What an exciting time for all you budding writers out there!
Every year on the 1st November, the National Novel Writing Month (#NANOWRIMO) challenge begins. It's an exciting opportunity for all aspiring writers to fulfil their creative dreams. But every single one of you can start writing at any time of the year!
#NANOWRIMO is an ambitious challenge that 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. Taking part can really help you focus as well as encourage you to stretch yourself. However, writing for your wellbeing doesn't have to have a deadline, a minimum word count or goal associated with it. Because writing for your wellbeing is about expression.
It is about using the written word to jot down your thoughts, unanswered questions or increase your creativity. You don’t have to share it; it doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t even have to be about writing stories or poems. Writing for your wellbeing is about using writing as an outlet, in whatever form you like.
Our writing creatively for wellbeing course shows you how simple it can be, and gives great tips, practical exercises and opportunities to connect. For a small taster though, here are a few tips to get you started.
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.
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:
- Short stories
- Comic books
How to start:
For one off writing sessions, why not just find a quite spot, grab some paper and a pen and just write without thinking? For those of you who want to make it more of a routine, think about 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
If writing a story, consider:
- Character descriptions
Spellings, grammar etc. doesn’t have to be correct when your write!
You can come back to it another time and refine it.
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!
Here’s some writing techniques you could incorpoirate in your work:
- Peter Parker, She sells sea shells by the seashore
- The books could sense me, they could hear my breath.
- Short sentences
- 5 senses (taste, smell, touch, hear, see)
- Varied punctuation
- Question marks, semicolons and explanation points
Your writing possibilities are endless! Discover more at our next Writing Creatively For Wellbeing course.
Have a look at some of our refernces for further encouragement!