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Finding Creative Writing Ideas

Where Do You Get Your Creative Writing Ideas?

As a writer one of the most common questions you’ll hear is “where do you get your ideas?” Non-writers think that writers have some magical power or that ideas for writing a story just come to them from out of nowhere. And maybe that does happen for some lucky writers, but for most of us finding good writing ideas is hard work.

Writing Prompts Can Help

Whether you search for ideas for writing by delving into your memories or emotions or by honing your powers of observation, by people watching, or by jotting down things at you notice or overhear in a journal, there’s one thing that’s certain—generating writing ideas takes practice. Writing prompts and exercises are often good ways to kick start your writing muse.

I have a few books that I like to recommend including Jack Heffron’s The Writer’s Idea Book, a classic book filled with writing prompts and exercises, and The Writer’s Book of Matches, a book that some of my colleagues and I wrote filled with 1001 writing prompts. This list could go on and on, but the point is that often times an exercise or prompt can help you change your routine or think about things in different ways and that can spark new ideas.

If you're looking for writing prompt ideas, an excerpt from Don Fry’s excellent book Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You offers 15 inventive ways to help you generate good writing ideas. Read the excerpt “Generating Ideas for Your Writing” here.

How to Write Through Grief and Find Creativity

How to Write Through Grief and Find Creativity

When author Diana Giovinazzo found herself caught in the storm of grief, doing what she loved felt insurmountable. Here, she shares how she worked through her grief to find her creativity again.

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WD Presents: Our Brand-New Digital Guide, 6 WDU Courses, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce our new “Get Published in 2022” digital guide, six new WDU courses, and more!

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

5 Tips for Keeping Your Writing Rolling

The occasional bump in the writing process is normal, but it can be difficult to work through. Here, author Genevieve Essig shares five ways to keep your writing rolling.

From Script

How to Write from a Place of Truth and Desire and Bending the Rules in Screenwriting (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with screenwriter Steven Knight (Spencer), Mike Mills (C'mon C'mon), and David Mitchell (Matrix Resurrection). Plus, how to utilize your vulnerability in your writing and different perspectives on screenwriting structure.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Forgetting To Read

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so this series helps identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's mistake is forgetting to read.

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page

Sharing even a fraction of our feelings with our characters will help our stories feel more authentic. Here, Kris Spisak explains how to tap into our memories to tell emotional truths on the page.

Poetic Forms

Trinet: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the trinet, a seven-line form based on word count.

Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Tammye Huf: On Real Love That Sparked Inspiration

Debut novelist Tammye Huf discusses how her own familial love story inspired her historical fiction novel, A More Perfect Union.

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards!