Creative Ideas – Stop, Think and Plan

Creative Writing - STOPBy Annette Young

Author Annette YoungIf you are an ideas person, you may find yourself overwhelmed with creative ideas that bombard your conscious mind regularly.  While it’s true to say that some writers would be ultra-jealous of this, there’s no doubt that it can be difficult to pin down an idea from the masses.  But what happens when you do target just one from a long list of creative ideas? Do you just run with it?

As creative people, it’s easy to get carried away by the whole prospect of crafting a fictional world, be it a short story or a novel.  Once we start writing, the words often flow and we are so heavily caught up in the sensation of extending our ideas, crafting characters to drive the story forward and, feeling every emotional scene, but, sometimes, the initial idea will not have longevity.

This is not uncommon. The trick is to take the idea, stop, think and plan, yes, even before you really put pen to paper. Who are you writing for? Do you want to get published or, do you just want to have freedom from daily life and to escape into a wonderful work of fiction? If the latter, don’t stop or plan any further, just enjoy the freedom, and allow creativity to refresh and replenish you.  Writing should always be for pleasure even if you are planning to get your work published, however, if you are seriously writing with the intention of publishing this piece of work, there’s no escape from the planning process.

Consider the following:

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Creative Ideas – Think Outside the Box

Idea generation

by Annette Young

Sitting in front of your computer with little idea as to what to write about is no fun. If this happens to you, then you are not alone. Sadly, creative ideas do not always respond to the demand of the blank screen anymore than they did with the blank sheet of paper. Of course, a little planning and preparation before your allocated writing time will pay dividends.

If you are really stuck and your mind is in a complete fog, it can pay to approach idea generation from a different angle. I’ve long said that creative ideas come from all around you. Let’s be realistic, the moment you step outside the door, you are bombarded with potential ideas from all types of sources. A conversation with a neighbour may spark off an idea and act as a trigger for a great idea. Open your eyes and mind as you walk through your local town centre, become aware of what is around you. Look up at the buildings around you. Notice a bricked up window – think about why it might have been done. Or, notice little alleyways or old doorways that incite interest. Go walking in the countryside and become more receptive to the natural scenery which can act like a salve to a fraught mind. Ideas really are there waiting for you to spot them.

But, sometimes, you have to shake it up a bit. If you think outside the box, you can find other ways to increase your creative mojo.


Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook is filled with ideas. Not only can you see interactions between family and friends but also, read so many different posts, and then there are the memes and photos which should spark off lots of great ideas.

Online Forums

If you have signed up for any online forums, you’ll know that people don’t always stick to the main subject. Lots of conversations and ideas can develop from just reading about the concerns of others. Often, current issues pop up time and time again, but there’s often a whole lot more too. Even if these do not meet your current needs, write down some topics and you have a collection of potential ideas for later. 


I’m including Amazon here as fodder for ideas but it could be any online bookshop. All you need to do is browse through and allow your brain to take any idea to the next level.  You are not copying of course, it’s just a starting point. The more you can develop, tweak and adapt it the better. Once your mind has a grasp of the concept, give it free rein.

There are so many ways in which to create wonderful creative ideas but, if you are really stuck, try the above and see where these ideas take you.

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How to Write: Use Both Sides of Your Brain in Your Writing

By Sharon Gibson

Have you ever experienced a time when you were so involved in something, you lost track of time? Have you ever been in what they call the “zone?” Are there other times you were exceptionally logical and analytical about what you are doing?
This is because you operate on two sides of the brain. Researchers say, you have two sides of your brain. Your left brain is the thinking, reasoning, analytical and critical part. The right brain is the more creative side, visual, interpretive, intuitive- that is the part of your brain you use when you want to create, relax and enjoy the experience.
You use two different parts of the brain when you create and when you evaluate. They interfere with each other. During the creative process, you will write better if you turn off the critical, analytical part of your brain. When you write your first draft, don’t worry about how you say things. Write freely, go with the flow and enjoy. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling or grammar. If you want to look up a word or fact, draw a line there or place a star so you’ll know to go back.
This method gets the raw gems out and down on the paper. Then you can go back and refine your treasures. Once you are in the left brain, critical mode, you can rewrite and edit what you have written.
In the beginning, you may be discouraged about how many mistakes you make as you learn how to write. I understand those feelings. However, every writer makes mistakes even experienced writers. Some writers get their books published and even after the edits, find mistakes. That is why you edit and rewrite. Before submitting a piece for publication, it’s essential to send your work to someone else for critiques and edits.
I write 100% better than when I started but I am careful to rewrite and edit my work. After I let my right brain enjoy the writing process, my left brain has a chance to kick in and correct. Even then I still make mistakes. You will probably find mistakes from time to time in my writing and I appreciate your feedback. When have you ever had a teacher or coach offer to let you correct them? LOL! Learn from me, every good writer is willing to receive correction. That is why they say “Every writer is a good re-writer.”
This is the model I encourage you to follow throughout your writing process whether you have been writing for a while or you are learning how to write. First, turn off your left brain and let your right brain, creative side, run free. Enjoy yourself as you write. Second, turn on the left brain and rewrite. You need both sides of your brain to be a good writer. Now that you understand the function of the right and the left brain, use them at different times to produce your best writing.
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