Creative writing: stretching your imaginative powers
Most children make up stories when they are young but as real life begins to take over, these creative powers are often left to dwindle.
While some people continue writing and making up stories throughout their lives, others tend to stop when they reach a certain age. However, there are many benefits associated with creative writing and it’s a hobby that’s well worth re-exploring as an adult.
Put your imagination to work by finding out how it feels to make up stories, write poetry, pen your memoirs or simply experiment on the page.
The benefits of creative writing
We’re inundated with puzzles, computer games and quizzes that are designed to boost our brain power and help us stay sharp as we age, but thinking up a creative narrative is an old fashioned but superb way to exercise your mind. Neuro Net explains that there are many complex brain activities involved with creative writing – and that’s not even including the skills needed to turn your ideas into a handwritten or typed page. By spending a short amount of time dreaming up a plot or character, you could be giving your brain just the work out it needs.
Not only is writing a brilliant way to get your creative juices flowing, it’s also very useful in helping you make connections between different thoughts. This can ultimately help you out in many areas of your life, such as problem solving or developing a strong sense of empathy. It can also help make you a better communicator and boost your meditative powers. For some further insight into the ways regular writing can enhance your life, turn to Life Hacker.
How to write creatively
One of the best things about creative writing is the fact that there are no rules. You could write yourself a story or jot down a few of your favourite memories. Alternatively, you might want to try your hand at poetry or get into the swing of things by writing about a historical event. No matter what type of writing you decide to try, it’s worth trying to get into a routine to feel the full benefits. Set aside a small amount of time to be creative each day, whether it’s with your morning coffee or in the time you’re sitting quietly after lunch. You may be surprised by how much you can get done in a small amount of time, simply by giving yourself the opportunity to focus.
Local classes are perfect for offering inspiration, encouragement and a deadline to work towards. Most universities and many local libraries or community centres offer writing classes but you can also enjoy learning from home, if that suits you better. You’ll find a valuable and structured variety of courses from Open University. Websites such as Writing Classes also offer a good way to get motivated, thanks to their encouraging and useful prompts and advice. If you’d prefer to got it alone, you might be better served by spending some time familiarising yourself with Daily Writing Tips.
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