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A technique to help you come up with ideas.

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So whilst in my Writer’s Workshop lesson, an author came in to speak to us and gave me this lovely technique, which has helped me since write a short story and also a poem!

First of all you shut your eyes. Imagine yourself led down. Where are you led? What’s the weather like? Take notice of your surroundings. Each time someone does this, they imagine themselves somewhere completely different. I imagined myself in a dark field at night, whereas my friend imagined herself led on a beach.

After taking notice of your surroundings (Eyes still shut) turn your head to the left, there is a shadow approaching. Wait for it to get closer. What or whom is it? When they reach you, what do they want? Again I imagined my cat who had died years back approaching me, whereas my friend imagined a boy.

From this I managed to get a short story about going to a field to visit my dead cat every night, because I couldn’t let her go. I asked my friend to do this technique and wrote a poem from her experience.

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12 writer’s tips!

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1. Open up your mind – work for enjoyment, not obligation.
2. Be enthusiastic and have passion for your subject matter.
3. Always write things down, as soon as you think of them. Don’t assume you’ll remember it later.
4. Write bad and allow yourself to fail. This could become your first draft to a successful piece of writing.
5. Be messy. Use colour and paints etc to get you into a creative mood.
6. Keep a notebook next to your bed and pay attention to your dreams.
7. Read books about other authors to find out how they find creativity.
8. Listen to music. Listen to the words, feelings and also take notice of what imagery you see.
9. Learn a new technique such as a different genre or writing style – for all you know, you could be really good at it!
10. Get new gear, such as pens and notebooks that you really want to use!
11. Play the ‘what if’ game.
12. Look at old ideas, because if they weren’t good, then you wouldn’t remember them.