Creative writing is a great way to express yourself and to work through your thoughts and feelings. It can also be a lot of fun! If you want to start a creative writing practice, here are some tips to help you get started.
- Choose a time of day that works best for you and make sure you won't be disturbed
- Find a quiet place where you can focus on your writing
- Begin by writing for five or ten minutes, then gradually increase the amount of time as you get more comfortable
- Write about whatever comes to mind – there's no need to censor yourself
- Experiment with different genres, styles, and forms of writing
- Take breaks when needed, but try not to let yourself get too distracted
The rest of this article will provide some action steps you can take and prompts to help you get your creative juices flowing and start your creative writing practice.
Kicking off Your Creative Writing Practice
Many people find that starting a creative writing practice is a helpful way to process their thoughts and feelings. It can be a fun and enjoyable activity, and it can also help you to express yourself in a unique and personal way. If you're interested in starting a creative writing practice, there are a few things you can do to get things kicked off. First, find a quiet place where you can focus on your writing. Then, set some time aside each day or week to devote to your writing. You may also want to find a writing prompt or topic to help spark your creativity. Lastly, don't worry about perfecting your work; just let your thoughts flow freely onto the page. With a little effort, you'll be surprised at what you can create!
We are changing it up and doing some creative writing practice prompts on #LegacyChat…
Legacy chat was a weekly chat dedicated to helping you write your personal story in a simple & engaging way. It was hosted on Twitter and Facebook for a time. These days you can search the blog with “Legaychat” and find all of the prompts that way. Additionally, check out the 52 Weeks of Storytelling Video Series to continue telling your story.
Listen in to “A Creative Writing Conversation”
Listen in to “A Creative Writing Conversation”, a Five Minute Storytelling podcast episode about how to start a creative writing practice using the Legacy Storytelling Method.
Here are the creative writing practice prompts
As any writer knows, coming up with ideas for new stories can be difficult. Likewise, it can be hard to find the time and motivation to sit down and actually write. That's where writing prompts come in. By giving yourself a specific topic or scenario to write about, you can jump-start the creative process and overcome writer's block. Whether you're looking for ideas for a new novel, short story, or poem, these prompts will help you get your creative juices flowing. So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and paper, and let your imagination run wild.
|Q1||You are walking down a hallway approaching a door that is slightly ajar. You hear lots of voices and slowly push open the door then everyone falls silent. Who is in the room?|
|Q2||What were they talking about before you opened the door? Could you make out what they were saying?|
|Q3||Where are you? Where is the room?|
|Q4||What year and what time of year is it?|
|Q5||Why were you walking to the room? What were you hoping would happen?|
|Q6||How did it make you feel when they all fell silent as soon as you entered?|
|Q7||What happened after they saw you and were silent?|
|Q8||How did that make you feel?|
|Q9||What was the atmosphere in the room like?|
|Q10||What happens next?|
|Q11||What do you want people to remember about this story?|
Feel free to answer the questions and post your answers on twitter using #legacychat, post them in the comments, or just keep them to yourself!
Looking for that thing to help you keep your storytellers engaged and talking? For the writer's in your care, this journal will keep them talking for a good long while. Encourage them (if they can) to reach out via phone or video to family members and share the memories they write about.
This journal was designed for storytellers in their sunset years who are ready to write about and share their memories. Simple to use and elegant enough to keep around to remind you of them long after they are gone.