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How to paint a picture with creative writing.

Updated on July 5, 2014
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Carol graduated from Indian Hills C.C. with an AAS in H.I.T and an AA in Arts & Science. A Social Media Booster for Wine Diamonds Film.

Ways to get the creative juices flowing.

Is creative writing your yearning? Do you have writers block? Here are some ways you can stimulate the brain waves in order to move the pen on the paper or the fingers dancing on the keyboard.

1. Write down as many nouns that come to mind in a three minute time frame. Give yourself three more minutes to write down several verbs and then adjectives in the same way.

(A). With these words build sentences. Use the words to move your story along.

(B). Or pick out one sentence from a few of these words and then build a story after or around the sentence you chose.

2. Look through pictures you may have around the house, pick one that stands out to you and write about the picture. This could be a family picture or a photo from a magazine.

3. Write in rhythmic grace.

(A). Try your hand at writing a story with only monosyllable words.

(a). Give yourself five minutes to write as many monosyllable words that come to mind.

(b). Pick ten words from your list.

(c). Use these words to build a story.


(Note: Every time I tried to line this up correctly, Hubpage, reformatted this section.)


How & Why I started Writing.

I believe I was in elementary school when I began to have the desire to write. I wasn’t much for reading because I tended to fall asleep before I finished the books. I loved the stories that drew me in and kept my interest but I still battled with staying awake. Some of the books I managed to read, I found myself thinking, I can write a story like this.

Later in years, after reading a history book to my son, he said, “Mom, when you read this, it sounds like a real story.” I chuckled to myself and said, “Yes, they are all real stories. It’s just not as boring if we read them like stories and would help if they were written more like stories."

I enjoy entertaining others and I also relish the idea of helping others witness a side of something they may not have given thought otherwise. My goal is to hear that wow in their voice when they comment. If I write something sad, I want to hear in their tone that I made them cry. If I write something funny, I want to hear the joyful laughter in their response. If I accomplish painting a picture with my words and are able to draw my reader in and leave them wanting more, than I know I accomplished something I set out to do.

"Painting a Picture with my words," is being able to write a scene by showing the readers so they can see the scene verses telling them. Hints: "Show not tell."

Montezuma Iowa: Holds Writing Contest

Iowa Writers Workshop
Iowa Writers Workshop | Source

Writers gather for support, fun and audience.

One weekend out of one month, Marion County Writer's Workshop has a Camp Write.
One weekend out of one month, Marion County Writer's Workshop has a Camp Write. | Source

Writers Workshops

The Annual Iowa Summer Writing Festival is one of the best places to go to workshop your writing. This is a place you can receive wonderful feedback on your work. I say wonderful because this is from people that read, write and may give you positive or negative feedback. In order to succeed in this business; a person needs both the positive and negative comments. I have attended some of these workshops and have walked away inspired with more ideas and never received the same information as the years before. They have a large variety of workshops to choose from. One night out of each week there is a place in Iowa City, which the people attending the workshops can go for an “Open Mic Night, where writers can grab a glass of wine & read some of their work, in an old house converted into a book store.

The Marion County Writers Workshop in Knoxville, Iowa, is a wonderful workshop that I have had the privilege of being a member of over the past five years. This workshop meets most Thursdays each month and has been growing stronger each year. Mike Van Natta, started this workshop several years before I started attending. We have over thirty members, most of the time twelve to fourteen show up and sometimes we may only have two or three. Each Thursday, everyone attending, walks away with more insight than they had when they walked in the door. Twelve of the members are in the middle of finishing their first collaborated novel. We have at least five published novelist and several more published authors. Check them out on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/groups/59152323893/

Annual "Camp Write"

Tell Us Your Scary Story: October Camp-out with Writers.
Tell Us Your Scary Story: October Camp-out with Writers. | Source

Virginia Woolf verses "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf"

There is a Biography about Virginia Woolf. Despite her mental illness, she became a famous novelist and essayist. Virginia Woolf didn't write, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Learn more about the theory between this novelist and the story behind this play/movie, written by may have come about in the following link: http://www.shmoop.com/afraid-of-virginia-woolf/title.html

Actress, Elizabeth Taylor, portrayed Martha, the female lead role in the movie; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Click on this following link to discover who the writers of this play/movie were; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who%27s_Afraid_of_Virginia_Woolf%3F_(film)


"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf | Source

Iowa Writers Growing Strong

Annual Montezuma Iowa Writers Workshop
Annual Montezuma Iowa Writers Workshop | Source

Cast your vote, along with others

The following link is a place where you can vote for your ten top "favorite all time authors," among a list of the already voted 100 best. http://www.thebest100lists.com/best100authors/

Our Stories Are Our Babies.

Some fear workshops because of criticism. I have noticed most people feel the same way when it comes to sharing their work, whether it comes from art or writing. They treat their masterpieces as though it's their baby and they want to protect it from critics or someone else stilling their work and then profiting. This is when the thick skin must appear, remembering criticism is nothing more than an opinion, and everyone has one, some good and some not so. It is the artist or the writer that must realize they can take the suggestion or leave it but they must step away and help the creation grow; by listening to these comments and then evaluate, experiment, and allow the work to prosper.

Some develop anxiety with the thought of going to a workshop by themselves because they don’t know anyone. Grab a friend for moral support and take them with you.

Others may allow the thoughts of I can’t creep into their minds; I can’t write, I can’t spell, my grammar is horrific. If one can keep in mind that no one is perfect, they will travel far in life.

As someone once told me and others at our workshop; there is no bad writing because we have rewriting. We start with thoughts and then move to rewrite, rewrite again and again if we need too. If you find yourself in a workshop not compatible to your needs, don’t give up, look for another.


Memoirs Versus Autobiographies Versus Biographies

Memoirs versus Autobiographies versus Biographies

These two are often questioned; is this a memoir or an autobiography? Let's dissect these two terms and the difference between autobiography and biography.

A memoir and an autobiography is written on the personal life memories by the writer and many times people interchange these two words when they speak about them. However there is a slight difference. An autobiography is also written on someone’s life.

Memoir

Memoirs are written in any order about the life of the writer and are from the author’s memories, hints memoir. Journals and diaries can help bring memories into perspective and can help recall life experiences. Memoirs are written from a more personal aspect the writer’s life. This type of writing has more emotions from the point of view of the author. Memoirs can include things that happened to a third person but the story is wrapped around how the other person affected the one writing the story.

Autobiography

Autobiographies are about the writers events during their life in consecutive order. There was a time in life when autobiographies were only written by famous people but this has changed in the past few years but only if the story draws the reader into the story and brings in exciting issues that occurred.

Biography

Biographies are based on a person’s life and written by someone other than the one the story is about. Often but not always, these stories are written by someone known as a ghost-writer.

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      Carol Clarke Reed 3 years ago from Remote

      Thank you, Johne516.

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      Johne516 3 years ago

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      Carol Clarke Reed 3 years ago from Remote

      Thank you, Lee. See you at Marion County Writers Workshop. Can't wait to hear what your next novel will be about.

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      Carol Clarke Reed 3 years ago from Remote

      Your welcome, Lee. Thank you for your nice comment.

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      Lee Collins 3 years ago

      Nice variety of ideas about writing here. Thanks, Carol.