When creative writing is observed from the outside, it is much like looking at an artist such as DaVinci or Picasso. It takes a special person to be able to write creatively. Not just anyone can do it. Many try, and many fail. I want to share with you a piece I wrote some time ago that would fall into the category of creative writing. I wrote this as a Hub at Hubpages.com. You can find me there under Froggy213. You can also find my lovely writing wife under the name of Lastheart. I moved this fictional piece to our website. I have had many good comments on it. It was a creative night when I wrote it. You can find that short story at the following link:
Here are some tips, tricks, and general ideas about creative writing. I hope they help you.
Develop in your mind an idea. You do not necessarily have to come up with the whole story, but get an idea. Ideas can come from real life situations, pictures, dreams, really anywhere. Notes are a good thing. write your idea down and then move to:
Your title is of utmost importance. It should be catchy. If a reader is not interested by the title odds are, they will not read the story. Personally, I believe in shorter titles, but that is just my preference. Some writers have had success with very long titles too.
Your first order of business should be listing all characters in your notes. Write their traits in your notes so you will have them handy as you write your story. Develop in your mind a plot. Where do you want to go with your story? The first paragraph of your story needs to be very attractive. It must grab the reader with an intense strangle, forcing them to “have to” read the rest of the story. Remember to hold the same point of view throughout the story. Will it be 1st person (I), 2nd person (You), or 3rd person (He, She, or It)? The start of the story should create “hook” which will allow you to “fish” the reader throughout the story. Let us now move on to the rest.
Your story should have conflict and action. Have dialogue between characters when called for and lead the readers down a path that will get their minds away from what your true ending is.
Yes, you should have an ending figured out by now. You need to know what your end will be. By having an end, you can use subtle tactics so that the readers will not figure out the end.
You slowly or quickly (your choice) build the story to a dramatic ending. There needs to be drama. There needs to be crisis leading to a climax.
The end needs to be unexpected. The reader should be saying, “Why didn’t I figure that out?”
Practice makes perfect. Read your story as if you didn’t write it. Use empathy. Let your friends or family read it and ask for honesty.
Creative writing is not easy, but it is very satisfying when you write a story that grabs people.
We have three books that I consider creative writing. I know you will enjoy reading any of them. You can find them here:
There are several websites that can also give you some great information on creative writing. Here are some links:
Need some creative writing prompts? Try this link:
Lastly, I wanted to put some great examples of creative writing for your reading pleasure. All of these are located at Goodreads.com.
I hope this all helps you. If you have any questions or comments please ask.
Now get creative!
© G.L. Boudonck