Creative Writing ideas: How to Have Them


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Writing a narrative essay could be a stressful task especially when you don’t have any idea of what to write.

With some simple techniques, you can come to develop creative ideas for writing. Here are some remarkable techniques even professional writers use to help them produce creative ideas.

Combine Stories For Creative Writing Ideas

This technique could be exciting and even hilarious. It is called “concept combination”. It is taking an old product to help make a new product. You can create new stories with old stories. No doubt, they could be totally unrelated in theme, because you can now have a new theme.

Let’s look at an example.  Suppose you combine the story of “Tom Sawyer” and “13 Going on 30”. The new story could be about a young rebellious teenager from the 21st century who wishes for a new family, but instead finds himself living in the 18th century with a his family. The young boy has a lot of trouble adjusting to new way of life, but finds himself mature during the whole ordeal right before he returns to his normal life in the 21st century.

This exercise could get interesting when you combine the most unlikely stories together. You could certainly get very creative with this technique.

Finding Inspiration

There are many other ways that can help you develop creative writing ideas. A terrific way is by keeping a notebook of interesting conversations you had about the world around you, or you can make a list of what is important to you.

It could be a reflection of your political, social, economic, and religious ideology. You can then take anything from the list to form the theme of your story. So if you are religious, you may be compelled to write a story about persons committing the seven deadly sin and show the consequences of their actions.

You can also make a list of stories you like. They could be novels, movies, and TV shows. Choose one and think of a new introduction or even a different conclusion. You may even reinterpret the plot of the story. Your new version might just be very interesting. This techniques have proven to help many writers develop some very interesting stories. Think of the many versions of “Romeo and Juliet”, “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Cinderella”.

Inspiration for creative ideas can also come from unlikely places. You can come up with creative ideas while watching the evening news, reading the newspaper, or even browsing YouTube. They can help you develop stories that have real life issues where you can show issues from a different perspective. For instance, the story could be about a picture that circulates about a woman holding a baby in the backroom which cause bad promotion for the restaurant. You can add a little twist to the story, by writing it according to the perspective of the person who took out the picture. The story could portray the photographer as a vindictive person.

Writing can be fun if you apply yourself to it. It could be an enjoyable hobby as well, so don’t overlook the many benefits you can enjoy. You can also learn to enjoy writing if you practice writing everyday. Your story does not have to be long, it can be just three paragraphs. Soon, you will find your creativity growing daily.  So do start writing and you will find your creativity flowing.


Concept combination for creative writing. This is a graphic organizer to help you develop your plot ideas.

Notetaking is important in creative writing. Use this notetaking graphic organizer to help develop your ideas.

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