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Arisa81
03-12-2007, 10:13 PM
Hello everyone,
I wonder if anyone has any sites or specific exercises etc. that would help one get their creative juices flowing. As a teenager I wrote stories constantly and these days I can barely come up with an idea let alone get those rare ideas down on paper.
I just want to be able to write stories and I'm willing to start slowly and at the beginning. Actually I would be prefer it.
So, if anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it. :)

J. Weiland
03-12-2007, 10:15 PM
What would you like to read? That is always a good start.

alleycat
03-12-2007, 10:17 PM
First, let me ask you what kind of reading do you like? Mainstream? Genre?

What are some of your own interests outside of writing?

alleycat
03-12-2007, 10:18 PM
What would you like to read? That is always a good start.
Great minds think alike.

Arisa81
03-12-2007, 10:24 PM
Well, I would love to write for young adults. That's where I want to start anyway, it's always been a dream.
I enjoy reading ya novels, as well as adult.
I'm not into sci-fi or fantasy or mystery. (boring or what? :tongue)
Some authors that I enjoy are VC Andrews and Nora Roberts.

Interests outside of writing: reading, genealogy, crafts.

Siddow
03-12-2007, 10:26 PM
http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-writ.php

There's a list of generators.

But what I do is keep a notebook handy, and jot down bits throughout my day. Get out and about in the world; there's stories everywhere.

Judging by your signature, you've sold 17 stories. Whadda complainin' about?

Judg
03-12-2007, 10:32 PM
I find that I often get the beginning of ideas from articles in the newspaper. Pick a basic scenario you find intriguing and throw a lot of what if, why, how questions at it.

Take a word in the dictionary, let it float around in your mind and throw questions at the results.

Throw questions at almost anything.

Participate in the Sunday night Flash Fiction challenges. Actually, you can start right now. You have 90 minutes from the time you read the prompt to post your stories. (Look in the Coffee Break section under Games, if you're interested.)

alleycat
03-12-2007, 10:34 PM
YA? Okay. Think of any number of problems a young protagonist, male or female, might have. It could be something relatively ordinary . . . falling in love, having your best friend sleep with your boyfriend, being accused of cheating when you haven't, having a friend hurt in a car wreck, losing a parent. Or it could be something way out of the ordinary . . . being stalked by a weird guy who sees you on a YA TV program, finding out your parents aren't really your parents, being visiting by the ghost of your best friend who died, finding out you have some kind of magical power, accidently running someone over with a car but not being able to find the body later, etc., etc..

Think of a protagonist; make them a 3-dimension character, not just the cardboard cutoff of a teen on TV. Give them a real personality. Put this protagonist in one of these situations, or others that you can think of. What's the protagonist goal? Why? What or who is stopping them from achieving this goal? How do they overcome it? What's the final resolution?

MidnightMuse
03-12-2007, 10:46 PM
YA? Well, I was going to suggest booze, but in that case - I think Alleycat has good ideas.

:D

Arisa81
03-12-2007, 11:33 PM
HaHa
Well, thanks everyone. And I did a search online also and the results are great. I have come up with some good stuff. I'll try to link them here when I get a good list going.
I have a brand new notebook that I can start using for ideas and any exercises I find. I just need to get writing. :)

As far as my 17 sales go, those are non-fiction. But I'm not complaining. I am learning, exploring. Attempting to accomplish a dream. :)

ccarver30
03-18-2007, 01:19 AM
I do my best writing in busy places. Restaurants and coffeehouses have given me plenty of ideas. I can't just sit at home and write!

Arisa81
03-19-2007, 03:17 AM
I get too distracted to work in busy places, hehe. But it would definitely help with ideas, I'm sure. I love to people watch from my apartment though.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 07:44 AM
I get too distracted to work in busy places, hehe. But it would definitely help with ideas, I'm sure. I love to people watch from my apartment though.

If you're easily distracted, then find a closet, or a second bedroom that has no use, or a laundry room, or something like that. Shut the door, pace around for a bit, do not open the door (unless you gotta pee or something; we're not savages) and eventually, you'll write.

Or nap. You might nap too. It's a crazy world, writing.

TsukiRyoko
03-19-2007, 07:50 AM
Start reading more. Then read more. Then, try reading.

Then write a little if you can. If you find that your writing has smoothed out, then wonderful! If it hasnt, trying reading. :D

Also, I like doing small exercises to get my juices flowing. Take a postcard or a picture or something like it, and write a few paragraphs about it. Give it a background story, describe the scene- it's not important what you write about, but so long as you're writing.

JumpingJack
03-19-2007, 02:34 PM
I sit and stare at the blank wall that my desk is propped against. That way i either have an idea or i fall asleep, both of which are good.

AllyWoof
03-19-2007, 05:55 PM
Well, I would love to write for young adults. That's where I want to start anyway, it's always been a dream.
I enjoy reading ya novels, as well as adult.
I'm not into sci-fi or fantasy or mystery. (boring or what? :tongue)
Some authors that I enjoy are VC Andrews and Nora Roberts.

Interests outside of writing: reading, genealogy, crafts. Get out of here! I want to do that too! I would also like to add I have begun using my personal myspace page to network with other published and unpublished writers within this genre. Fee; free to contact me. We can compare notes lol!

Oh! As far as your question goes, why not try the what if? method. My story "Missy Who?", which can be found on the SYW forum was inspired by actual events. The name within the story is her real name. I have a whole series based around that. I'll have to rewrite the rest of them to make them publishable, but I took my real-life childhood experiences and interests. It's under the childrens section, please check it out and see if it inspires your own creative juices.

Jamesaritchie
03-19-2007, 06:09 PM
Decide where you're going to write, and decide when you're going to write. Then show up at this time and place each and every day, come hell or high water. If you want help from the muse, she has to know where and when to find you.

Do tis, and it won't be long before writing becomes a habit, and it won't be long before creativity kicks in automatically when you sit down at that time and that place.

AllyWoof
03-19-2007, 06:14 PM
If you want help from the muse, she has to know where and when to find you.


What is a muse?

J. Weiland
03-19-2007, 06:27 PM
What is a muse?

Artistic inspiration.

AllyWoof
03-19-2007, 06:29 PM
I read ur "muse" could locate you anywhere.

wordmonkey
03-19-2007, 06:45 PM
I do a crossword puzzle before I start.

Nothing to do with anything I'm working on, but it gets the synapses firing.

I look on it as a mental stretch and warm-up session before the real heavy lifting starts.

Jamesaritchie
03-19-2007, 08:05 PM
What is a muse?

What is a Muse? Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muse

But, really, a muse is no more and no less that whatever it is that makes you start writing well each time you sit down to write.

Nothing does this better than being in the same place at the same time each day. Writing becomes a habit, and creativity shows up when you sit down because of this habit.

Lots of wannabe writer try lots of things to find "inspiration," but BIC, and plenty of it, is the only thing that really works.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 08:30 PM
I never put a terrible amount of faith in my muse. I assume that it's mostly going to get in the way of the actual day-to-day writing stuff. If I could keep it under house arrest, I would.

AllyWoof
03-19-2007, 08:39 PM
I never put a terrible amount of faith in my muse. I assume that it's mostly going to get in the way of the actual day-to-day writing stuff. If I could keep it under house arrest, I would. I agree. Unless I intend to stay up all hours of night and day.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 08:43 PM
That can be fun to do too, if you have tea available on the other side.

AllyWoof
03-19-2007, 09:01 PM
If I do it too often, we'd have issues.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 09:04 PM
To wander back toward the topic....on particularly distracted days, I'll go with my laptop into my office (which is decorated coat closet) and shut the door and not leave until I've done my writing.

I don't usually have to do that. Many times, I just sit out here on the family computer and write there...but some days, I'm more distracted than others and I need that door shut, I need that focus. It gets my creative juices flowing, because it's me saying "I am here. I am writing. That is what is happening."

It adds a bit of importance to the process, which makes me sit down and get on with it.

Jamesaritchie
03-19-2007, 10:52 PM
I never put a terrible amount of faith in my muse. I assume that it's mostly going to get in the way of the actual day-to-day writing stuff. If I could keep it under house arrest, I would.

I don't really believe in a muse, but I know the human mind works by habit, and once a habit is formed, any habit, it's tough to break it. There are bad habits, of course, but there are also good habits, and forming the habit of working at the same time and same place is a very good habit.

"Inspiration" is a word that should be banned from every writer's vocabulary. It's a procrastination word. Train the mind to start working each and every day at the same time and place, and it will work each and every day at the same time and place.

PeeDee
03-19-2007, 10:56 PM
I do think too much credence is placed in inspiration, just like too much faith is put in getting all ideas down on paper the moment they occur.

Arisa81
03-19-2007, 11:38 PM
I have no problem writing in general.
I just used to write stories all the time and in the past few years I haven't been able to.
But I've started these random creative writing exercises, which are really getting me thinking again. I've gotten a few new story ideas even. It's all good.

I am horrid at crossword puzzles, but I love sudoku. I even bought a book of them the other day. I have a crossword puzzle book too, which I open once a month or so :tongue

Thanks everyone, your ideas have been great.

scarletpeaches
03-19-2007, 11:43 PM
"Inspiration" is a word that should be banned from every writer's vocabulary. It's a procrastination word. Train the mind to start working each and every day at the same time and place, and it will work each and every day at the same time and place.

"The muse" tends to show up when you sit at your writing desk. But you have to get your BIC first, I find. She'll be there.