Creative Writing Advice, Exercises, and Examples
Books on creativity. Books on creative writing. Books on creating a creativily written book on creative writing.
Creativity is Everything
Obviously, creativity is a large part of writing and art. It’s also an important part of business, engineering, invention, design and more. It’s the conception that allows societies to progress. Creativity is everything for some people, while others let it die... but why? Artist and writer Hugh MacLeod writes in his book Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity that “everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.’" Whatever it takes, get your crayons back.
I was at work yesterday when one of my younger co-workers was trying to pawn off her homework for a creative writing class. Work was slow and I had some time, I decided to help. I selected the following prompt: Suppose you find a stray key one-day. explain where it came from, what it does, whom it belonged to etc. (1 page). I never took any creative writing classes in college, but wish I had. Over the subsequent hour, in between some actual work, I managed to scribble out the following on some notebook paper. Warning: I am aware that I do need practice in the writing department, but who cares. It may have been a waste of time, but at least it kept the right side of my brain warm for a bit. Enjoy.
An End to Boring Weekends
It was Friday afternoon as I walked home from another boring day at school, completely apathetic about the homework that would soon consume my boring weekend, once again. I bent down to tie my shoe, my 20 pound backpack fell to the ground. Perfect. As I reached down to pick it up, I noticed a stray key on the ground. My initial thought was to forget it, leave it…but I didn’t. I picked it up. It was still warm from having spent it’s entire day lying on the hot concrete. It’s teeth were barely visible, worn down, and caked in mud. I put it in my pocket and headed home. On the way, I couldn’t stop thinking about the key. Where did it come from? Who was it’s lawful owner? What was it used for? I arrived home, emptied my pockets out onto my desk, and procrastinated on the couch for the rest of the afternoon.
Attempting to sleep that night was futile. I was tired from doing nothing all day, but I couldn’t stop thinking about that stupid key. A friend had once told me something about a key that town mayor's held, like a universal key to every door in the city or some shit. Maybe this was it? Maybe it was a key to another dimension where the trees are made of cotton candy and cars are made of cherry-flavored Jello. Maybe it opened up a grand, ski-in/ski-out castle somewhere high in the French Alps. Or maybe it was just a stupid key. Whatever it's origins, my imagination was turning this key into much more than the dirty paperweight on my desk as it currently was. I closed my eyes, and eventually, fell asleep.
The next morning I awoke after a night of strange and eerily life-like dreams. I dreamt that the key I had found had the ability to open every door in my city. I had a blast with it. I spent hours at the mall, running around like a kid in a candy store, literally. I stuffed my pockets from the mall’s candy shop and set off on a sugar-fueled rampage. Next stop was the music shop. I slid the key into the door lock, turned, pushed, and was immediately excited by the smell of brass guitar strings and fresh drum heads. I plugged into the biggest amplifier and wailed on the finest guitar, filling the mall with my talented guitar skills, or rather lack thereof. I was overwhelmed by the key’s capabilities! Time to move on. I headed into the department store and picked out the most expensive digs I could find. Next, I hit the food court to take advantage of the all-you-can-drink Slurpee's that this holy key had kindly blessed me with. I didn’t dare touch the left over food, besides, I was too hopped up on Sour Patch Kids to be hungry. I visited a few more of my favorite shops...I woke up.
Of course trying to fall back asleep and continue the dream was impossible. I crawled out of bed and glanced over to my desk, the key was missing. Confused, I shrugged it off and shuffled to the bathroom to take a piss. I looked in the mirror and noticed how fresh I looked that morning, and wearing all new clothes? Tags still attached. Now I was really confused. Where did these come from? I returned to my room and sat on my bed to think it over. There, in the corner, was a pile of stuff: guitar, stacks of CDs, books, clothes and more. I reached in my candy-filled pocket and pulled out the key. It was still warm like it had been the day prior. Was this really a dream? I turned on the TV for some Saturday morning cartoons but instead got the news, “Local mall burglarized last night. Police currently have no suspects. Police have reason to believe it was an inside job as there was no sign of forced entry…” I would no longer have a boring weekend.
For advice, ideas, examples and prompts on creative writing, visit these links below:
- 6 Creative Writing Exercises
Creative writing can be considered any writing that is an original composition. But it is more commonly considered to be any writing, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, that is not...
- Writing Prompts: Creative Writing Ideas
There are days when ideas seem to flow from everywhere. The mind is flooded with overwhelming passion and enthusiasm to express all these things on a blank paper or on a computer screen. But then...
- About Creative Writing -- Creative Writing Advice
Find creative writing advice for beginning and experienced writers, including articles on craft, novel writing, writing contest information, and writing exercises and prompts.
- creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers
Creative Writing Prompts collection of writing prompts and story starters for writers. Come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories with the help of these creative writing ideas.
More by this Author
Teaching english as a foreign language is challenging, yet rewarding career path. To avoid some of these challenges, here are 10 common problems that teachers face in the classroom, and their possible solutions.
How could you ever be bored in Orange County, California? Use the links with this list of 100 things to do in Orange County, California and you are guaranteed to find something to entertain you.
As a waiter or waitress, fulfilling customer expectations is often easier said than done. Follow this 10-step guide and you will end your next shift with less stress and full pockets.