Creative Writing

Here are two opportunities for those who enjoy creative writing.

Flash Fiction is a great discipline and not as easy as it appears.

This is a new competition to me, open to those over 65 years of age.

Why not have a go?

One of the most difficult things about wanting to write is getting started. Faced with a blank note book or a blank document is daunting if you haven’t quite hatched an idea.

Here are a few ideas that may help.

  • Get a notebook which will just be for your writing. By using a book rather than file paper you will be able to keep everything together.
  • Aim to write something every day – even if it is just a list. This will help you to include writing regularly. It doesn’t matter how much or how little.
  • Don’t worry if you aren’t good at spelling or grammar. That can be worked on. Writing electronically can help here, but be careful with autocorrect!
  • Never feel pressured to share your writing but sometimes it can be very helpful to let someone look at your work, someone who will be constructive and supportive.

A Helping Hand

Below are a few exercises to stimulate some ideas to get you writing

Exercise 1

Create a character.

  • Male or female, other?
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Height
  • Eye colour
  • Weight
  • Distinguishing features
  • Favourite colour
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Interests / hobbies
  • Skills
  • Name
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Where does the character live?
  • What kind of home does he/she have?

As you develop your character, let your mind wander and start to visualise this character in a life.

If you haven’t come up with an idea for story for your character, try this:

Write a letter to this character pleading with them to reverse a decision they have taken. Add as many details as you wish.

Repeat exercise 1

Aim to create a contrasting character.

When you have done this, create a conversation between these two characters