Creative Writing

Creative writing refers to a writing style that expresses thoughts and ideas in an imaginative way. It involves creating a work of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry, going beyond the technical, professional, journalistic, and academic form of literature.

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What are the steps of the writing process?


Brainstorming is coming up with ideas of things to write about. A good way to do this is just to take a sheet of paper and jot down whatever comes to your head. You can do this in a list, or make a map, or connect things with lines and circles -- however you want to do it.


Prewriting includes anything you do before you actually begin to write. This includes coming up with basic ideas, researching information, and talking things over with friends and advisors. You can also start your outline during this stage of the writing process.

Drafting Drafting is the stage where you begin to put your ideas into sentences and paragraphs. At this stage, don't worry about spelling and punctuation - just get those thoughts down on paper. Your first draft is more like a conversation with yourself, discussing what you know and how you are going to go about telling your story.


Proofreading is analyzing each phrase, making sure that quotation marks are included where (if) needed, and that each clause has a subject and a verb, of course, checking every other single grammar rule that could possibly apply.

Peer Reviewing

Let your friends and colleagues read your paper or story. You may or may not take their advice, but you should pay attention to any grammar or spelling errors they point out. If you're writing nonfiction, make note of any places where they say they got confused, so you can explain a little better in that part. If you're writing fiction or poetry, make note of any places where they said they got bored or thought you were being "flowery" or lecturing; you can think about changing those parts to make it flow better.


Revising means thinking about your readers and changing your draft so that they will understand what you are trying to say. This is the stage where you decide whether you need more explanation or organization. Make sure that your writing is as clear and concise as you can make it, and define any terms that you need to. Be certain that you have said exactly what you mean to say, and that your logic is consistent and correct.

Editing In the final stage, check your grammar and spelling. Make certain that your manuscript is printed in the correct format, and that you have used an easy-to-read font. This is the stage where you can ask someone to read over your work and double-check for errors. One warning: don't start editing until you have finished all of the other stages. If you stop in the middle to worry about edits, you will get side-tracked and never finish the story at all.


Send your paper, article, poem, story, or book off to that publisher! See the link below to find out more about publishing.

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How do you write a book or novel?

Well, I used to have lots of pieces of advice for writers, and these days, I've whittled them down to two pieces of advice. Which are, (1) if you're going to be a writer, you have to write. (2) You have to finish things. Beyond that, I suspect all is detail, but I would add to that, that having written it and finished it, you should send it off to somewhere that might publish it, and not get discouraged if it comes back.

Neil Gaiman

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Hopefully, you already have your story idea(s) - here are some tips to help you develop these ideas.

  • Before you begin, research the market and find out how to type up a manuscript correctly - publishers will not pay attention to sloppy or poorly-typed work. Follow any guidelines given by the publisher, or in any how-to books you read.
  • Write an outline giving the details of your plot - include character names and backgrounds, major events and subplots, and important ideas
  • Decide which point of view to use - which character's voice will tell your story the best?
  • Set a goal - decide how many pages, or how many words, you want to write each day - set aside time every day to work on this
  • Brainstorm - the best way to write without getting distracted is to avoid editing it until you are finished - write whatever comes out of your mind. You will correct your mistakes later.
  • Once you have finished the story, set it aside for at least a month! This is important to let the ideas "percolate" and give you a fresher viewpoint. If you try to edit as soon as you write it, you will become so used to the material that you will miss things. Work on something else during this time - start a new book, or edit an old one, or write something different. Then, once enough time has gone by, take out your book and start editing it.
Writing is the hardest way of earning a living ... with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.

- Olin Miller

Another OpinionYou must decide whether this story will be "character-driven" or "Plot-driven" - where will the emphasis be placed, on what happens, or on the character's growth - emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.?

Type your idea into your word processing program, with all the details you have now. When you reach your writing goal for the day, stop, but do the same thing the next day, and the next, every time something occurs to you. Keep going this way until you seem to have come to an end, or the main problem is resolved. (There must be a problem, of course, or there's no story).

Explore this idea fully to make sure it is good enough to inspire and sustain you through 90-100,000 words. There's a lot of work to writing a book!

Write, write, write! Set aside a block of time that fits your schedule, and stick to it faithfully .... It's easy to find excuses not to write - successful authors don't give in to such excuses.

- Bill Pronzoni

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  • If you are a writer then you are no stranger to reading and research. Search the Internet for writing sites: groups, forums, workshops, whatever fits your individual needs. Read articles, periodicals or books about writing. I like Writer's Digest. (see Related Links), but there are numerous other magazines on the market. Research the process. Brush up on your spelling, grammar, all that good stuff you hated in school. Take a creative writing class. You can also find writing exercises in print or on the 'net. Study your favorite authors. You do have favorite authors, right? I firmly believe that a writer, especially a 'wannabe' writer' should be a voracious and omnivorous reader. A good way to start writing is keeping a journal. I have a journal for things like character sketches and profiles, bits of dialogue, names, and this sort of thing. I also have several journals full of research notes, plot ideas, 'stream-of-consciousness' rambling, writing exercises, and I even keep dream journals. Oh, something else... I've always heard a writer should write what he knows. Sometimes that just isn't feasible. Take Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy, for a few examples. I think it's more important to 'know what you write.' Do your research, know what you are talking about. A reader is only willing to suspend his disbelief so far. In other words, if you've never been to Tokyo, you are probably better off not setting your story there -- unless you do some darn good background work.
  • "Write What You Know" does not mean you should only write about things you have personally done - it means you should write about things you have researched, emotions you have felt, situations you are familiar with - you don't have to go into space to write what you know about personal interaction among a team of people stuck in a tiny ship with a long voyage ahead of them, or about how it feels to be lost in a strange place surrounded by danger.
  • Here are some further thoughts. 1) You need to build up from writing shorter pieces. Keep everything manageable. 2) You need to sharpen your observation of the world around you. Observe ... Have a booklet in which you jot down observations, thoughts and comments. 3) Plenty of reading. Occasionally, try to stand back and work out the 'nuts and bolts' of the narrative. 4) You may find a course in creative writing useful. I don't mean a degree course; there are many shorter and less expensive courses available. A postscript: Readers tend to get very worked up about factual inaccuracies - for example landmarks and other buildings being placed on the wrong side of the road. You really MUST do a lot of research into local color and the like. Bear in mind that buildings and metro lines and so on may have changed.
There is no substitute for hard work - i.e. sitting down at the computer and writing no matter what you feel like doing instead.

- Carly Phillips

  • Wow. That is a huge question. I guess the answer is... write. Planning things out helps, but all of the planning in the world doesn't get the book written. There is a lot of research involved for any novel... even an autobiography. Then, the trick is stop thinking about it and write. If you get stuck, there are so many books about writing out there, pick one up. They can help you with characterization, plot development, or whatever it is that you are stuck on. If it is just blank-mind writer's block, then start writing anything ... copy a page from the dictionary, or start typing something from the newspaper... while you are doing that, your mind will be processing the book in the background, and will usually get you back on track with the book. Some basic organization will help if you get a lot of writing done.If you are writing a story, you'll need a chronology, so you know what things happen first, and next, and later, and last. Then you can sort your writing appropriately.

All the advice above is good advice. There is no easy, short answer. But here goes:

  1. If you want to be a great writer, sit your but in a chair and write. As often as possible and as many days of the week as you can manage. Many writers have a daily goal such as writing 5 pages or 1500 words. If that works for you, do it. Writers learn best by writing, failing, writing terrible stories full of cliched stereotyped one-dimensional characters. Over time, as you follow the rest of the advice here (and other places) you will improve. Take it from me: you will improve. Keep writing and then apply everything else here.
  2. Read great fiction, especially in the genre in which you want to write. If you want to write thrillers, read bestselling thrillers; if romance, read romances, etc. By reading these books, you learn about the genre, learn how other professional writers deal with beginnings, endings, point of view, description, plot, characterization, setting, etc, etc.
  3. Study great fiction. Don't just read for pleasure. If you are blessed enough to find a book you love, that you can't put down, study that sucker to death. Study how the author deals with all the story elements mentioned above (plot, setting, characters, etc). Study how the author writes sentences. Study what the other does and what the author doesn't do (example, does the author write detailed setting descriptions, include a lot of action, etc). Study, study, study. On that note, study all great stories, even movies and TV shows. Movies and sitcoms are just stories for the screen. Listen for how to write good, snappy dialogue. Watch for "secrets" you can use in your own stories.
  4. Study the craft of writing. My office is crammed with my favorite how-to writing books. Here's a sample: Plot and Structure, by James Scott Bell, Scene and Structure by Jack M. Bickham, Techniques of the Selling Author (highly recommended), by Dwight Swain, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (highly recommended) by Donald Mass, Writing for Emotional Impact (screenwriting book, but also highly recommended) by Karl Iglesias. There are writing books that deal with every story element, so seek these (and other) books out. Read them. Study them. Apply the lessons as much as you can. Review them later, keep plugging along and, over time, you will start to improve. It takes time and patience. I know of no other way. Here's a warning: When you realize what goes into writing even the simplest of stories, you may feel completely overwhelmed at first. Keep at it and it'll get better (not necessarily easier, but more fun!)
  5. One of the best ways to learn what you know and what you don't know is to start writing stories, from beginning to end. Go back and read them a week, 2 weeks or a month later. Edit them, revise them, look for your strengths and weaknesses. Take out some of your writing books and revise again. Keep making them better and better. Submit them for publication (Writer's Market is a great resource for publication, so check it out. While your at it, check out the Writer's Digest website and sign up for their magazine. You'll be glad you did.) Keep writing stories and revising them, improving your craft.
  6. If you follow all the advice above, you should be well on your way to writing a successful, even a publishable, novel.
  7. Here are few practical techniques that can help you write even better:
  • With few (very few) exceptions, start your novel with action, somebody doing something. This grabs the reader's attention immediately and that is writing gold.
  • Start and end every scene with something that grabs attentions: dialogue, action, suspense.
  • Give out back story (stuff that happened before the story began) in small, bite-sized chunks throughout the story. Never start with back story, and avoid including back story as long as you can. The later, often the better.
  • Vary your sentence lengths and structures. This is a simple, practical point that will make your writing much, much better.
  • Your story should have a point, your characters a goal or goals to reach, even the bad guys. Give characters conflicting or opposite goals and watch the drama unfold.
  • Give your characters ample motivation to keep plugging away after their goals, even when they encounter multiple obstacles. In other words, make sure the characters can never reasonably throw up their hands and say, "I quit." If a character can walk away, consider increasing the stakes of the story (i.e., the world will end if the hero doesn't succeed, the bad guys have the hero's child, etc). Sometimes you can "trap" characters in the story by putting them on a train or boat or island, where they can't get away even if they wanted to!
  • Reveal your characters through action and dialogue, and rarely through rote description.
  • Keep raising the stakes and dangers and complications for your main characters throughout the story. Escalate the problems and pain, take away everything important to the character. Writing a novel means cruelty to fictional people. This is often more difficult than it appears! Just remember, the more cruel and sadistic you are to your characters (I'm exaggerating here for effect), the better experience for the reader. Each danger and complication should be worse than the one before right up until the climax of the novel.
  • Create three-dimensional characters by giving them histories, goals, strengths and flaws, nicknames, pet peeves, emotional baggage, secrets, hidden agendas, distinctive and unique ways of speaking, a set of values, etc.
  • Show the different sides of your characters by showing how the character acts and reacts at work, at home, on vacation, in danger, while safe, etc.
  • Put a lot of suspense into your story. Every genre of fiction writing builds upon a firm foundation of suspense. Withhold information from the reader, throw in twists and surprises, and shocking revelations. Who is that mysterious man? Why does the girl always look away and change the subject when the topic of her past comes up? What's in that little brown box? Who is the real killer? How did they do it? Why is he doing that? Get the point?
  • Include tension in every page, scene, chapter and section of your story. If people talk, let them fight and argue and...you get the point, don't you? Writing without tension is often boring.
  • Well, to write a good novel you need a good story line and good characters! You need to be able to connect with your audience through the plot or ,once again, the characters. People have to believe it, and to do that it takes a lot of emotion from you the author. Its not easy but you have to give it ago. You need to think about the audience your writing you novel for. Is it for teens, children or adults? When you have decided, you need to work out what you would want if you were them - eg. what do teens want? Love? Break up? Friendship? and then apply that to your novel, with that in mind there is nothing better than learning something from a book. I always like to learn a lesson from it. So maybe you could put in a normal situation that happens a lot and find a solution to it and write it. This way if the reader is ever stuck in the situation they will go back read it over and will know how to tackle the problem. This way you're helping a person as well as giving them a good read. When constructing characters whether or not they are human or not they need to have some human features or emotions this helps the reader to connect, which is what you want. I don't know what else to say. I myself are in the process of writing a novel and that is all I'm going by. Whether or not it will be a GOOD novel doesn't matter. As long as I can get one stranger to read it, then I will be satisfied. That's the goal you should be aiming for too if you're going to write.
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What are some weather words to describe autumn?



Wind Howling

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Creative Writing

What should you write about?

Write about whatever is interesting enough to make you want to write about it! If you try to write about what other people think is interesting, or write what you think is going to sell a lot of books, you're going to end up bored and write a dull book (if you even finish the thing at all). If you pick a topic that is interesting to you, then you will be motivated to do the research necessary to write a good book, and will want to put in the hours of writing and editing that you will need.
If you are asking about writing a shorter work, such as an essay or short story, the same idea is true - write what is interesting to you. If the teacher gives you a topic, pick some aspect of that topic that makes you curious enough to go look up some information on google.com or dogpile.com. If you are trying to choose a topic, pick one that relates to your own interests and hobbies.
The phrase "write what you know" is a good guideline. This does not mean that you cannot write anything that you have not experienced yourself - if you are interested enough to research a topic and learn all about it, then you do know that topic!

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What are some ideas for a monolog?

It depends on what kind of monologue you are going for. You first need to decide if you want to do something comedic, classical or dramatic. You can also try making something up on the spot with some of these ideas:

  • A news reporter who is first on the scene at a fire
  • A teacher addressing his/her class on the first day of school
  • An actor giving a speech at the award show
  • A professional wrestler winning the championships
  • A trip to the dentist

For actual monologues that have been used before, please refer to the related link.

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At what age can you become a published writer?

There are no specific age qualifications for becoming a creative writer. If you can complete a book, send it to a publisher and see if they'll buy it! If you are under 18, you cannot legally sign a contract, but your parents or other guardians can sign for you until then.

I meet far too many people who are going to be writers 'someday.' When they are out of high school, when they've finished college, after the wedding, when the kids are older, after I retire. [...] You will never have any more free time than you do right now. So, whether you are 12 or 70, you should sit down today and start being a writer if that is what you want to do.

--Robin Hobb

A good suggestion would be to get writing now, and try to get some of your work published in places such as:

  • School magazine (if your school has one)
  • Local newspapers
  • Online

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents and everyone is writing a book

--Cicero, circa 43 BC

More Ideas from our Wiki Contributors:
  • Always have an imaginary audience (readership) in mind, and try to see your work from the reader's point of view as well as your own. Good writing is 'reader-friendly'.
  • Good writers love to read. Don't limit yourself to one type of reading. Read all kinds of books, even ones you don't think you'll like. You might be surprised. Even if you're sure that the only thing you want to write is fantasy, for example, you still need to read many types of books - history, science fiction, poetry, biography, westerns, mythology ... The more you read, the more you will have to bring to your own writing.
  • Writers use words in the same way that an artist uses color. The more choices you have, the better the picture. Learn how to use a dictionary. If you don't know what a word means, stop and look it up. Mark Twain said:" The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
  • Start a journal if you haven't already. Write about anything and everything. What you think and feel and want to be. Make up characters. Create imaginary worlds. Really look at things and try to describe them so that someone else can see what you see. Play with words. Make up new words. There are no rules in a journal. Try on different voices. Have fun.
  • Learn to touch type. You'll be glad you did.

There's only one difference between published and unpublished writers and it is this - the first group see their work in print on the shelves of Waterstone's or Tesco or online at Amazon; the second group are yet to have physical evidence of the hours, weeks, years spent fashioning words into their patterns. You are already a writer.

--Kate Mosse

Writing a Book at a Young AgeI not only think it's possible, I think it's a wonderful way to learn! Writing can teach you patience, persistence, reasoning, discipline and more - that will benefit you all your life, even if your book never sees the light of day. Think of Anne Frank - she was 13 or 14, I believe, when she wrote her book, an acknowledged classic. Many authors in their 70s and 80s have written successful books. If you have concerns about discipline, etc. I would advise you to try a novella first. Novellas are longer than short stories but shorter than most books, about 17,000-30,000 words, or perhaps a bit more.

The most important thing is not to take this exercise too seriously. There are many things a young writer needs to learn before even thinking about publishing. View this process as an exercise, for that is what it is. You may have to write three or four of these, or ten or 12, depending on how receptive you are to advice from experienced writers, to finally arrive at one that is publishable (you may e-publish at any time, however).

Here are more opinions and answers from other contributors:

  • I wrote my first (not good enough to publish) book at the age of 12-13, and another at 14-15, also not good enough to publish. As the previous writer said, the learning you get from doing it is worth having if you will have a future as a writer. Teenagers have actually written books sold for publication. Two are called Eragon and Speak.
  • Possible, yes, but not likely. You can write a book at any age of your life, but practice makes perfect and many people don't find that their work is good enough to publish until an adult age.
  • Actually, it is likely. Eragon is a pretty good published book so is Speak. They where both written by underage individuals. Underage people can sometimes be more creative than adults. They can't be underestimated at all.
  • There was an article in a writing magazine called The Writer (August 2006 issue) about a girl who did exactly that. Check it out at the library. It should be very inspirational for you.
  • Isobelle Carmody wrote her first novel at the age of 7 (not published). Nancy Yi Fan is a published author age 13, I've read her book and it's great. I'm 13 and four chapters into my first novel, which has gone through six drafts and 80,000+ words of planning and drafting so far. - LauraFrog.
  • hey I am a twelve year old boy writing a book and I can get mine published so that means you too
  • Your age doesn't matter - if your book is well-written and interesting to people, you will be able to sell it. Look at Chris Paolini, the author of the Eragon series - he sold his first book when he was in his teens. Worry about finishing your book and editing it, and once you're done, you can think about selling!
  • I am 13 years old and 11,000 words into my first novel (That I would like to try and publish one day!), it's taken me four months to get to this stage and all my friends think I'm crazy for writing a book. But personally, I think that if every writer gave up after criticism then there would be no books in the world (which is a terrible thing).
  • You can be any age. I'm 12 and I am planning on publishing my book at the end of 2010 so you should all look for it.
  • Thanks for writing this! It gave me alot of courage because I'm also 12 and have written three books, I was just scared that they wouldn't take it seriously because of my age.
  • I am also writing a book. I just think, and fear, that they won't take me seriously, if i do find someone who will publish my book. I haven't gotten very far yet, and i was seriously afraid i would have to just give it up to someone to publish for me.
  • I have wrote a book and am working on getting it published. You need to get an agent first a literary agent. Google the process of getting a literary agent and then go step by step to get one. but you have to be patient you may not get feed back for a long time but don't worry Patience and confidence is a huge part in getting published. also you need to get used to rejection you will get 100 rejections for every acceptance. if you just send you manuscript to a publisher unsolicited they will throw it away do your research on literary agents and then work your way from there. i am also 13 and have a literary agent interested in my manuscript. try hard and you can go far.
  • I'm twelve- writing a book- hoping to get it published. I think a book written by a younger person would seel better- it would be like "Is that the book that the little person wrote? I'm gonna buy it just to see what the youth of today are thinking of.." and that sort of stuff. What's the word length that you're aiming for? I'm trying for 80000 and have done just over 16000- so about 1/5 of the way. Thank you to everyone who has helped on here- it helps to know that there are other people in the same boat, and thanks for all the advice- it helps a lot.
  • I have written a book and am now working on my trilogy. By law there is no law at all saying you have to be a certain age. If you don't want to get rejected just self publish it. You'll make more money like that and you cannot get rejected like that. There are sites for self publishes.
  • In many countries there would be no legal minimum age. If you have written a book, at whatever age, go find a publisher, see if they will publish it! Or, with modern IT, you can print it yourself and try to get local bookshops to stock it. Or publish on the internet.
  • The answer is any age. I knew a girl that was 8 when her book was published.
  • As an example, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' first book was published when she was 14.
  • You can write a book at any age. It's just difficult knowing where to start. You could start by making a mindmap of ideas. Thinking of characters, plots and places. This would help because you have a basic plan of what it's about and what's going to happen, making it easier to write the story. I attempted to write a story but I found it very difficult as I didn't plan it first. Plan your story in parts. Not too many, maybe three or four. Plan each part individually. I'm also thirteen and also attempting to write a book. It isn't going very well, I'm still at the planning stage.
  • There is no specific age at which you must be able to publish a book. However, most writers publish books when they are older than younger. This is because older writers usually have more knowledge of English (meaning better grammar and spelling usage, and having a higher level of writing) as well as more experiences to counter upon. This doesn't mean that writers at a younger age are not as good of writers as those who are older. Some young writers are born with natural writing ability and creativity and can be much better writers than someone who is much older than them! So no, there is no age limit for publishing a book. But keep in mind, getting a book published is extremely difficult and one must have a lot of imagination, diligence, and creativity to do so.
  • You can write at any age! I started writing short stories when I was around six and then at ten I wrote my first book and I'm working on another right now. It's very important to start writing at a young age. When you get older, if you wish to pursue it, your career will be very sturdy because you wrote when you were so young.
  • There are several authors who published books while they were teenagers. A lot of it is fantastic stuff.
  • There are places which offer printing on demand. So a writer of any age can use such services, even when they cannot find a traditional publisher. The way that works is that you have to have an account online. If the writer is under 13 or there are legal details required, the account can be in a parent's name. Then you would upload your material to the site, select the printing options, and if others want it, they would pay the publisher to print individual copies for them on demand. So the publisher doesn't have to put out a lot of money upfront. The commissions might not be as high, but it is good for new writers who want to break into the field. If you want advanced options or professional help like editing, then you would have to pay them to provide that. If you cannot afford editing, you could always let friends, family and teachers read some of it. If you are young, and you let an adult read it, they will likely make unsolicited corrections for you.
Creative Writing

Where do authors get story ideas?

More from our WikiReaders:

  • what I do is I take ideas from things or events around me, and I always ask myself a "What if?" question. For example, if there was a carnival happening, I would ask myself, what if there was a little boy there who couldn't ever leave? and then you would take it from there by asking yourself why he couldn't leave, how he got into that predicament, and how he could get out of it.
  • Authors get story ideas from life, family members or social networks. Each author will provide a different answer. Everyone have a different view of the world, or gather story ideas differently.
  • Family is an excellent source for story ideas. Have your family talked around a secret, no one knew what really happened? An idea is to do research to find out the facts and then write about it. A second story idea is of a certain family member's favorite word- dang. The word could become that of a fictional character. A third story idea from family is relatives re-telling what happened to a neighbor on a wintry night.
  • Networks, like Twitter, offers an author various story ideas. Look at any tweet to get a story idea. Find a tweet that would interest a large segment of the population. Spin-out an attention grabbing title. Work the story idea. Let your creative flow run free.
  • Authors get story ideas from a word remembered in child-hood,
  • news stories or anywhere/everywhere.
  • A word spoken by a friend/relative during child-hood can spark a writing idea. Let's say a grandmother used the word "gum, gum" instead of profanity, for example. One character in a story could use the words when life throws unexpected events. Or, a children's story with a toddler who uses the words to mean he/she wants chewing gum. The possibilities are only limited by your creative ability.
  • News stories are endless material for story ideas. Simply, change names, dates and actual events. Anywhere/everywhere you go, a story idea awaits for discovery.
  • It depends on what kind of book you want to write. If it is a self-help book, write something that you are skilled in that can help people. If you are writing fiction, read tons of fiction books for inspiration. You can also write down all the ideas that pop into your head. If you are writing a true story, then write about a life that intrigues you, or write about your life.
  • The best books come the heart. Write something that you, and other people can relate to.
  • When I want to make a fiction story, I usually try to get ideas from watching a movie clip or looking at drawings people have done. I have found that you can't just say I want to write a story, sit down and write one. You have to have an idea of what you want to write about and have inspiration. Often times I try to create an image of the characters and find a story that fits them. Once you get an idea and begin to write it down more ideas will flow out of the pen. When you write though make sure you keep all of the ideas until editing.
  • Just remember to read other books and look at picture or movies for inspiration maybe look in the people in your life they all have stories you could take ideas from
  • I personally make a few characters based off myself and others I know. And make my world the way I wish it was.
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Speech Writing

Give you some essay in urdu on the topic naiki bari ibadat hai?

i want an essay on topic naiki bari ibadat hai in urdu language

Authors, Poets, and Playwrights
Creative Writing

Who is the person to whom an author dedicates a book?

Usually the person who has a book dedicated to them from the author is a friend, family member, or someone who helped a great deal to write the book. The person could have critiqued the book, shared ideas, etc. The author appreciates this, and therefore, dedicates the book to he person.

Not all authors dedicate their books, but some have an 'acknowledge page' at the beginning or end of their book where they thank everyone who was involved in writing the book.

Sometimes the author will thank even people who provided music for them, like William P. Young, the author of 'The Shack'. William P. Young thanks everyone who helped him in his quest, and even thanks songwriters.

Academic Writing
Creative Writing

Do you indent after a quote in a story that you are writing?

If the quote is in the middle, then no, but if you are do a dialogue, you would indent each time. You indent after every break or paragraph.

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good names for female story characters?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good scientist names?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

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How can you become a better writer?

1. Writing is a medium of expression & often an innate quality in some people who use the exact expressive words , text,style, form,syntax in a language as a genre of writing to write.

2. To become a better writer the three areas of refinement are , by appropriate use of expressive words to convey the semantics , edit the redundant words/sentences, & adopt a style that is unique can make a better writer.

3 The command of a language the writer wishes to write in has to be improved by constant practice & refinement.

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**Note - the fact that I had to take 10 minutes to correct grammar and punctuation on the following opinions proves my point that you need to work to be a good writer**

Read a good short (page or so) piece of literature, and then write 3 words per sentence to help you remember that sentence. Rewrite the piece of literature in your own words. This may seem like a lot of work, but it works wonders

You can go for the hard stuff, but you could just do this:

Step 1: Write a story of any kind you want

Step 2: ask your friends to read it

Step 3: ask for feedback

Step 4: write more with feedback

Step 5: be done with your first try or first book, and then move on to your second book. This first book was a way to get feedback and fix mistakes you would have made.

Step 6: do steps 1-6 again but step 5 is now "Try to publish your book if you feel it's ready or try the steps again if you don't."

Writing is hard work - don't fool yourself into thinking good writing just comes down from heaven! Asking your friends to read is good - but how do you know what to change to make the book better? If you don't work and research, how are you going to know how to improve?

The answer to this question is rather subjective and depends on your goals. Do you want to be a good writer to sell your writing to a publisher? Do you want to be a good writer to sell your writing services to others? And what constitutes good writing to you? The obvious answer is to practice your writing. Take a class, get a mentor, join or start a writing critique group. Write every day. Have others give you feedback and listen without taking it personally.


Creative Writing
Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are three ways you can tell that a new character is going to speak in a story?

1. Quotation Marks.

2. The words He/She said in the beginning of a sentence typically indicate a

character will be speaking.

3. The words John/Jane told me at the beginning of a sentence also indicate that a

character is speaking.

4. Sometimes a sentence will start with John/Jane asked and then that indicates that

the character is about to speak.
well i put this on one of my papers and i got 100% so I'd say that these are right.........

1.) if there are quotation marks, i know it sounds obvious but it is one of the ways

2.) tag words such as said, replied, answered, etc......... sound right?

3.) the name of a new character will be written, the name will be different than the first characters ex. bobby asked, "When is your birthday?"

then Peppe replied, "October 5th!"

4.) now look up and see how i started a new paragraph when a new character spoke, there's your fourth way!

hope this was helpful
There are quotation marks "like these"
you can tell that a new character is going to speak in a story when its a new paragraph
Quotation marks, indentation to mark a new paragraph and tag lines such as using the words said or replied!

  1. If someone else has talked beforehand, put the new character's speech on a new line.
  2. Give the reader some clue like "She glared at me..." and then put in the speech.
  3. Use quotation/speech marks.
Creative Writing

Why do writers write?

"We write because it's the way we express ourselves best. Everyone has their best method of expression. With writers, it's words on the page and using those words to connect to an audience (whatever the audience maybe, depending on the type of writing).

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon. "

- Maya Angelou


Simple answer: you write because you have to. Writers write because the ideas percolating inside their minds just have to come out and be written down. If you are a writer, then you know this is true - if you are not a writer, that's OK, because you have other skills and talents instead. Everyone has their own special abilities. Being a writer is difficult sometimes, because you don't want to be social and polite and mingle with other people - you want to go shut the door and get back into your own little world inside your mind. Most people don't understand that, and being a writer sometimes gets lonely. But being a writer means you have a world inside your mind -usually more than one world - and you're never really lonely with all those other characters there.


A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

Leo Rosten


People write for many reasons. Here are just a few: to explain something to make a point to tell a story to report what happened to communicate to make someone else think about a problem or mystery to make someone else scared to invent a world and characters to go in itto imagine what they would do in a situation to share information with others. The number one reason why writers write? Because they want to!some people like to write because it is able to express that person in a way actions and words cant.writing is,in a way,an ancient art,English is one of the most common language now though.writing,is a way to go and make up places where no one can go but you.Authors write stories because they like using their imagination and creativity to bring a plot to together. They find it interesting and a fun profession to put their thoughts on paper. Most of the time, authors can relate to what their character is feeling, so they enjoy writing about their characters. Sometimes authors will design a character after himself/herself. They also like a certain type of book or genre of story, so they enjoy taking a story's plot and creating their own ideas into it.Some people like to write because it is able to express that person in a way actions and words cant.writing is,in a way,an ancient art,English is one of the most common language now though.writing,is a way to go and make up places where no one can go but you.


Well that all depends on a great many things, the topic, what kinda style of writer you are striving to become, etc, etc. For myself it's an easy thing for me to do, I can sit here and write for days upon end without stopping, but, that's me.


People write to persuade, communicate, occupy jobs, and to express feelings. Writers, editors, journalists, authors, press secretaries, communication officers, and many other jobs require people to have strong writing skills. Most people write in order to remember or to communicate.

Creative Writing

How do you write a surreal story?

Surreal stories come from the imagination of the individual. Some people can write surreal stories based from their life or a story from their life, just twisted a bit.

Observe the world around you. Jot down everything you see that is surreal. It can be used to fit into your story. However, the most important thing you can have to write a surreal story is creativity and a wild imagination.

Creative Writing

What are some good Spooky Story Ideas?

Any idea that is interesting enough to you will be a good idea. You cannot write a story or novel based on ideas that someone else invents - you won't be interested enough in the subject to be able to research and write anything that will actually sell. Plus, anonymous people on the internet have no idea how old you are, what your interests are, or how well you can write!

In order to write, you need a personal connection to the subject. Write about whatever you enjoy, or whatever you find interesting, and you will end up with your novel or story.

WikiAnswers is happy to help you learn how to write better. We will not do your writing for you by giving you ideas and paragraphs to copy.

Here are some more suggestions from WikiAnswers contributors:

• Write about what you know. A good idea for a first novel is to write your own personal story. Everyone has at least one novel in them waiting to be written.

• Observe the world around you. Anything interesting can be an idea for a story or novel.

• Research. The more you know, the more ideas you will have.

• Read stories and books that other authors have written in your chosen genre. This way, you can see how other people do things.

A story can be either plot driven, character driven, or both. Most are stories are both but one or the other usually takes precedence. Charles Dickens' novels are primarily character driven Ian Flemings' are plot driven (although all the plots are the same.) If you need a place to start - trying thinking up interesting characters who can be developed and evolved against an interesting plot, or think up a good crisis that characters can be illuminated through.

If you're still stuck, try these websites in the Links below!

Creative Writing
Writing: Characters and Dialogue

Why is it impossible to describe a British person?

All things can be described. Click the link to see how.

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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

What are some good model names?

You need to invent your own names - writers who copy ideas from other people end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters, I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

Click on the LINKS for character name generator websites!

Academic Writing
Writing and Composition
Creative Writing

How do you get over writer's block?

People get writer's block for different reasons, and at different levels of severity. One thing that I used to do in a workshop on overcoming writer's block is have people write about random things. Sometimes you can get over the block if you focus on something besides what you have been *trying* to write about.

I'd write "Life is like a _________" on the board, and then we'd go around the room and come up with different nouns that life was like... a cheeseburger. An airplane. A baseball game. A new guitar. And then everyone was assigned something from the list, and they had to write about it for 10 minutes. ... just doing that gets some people back on track. They are having fun again, instead of feeling tortured about *having* to write something... and that is often one of the reasons people get blocked.

If you can find a way to have fun (and usually there IS a way, even for very structured assignments), it becomes a lot easier to write (or to do anything, really). Another way is to talk to someone about it. Sometimes we're stuck in our own brains, and getting unstuck requires being able to bounce our ideas off someone else's brain for a change. :) Talking out some of your ideas, and getting some ideas from the other person could be a good way to get a jump-start.


Michael Stackpole (the author of many Star Wars novels) says that writer's block just means that you don't know your characters well enough. He says when you get stuck, find one of those questionnaires that the magazines are always publishing (like "How Well Do You Know Your Boyfriend?" or "Let's Ask a Famous Actor a Bunch of Questions!") and fill it out as if you were your character. There is also a link to a character information sheet you can print out in the Related Links below.


I discovered an easy method to get over writer's block.

Look around the room you're in. Select an object, word

from childhood, or an animal. It's a game to writing.

My eyes caught the fan. The first letter of fan is

turned into three other F words.

My words are father, fast, furious.

Start writing about your words. Take a look.

"What happened to the Father?"

"Not sure. He was found slumped over his desk."

My story can twist down any path.

You'll get new writing ideas, the longer you work with the technique.

Continue writing until your creative flow starts. This method will work for non-fiction and poetry.

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Fiction Writing

What is a good name for my story or book?

The title should intrigue people into cracking open the cover of a book; it should create curiosity.
That said - titles are not as important as people think they are! The title will change many times before you are satisfied, and often the publisher will change the title before publication - that has happened to several of my stories.

Only you know what is the best title for your writing! WikiAnswers has no idea what you have written or what sort of story/poem/essay it might be! The title should come last - after you've finished your piece. Then use the story itself to come up with the title.

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Literary Terminology

When someone writes a book about themselves what is that called?

An autobiography .

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Creative Writing

How do you choose a title for your writing?

Every author has different ways of choosing titles. Here are some ideas: * Describe the story. Examples of this sort of title include The Man Who Sold The Moon and any of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories. * Introduce the character(s). Use the name or description of your character or characters as the title. Examples of this include Son of a Witch and O'Reilly's Luck. * Use a phrase or line from your story. Many authors use this technique. They use a line or phrase that they have written as the title, then you see it in context later on in the actual story. Often, if the title is particularly lyrical, or seems to make little sense if read out of context, you can bet that the phrase will be important once you begin reading. Think of Stephen King's The Shining or Robert Heinlein's Time Enough for Love. * Use a quote. This can be tricky, because many quotes belong to an author or to their estate, and using someone else's words is plagiarism if you don't have permission. Quotes from very old sources, such as most religious texts or Shakespeare's writings, are usually safe to use, but always check with a legal expert to be certain. * Just pick a title you like. Many authors simply choose a catchy sounding title that they like.

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How do you write a story on daydreaming?

WikiAnswers will not write your story for you, but we WILL help you learn how to do it yourself! Click on the Related Questions for even more information.

Write sentences the way you speak - just pretend you are telling this to a friend, and write down what you would say. What would you tell them about this topic? How do you explain daydreaming to your friend? What examples of daydreaming would you like to tell your friend?

If you just start writing, you will be through with your assignment before you know it!

Here's how you write to a topic:

• Do your research - find out what the topic means, and find some examples or explanations of the meaning

• Make a list - write down everything you can think of about that topic. If you're writing nonfiction essays, write definitions and explanations. If you're writing a fiction story, write examples and make up scenes to show the topic

• Order - put your list into some sort of logical order so that you're explaining the topic to someone or telling a good story to them

• Write - pretend you're explaining the topic or telling the story to your friends and just write down what you'd say to them

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How do you write a good story or book?

"Don't listen to any advice, that's what I'd say. Write only what you want to write. Please yourself. YOU are the genius, they're not. Especially don't listen to people (such as publishers) who think that you need to write what readers say they want. Readers don't always know what they want. I don't know what I want to read until I go into a bookshop and look around at the books other people have written, and the books I enjoy reading most are books I would never in a million years have thought of myself. So the only thing you need to do is forget about pleasing other people, and aim to please yourself alone." ~Phillip Pullman

You have to decide where your imagination wants to take you with your writing. If you want to write non fiction then pick a subject you know about (or at least research it). I went to a writing college and it helped a lot and was fun. I met all sorts of interesting people and we exchanged ideas. You don't have to go to school in order to write a good story, though. Most writers don't take writing classes at all.

In order to make a story interesting, you have to have two things:

Good Detail - do your research and be able to describe the scenes, people, dialogue, and actions effectively. This also means correctly, because if you are sloppy with your research and get facts wrong, your readers will not buy your next book. Emotion - good writing is emotional writing. You have to be able to write about emotions so that the reader feels them along with your characters. Invent characters who are believable and likable, not superheroes who have no faults and are stunningly beautiful and genius-level intelligent!

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Jean Ure came to visit my school and she advised writing about things that happen everyday. She kept a diary over the years and has looked back through it to give her ideas. Writers are observant. If you pay attention to the world around you, you will find many ideas for stories, as well as examples of conversation and behavior for your characters. The actual writing process is basically what you've learned in your grammar classes at school. Use correct spelling and punctuation, too, and not "netspeak" - editors won't pay attention to anything that you have written carelessly and improperly.

One good way to get started is to imagine that you're talking. Just pretend you're telling a story to one of your friends, and instead of speaking, write. To write a good story think about what you want it to be about. Then try to stay on topic. Don't constantly change the subject.

Well, for starters, the story has to be 'you'. If the story is not 'you', you didn't write it.

Making it as real to the style as possible, Biographies should never be unauthorized, and stories about flying witches should never have 'How to bake cakes' on the the front cover. Also make it appeal to the masses if you want it to be successful. "One day a boy went to the park and met a dog" should never be read by a 30 year old.

How to write an excellent, exciting, tense story. To write an excellent, exciting, tense, story you should try and use your imagination. If people say you are a rubbish writer don't let it knock your confidence, everyone has an imagination and you just have to find it. To make an exciting story put interesting adjectives in. To make a tense story you slowly tell the story, letting little hints and clues out, this will make the reader want to continue reading the story. Plus, if you get a good paragraph together (this could be a starting paragraph) build your ideas from there. If you have a good idea write it down quickly on a piece of paper before you forget it.

For fiction people say to write about what you know, when you're first starting out. Instead write about what you don't know. Explore the subject and everything that branches off from it, research what you might need to know as you go along, but you don't always need to know what you're writing about. Sometimes it's best to let yourself just make things up as you go along, it makes the story yours, and it makes writing it and reading it exciting.

Fiction is a story that is not true. In order to write a good fictional story, find out what genre you would like to write about. (Mystery, Science-Fiction, etc) Next, figure out what you want to write about, in that genre. (Science Fiction-- what should I write about in this genre?) This step is the hardest. Once you have figured out what you want to write about-write! Make a rough draft. Next, revise, revise, revise! (You guessed it, revise again!) Until you have a clean, fluent, and exciting story!

Terry McMillan's Advice to Aspiring Writers Write as if no one is ever going to read it. Try not to read, revise or rewrite what you've written until you've had a chance to let it simmer. Don't believe your family, friends or lovers when they tell you: "It's great!" What else are they going to say? Try not to think of an idea for a good story. In fact, leave your brain out of it. Write about what frightens you. What you find perplexing. Disturbing. What breaks your heart. And what you wish you could change. Write as if you're telling a story to an old friend you haven't seen in years. It's one way to find your own voice. Read work by writers that you respect and admire. Just don't try to imitate them. You want your reader to see what's on the page, not read the words, so paint a moving picture. Don't compare what you're writing to published authors. They were once in your shoes. Remember that a story is about someone who wants something and someone is preventing them from getting it. Whatever that might be. All of us have flaws. Pass some of yours on to your characters! You want your reader to care about your characters, worry about them and hope they can get out of whatever mess you put them in. You have to have conflict in your story. Even fairy tales and cartoons have them. Even if your early work gets rejected, don't beat yourself up. It doesn't mean your work isn't good. It may not be ready yet. If you feel the same after you finish writing something as you did when you started, you've wasted your time. Fiction is a way of making a lie believable. Write the kind of story you'd like to read. Read everything you write aloud. Pets make great listeners. They don't judge. Don't forget that a story should be life affirming. There's enough negativity in the world as it is. Tell the story from your character's point of view instead of yours.

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