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Writing Creatively for Wellbeing

What an exciting time for all you budding writers out there!

1st November marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, a challenging but exciting opportunity for all aspiring writers to fulfil their creative dreams!

This ambitious challenge encourages you to write, track, share and cheer on your fellow writing community, whilst also competing to write 50,000 words by the end of November.

For those of you who were unable to join our recent Writing Creatively for Wellbeing Course, here is a small snapshot of some of the creative ideas, tips and tricks you can use to get the juices flowing!

 

 

Types of writing:

Start by thinking about what format of writing you enjoy the most. Explore and have a play with differnt types, such as:

  • Novels
  • Novelas
  • Short stories
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Poetry
  • Comic books

 

How to start:

Think about your routine, the best times for you to write and conider:

  • Where do you write?
  • How do you write?
  • What do you write about?
  • Who do you write for?
  • Why do you write?
  • Character descriptions
  • Scene
  • Time

 

 

Spellings, grammar etc. doesn’t have to be correct when your write!
                                     You can come back to it another time and refine it.

 

Getting inspired:

You can use random stimuli to inspire your writing, such as pictures, conversations and following on from other people’s sentences.

Open the dictionary and find a random word and use it in a sentence.

You can even write a poem about a piece of food or colour you see!

 

Writing Techniques

Here’s some writing techniques you could incorpoirate in your work:

  • Alliteration
    • Peter Parker, She sells sea shells by the seashore
  • Personification
    • The books could sense me, they could hear my breath.
  • Short sentences
    • I was ecstatic.
  • 5 senses (taste, smell, touch, hear, see)
  • Varied punctuation
    • Question marks, semicolons and explanation points
  • Colours

 

Why write?

Research has shown writing provides many benefits for your wellbeing, such as:

  • Expressive writing leads to fewer doctors appointments and causes boost in the immune system for a short period of time.
  • It helps to build positive emotion and engagement.
  • Alleviates mental suffering and helps you find meaning from what’s happened in your past.

 

 

Your writing possibilities are endless! Discover more at our next Writing Creatively for wellbeing course in the spring - dates to be released soon!

 

Until then:

Have a look at some of our refernces for further encouragement! 

  • https://nanowrimo.org/
  • https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/an_english_tapestry_1000160
  • https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/insomnia_1008504
  • https://www.poetrysoup.com/poem/flicker_to_a_flame_1003308
  • http://shakespeare.mit.edu/romeo_juliet/full.html
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/gretasolomon/2018/08/10/how-to-write-your-way-to-wellbeing/#17d3f52671f2
  • http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170601-can-writing-about-pain-make-you-heal-faster
  • http://www.top.me/mind-motivation/writing-good-mental-wellbeing-10457.html

 

 

 

 

 

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