creative writing techniques

Creative Writing Techniques

Writers of all levels and abilities and of literature from all genres and backgrounds rely on using creative writing techniques at some point or another throughout the writing of any piece of work, be it a book, short story or poem etc.

Whilst the best writers will undoubtedly have incredible imaginations and a clear way of setting out stories and plots that occur within their work they all need to have a certain amount of inspiration to help them either get started or to think through a particular part of their creation and this is where creative writing techniques are really important.

This website is all about creative writing techniques and ways of getting inspiration for your writing... whatever form that appears and you will find a constantly growing archive of articles and snippets which will help to give your story writing a boost when you need it the most.

Before you start your novel or short story it's important to establish exactly who is telling the story.

Is it past or present tense?

Is there a narrator relaying the story to the reader or will the story be written in third person style?

As you can see there are many options for even the most basic part of the structure before we even get in to the body or the writing work itself.

Will there be a main character and if so who will it be?

Could you describe that person now in clear detail?

Everything from the shape of their face to their accent and sound of their voice right down to the lines running along the side of their mouth etc... you get the picture. You need to be able to see the person yourself in your minds eye and then describe the person to others so your readers can also clearly picture that person.

So here we have another creative writing technique...

Get yourself a pen and paper or turn your PC on and spend some time clearly describing everything you can about this person. This will be your very own cheat sheet to use whenever you need to think of different ways of describing your character. If there will be more than one character then you should do this for them all and keep your notes in a file where you can get to them easily.

Flashbacks where the reader is taken on a journey back in time to recap events that may have a bearing on the story and foreshadowing which is when the writer hints about what may happen in the future are both further examples of creative writing techniques that can be used to spark new ideas or to carry along with story in hand.

Description is another example of a way of using words to trigger the creative mind.

If you are ever at a sticking point in your story or tale and in need of a bit of inspiration, then why not take yourself out of your script and take the time to fully describe the events you have in your mind.

Use whatever words and details you like, just brainstorm and get them down on to paper. Once you've done this, walk away and leave it for a while. When you come back to writing your story and you revisit your description, you'll almost certainly have a new perspective to keep the creative juices flowing.

Writing an overview is another good example of ways to get your mind ticking over. Whilst it might not fit in with the romantic idea of creatively writing stories, poems and other works because of its more formal and regimented approach, but almost every successful writer will do this to some extent if not completely. It's a bit like building a house. Get the foundations right from which to build upon and the rest will follow along nicely.

Of course another idea you can use is to check out other people's work, look out for the creative writing techniques they use to bring life to their stories etc. Read how they open in to a descriptive part of text, see how it flows from the story to the details and then back again and then use these techniques for yourself.

Try to gather information about your craft from wherever you see it. Articles, newspapers, magazines, children’s stories, poetry, advertisements etc... the use of words in their many and varied surroundings and practice regularly and you will become a great writer too.

creative writing techniques

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