story or poem and use it to create your own story that closes with that line.
  • use titles of books to create plot summaries.

Last lines:

  • "It could have been worse," was what they said. "It could be much worse." (Doris Lessing)
  • "I don't suppose," said the man, "that we'll ever be coming here any more." (Kurt Vonnegut)
  • I closed my eyes and I pondered my next move. (Amy Tan)
  • It was worse than being murdered in their beds. (William Trevor)
  • And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun. (Sylvia Plath)
  • The great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago. (Melville)
  • And it was amazing the feeling of power that gave him. (Isaac Asimov)
  • He lay down full length on the damp grass, crushing his face into it, no longer crying, silenced by a terrible sence of his insignificance. (Anita Desai)
  • He drove west in the dark knowing that the seat next to him was empty.
  • He closed his eyes again and waited for the coroner.
  • She walked up the steps, one by one, crying to herself all the way.
  • Lightning struck, but if it had hit him he would have never known.
  • "Happiest day in my life," she said.
  • That moment, as [name] said later, was like reading the telephone book one more time.
  • They sat waiting by it for the rest of the long, cold night.
  • Then he shut the cage door, stood back, and waited.
  • He walked forward, tearing off his clothes as he went.


  • The Broken Taillight
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms
  • A Black Tie Affair
  • The Holy Knight of Boston
  • To Love But Once
  • Dark Corners of the Mind
  • Melange of Scents
  • The Purple Dog
  • The Fallen Leaf
  • Silent Whispers of Wind
  • Sunrise Mountain
  • The Wrath of the Tarnished Scepter
  • Empty Pages
  • The Long Ride Home
  • Intentions to Escape
  • The Frozen Well
  • Escaping Myself
  • Bleak Presence
  • Thunderous Apparition
  • The Mourning Son
  • Waiting Without Hope
  • Expiration of an Echo
  • Branches of Shade
  • Glass and Brass Daydreams
  • Against Broad Arms
  • The Last Gift
  • The Waiting Room
  • Seasonal Slumber
  • The Inferior Bow
  • Passive Restraints
  • The Last Train to Albuquerque

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Popping in to say thanks for taking the time to post this. :D In total, this will be very helpful I think. I know I'll be trying out a few of these little tidbits of help, myself.

One thing I want to resonate on is definitely the journal keeping aspect. I started keeping a journal on hand a year or so ago and I find that it helps a lot in cementing ideas and overall aiding the creative process.

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Thank you.

It is the 1 year anniversary of my writing journal and I just filled the last page. They last a while!
They are also great conversation starters. wink wink nudge nudge

If you go out and get one, I really do stress putting some effort in choosing what you want wisely. my writing journal was originally a book of shadows, 15$ black hardcover with a gold ankh on the front. I do not regret using it for this purpose at all. My next writing journal will probably be leather-bound or hardcover again. I will take a while to shop for it (but not too long! can't wait on writing down the ideas).

If you use any of the tips for ideas and post them here, please post links to them in this thread also. I would like to see what I helped start... (:

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where do you guys search for buying your journals?

I know a friend that got hers handmade, wood covering, leather spine. beautiful handiwork - it was simple yet held sincerity and sentimentality.

if I find some good places on the 'net, I will post them here also.

Last edited 10/09/07(Tue)16:36.

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I might do a writing journal. But I'd probably do a personal private blog type or something since computers are closer to me that a book or something. I wouldn't take the time to write something out.

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That's perfectly fine, as long as you're writing somewhere.

You could get a private Lj, or something, yeah.

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