Being a creative writer sounds exciting, but the amount of work that you have to put in, might be surprising. There are writers who can come up with new stories and concepts in seconds. Then there are the rest of us who need to work at it a little harder. With that being said, there are some exercises you can do to improve your creative writing and storytelling. Here are 7 ways you can improve your writing skills.
1. Write a letter to an old friend
I would suggest that you do this in perspective writing, but writing a story to an old pal could be a good exercise. In this letter, you can reflect on some of the great and not so great memories you have of your friendship. This is also a great way to write in a relaxed manner. It might seem easy, but it actually takes you back in time.
2. Rewrite your favourite story
This could be a story you heard as a child, or something you read recently. The idea behind this is to test your brain a bit. You will need to think in details about what happened in the story. It’s a great test for your memory and how well you absorb information.
3. First experiences
Write about your first kiss, first breakup or first day at college. These memories are forever engraved in our minds. Write about the emotions you felt, your expectations and the reality of how it went down. This is not a perspective paper but rather a relaxed way of writing.
4. Write an advert
Think about your favorite food, gadget or clothing item. Choose one and write an advertisement about the product. You would be surprised at how challenging this is.
5. Be someone else
Well, you cannot exactly be someone else, but you can pretend to be. If you could be anyone, who would it be and how would you act? This takes you away from your reality and places you in a different environment.
6. Academic writing
Perhaps one of the most challenging exercise you can do is to write an academic paper. If you don’t know how to write a capstone paper this is a great time to learn something new. It can be about anything you want, but make sure you practice your research skills.
7. Place you’d like to visit
Even if you cannot go to your dream destination, you can always use your imagination. Think about a place you wish you could be in right now and write about your experience. How excited were you when you first arrived? Was it everything you hoped it to be? What is the first thing you noticed about the place? You get the just of it.
These exercises are not only fun, but they are sure to boost your creativity. Sometimes it just a matter of starting to write, even if you are not in the mood.