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    How is creative writing potential unlocked or released?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by The Backward OX, Dec 31, 2007.

    Hey, Good People.

    This is a slightly different slant on a question I posted elsewhere.

    Tell me this.

    How does one unlock their creative writing potential?:confused:

    I’m an old, repeat old, guy, with time on my hands, looking for something with which to amuse myself.

    So I say to myself, “I know what I’ll do – I’ll write.”

    So I sit myself down at the keyboard…..and sit….and sit….and sit.

    Nothing. My mind can be, is, completely void of creative thought for hours, days, at a time.

    But other people somehow manage it. What’re they doing that I’m not?:confused:

    Cheers.
     
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    Leaka Creative Mettle

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    Well when I write I have ideas swarming through my head twenty-four seven. I write and write and write.
    Even if it doesn't make sense their will be something I like.
    If you just write and then find your voice then maybe you can become just like everybody else.

    Also haven't you read a story thats inspired you?
    Or have you just thought to yourself what if the evil villain wins in this story?
     
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    Maybe your looking to hard for an idea, or waiting for 'good' idea to come by. Don't, just write the first thing that comes to your mind, even if turns out to be ****.

    And if it's not that, try making up a character that is interesting to you, then work a story around that character, that's what I do sometimes.
     
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    If you read a good book lately which you really liked, i think you should try and write a sequel to it. Copy the author's style - you'll soon develop your own.
     
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    Thanks, everyone.
     
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    I actually find that when I am in this position I look at random images on the internet. Things that are unusual and strange.
    Another thing you can try is just to write anything down that springs to mind. Be it a few words or a sentence. It helps.
    Also draw any images that come to mind. Even if you can't draw. Or describe the images that come to mind.

    It doesn't always work but sometimes it does.
     
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    give me your address by email and i'll send you that donated 'observation deck' writing-kickstarter that was donated the other day, box [i mentioned it in that other thread of yours on 'story ideas']... us old folks gotta help each other, right?... i've been trying to figure out who would need it most, and looks like that's you, amigo...

    love and hugs, maia
    maia3maia@hotmail.com
     
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    here is a link I came across some time back now about writers block. I hope this at some stage may give you some help with your writing. :)

    Dealing With Writer's Block

    Character Development Writing Exercises - this one is more for character development but can help with getting past writing difficulties as the excersises are actually quite good to help unlock your creativity in my opinion.
     
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    Many thanks.
     
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    You are most welcome Backward OX glad I could help a little!
     
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    Keep a notepad by your bed. I tend to get ideas as I'm trying to get to sleep, or shortly after I wake up. If I didn't take notes, I'd forget them by mid-morning :)
     

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