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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.

Poetry Prompt

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Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a story poem.

7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters

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A Thief in the Market

A Thief in the Market

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Auguries and Alchemy Pamona Sparrow

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Roselle Lim: On Resting in the Writing Process

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How To Write and Research a Local History Book

How To Write and Research a Local History Book

Let award-winning writer Jennifer Boresz Engelking help you uncover local mysteries and put the puzzle pieces together when writing and researching a local history book.

From Script

Vulnerability as an Asset (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series “Keep Breathing” creators Martin Gero and Brendan Gall, and BounceTV’s “Johnson” creator and star Deji LaRay.

Michael J. Seidlinger: On Asking Questions in Horror

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Author Michael J. Seidlinger discusses the writing process of his new literary horror novel, Anybody Home?

10 Tips for Building a Realistic and Vibrant Fictional World

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World-building of any kind can seem like a daunting task. Here, author Nalini Singh shares 10 tips for building a realistic and vibrant fictional world.