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5 Unique Creative Writing Exercises for Amazing Ideas

You've got tea on your desk and a word document open on your computer. You take a sip of your tea for inspiration but find that you're having trouble writing. Ideas flowed out from your fingertips yesterday, but the words won't come out today. Luckily there's plenty of methods to help boost your creativity and inspiration. Here's five different writing exercises to motivate yourself during the writing process.

How Freewriting Encourages and Expands Creativity

If you write often, you'll know that there's times when you won't feel inspired by the muses to put words down onto the page. You might try writing a few sentences but find you're still stuck on the same scene as yesterday. Luckily, there's a writing method that can help you boost creativity and productivity: freewriting. Here's how freewriting can expand your imagination and encourage your inner creativity.

Top Tips for Writing Headlines or Naming Your Book

Congratulations on finishing your book or blog post! Give yourself a big pat on the back; you've now written a work you can add to your list of accomplishments. However, now that you're done writing, there's one thing left to do: come up with the perfect headline or title. This can be a challenge because it's hard to describe your work in just a few words. You also know you'll need a headline that grips attention but isn't too creatively misleading. But where do you start when it comes to writing headlines or titling your book? Here's how you can find the perfect title for what you wrote.

How to Combine Writing with Critical Thinking Skills

When a reader finishes what you wrote, you'll want them to walk away with your core message. That means your writing needs to be concise and clear to whoever chooses to read your work. However, how do you ensure that what you put down on the page makes sense to others? Well, the answer is easier than you might think: critical thinking. Now you've probably heard ever since middle school that critical thinking is important, but it truly is the heart of creating thought-provoking writing. Critical thinking allows you to reason and correlate thoughts together, whether you're writing a persuasive essay, fantasy novel, or blog post.

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Doubt in the Creative Writing Process

Doubt is perhaps one of the biggest barriers between achieving our writing goals and keeping them dreams. Whenever we sit down to create, there's always that looming fear we just aren't good enough after all. All artists fear their work being rejected, criticized, ridiculed, and forgotten. ...and yet, doubt is healthy. Doubt in the creative process helps expand our creativity. If all creators went with the first idea that popped into their brain, they wouldn't experiment writing a paragraph or character differently. As writers, we should be looking to continue to imagine our characters, plot lines, scenarios, and prose in various brilliant lights. Here's how doubt contributes to the creative writing process.

Knowing and Developing a Writing Voice

Every writer wants what they've written to captivate and resonate with their readers. However, words on the page can't show emotion, so it's up to your word choice to evoke the correct feelings. Voice is one of the most critical yet difficult things for writers to develop. You could follow every grammar rule perfectly and yet the way you approach writing is completely different than someone else. That's because we all have our own thought processes and styles when it comes to presenting written information. Your voice marks who you are as a writer, which is why it's important to think about the way you structure sentences. Here's a guide for finding a writing voice.

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Unreliable Narrators: The liars, criminals, and sociopaths of fiction

A narrator tells the story of a book, but an unreliable narrator is a character who tells a story that lacks credibility. The unreliable narrator adds the concept of questioning the credibility of a main character, whether it's through what they say or how they react when new information gets presented. Writers most commonly use unreliable narrators in genres like mystery and supernatural fiction because they create suspense that keeps readers guessing until the last page.

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What Point of View Should You Write in?

When you’re looking to write a book (or any other form of writing), one of the first questions that comes to mind is what point of view works best for your piece. While there’s plenty of success for each viewpoint, there’s no surprise that there’s advantages and disadvantages of each one. Here’s a guide that will help you decide what point of view you should use for your writing.