Write That Winning Story!

Write That Winning Story!

Write That Winning Story! 600 295 Janus Education

Okay, you know you can do it. You are going to write the story of the year. You are going to be one of the shortfinalists for the Young Author Award 2019/2020. And yes, you know you have to submit your masterpiece by 31st July. You’re going to win that $500 cash prize and land that publishing contract! But, hang on…. You are seated in front of the screen for two hours and have yet to begin the first line. So here, future authors, are 38 provocative ways to give yourself that inspiration. Warning! This can be addictive. Venture at your own
risk!

1. Get away from the computer. Take a pen and notebook, and go somewhere new.
2. Listen to new music. Try something instrumental and rhythmic that you’ve never heard before.
3. Write from a persona. Lend your voice to a writing personality who isn’t you.
4. Write the middle. Stop whining over a perfect lead, and write the next part or the part after that.
5. Make a pointless rule. You can’t end sentences with words that begin with a vowel. Limits create focus and change your perspective.
6. Work on the title. Quickly make up five distinctly different titles. Meditate on them. What bugs you about the one you like the least?
7. Write five words. Literally. Put five completely random words on a piece of paper. Write five more. Try a sentence. Could be about anything. A block ends when you start making words on a page.
8. Write down a list of ideas and draw random arrows between them.
9 Focusing entirely on one sense. Creative stimulation comes through our senses.
10. Imagine waking up somewhere distant and exotic.
11. Recall your creative triumphs. It means you can create something equally wonderful, if not more so, again. In fact you can go out and create it today
12. Count your blessings. As well as feeling happier, it will inevitably help you be more creative too.
13. Choose just one creative aim for the day. What one creative project can you begin/continue/finish today?
14. Talk to a monkey. Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal.
15. Choose a topic and write about it as wonderfully or badly as you possibly can.
16. Embrace your inner grouch. Discontent may just be a vast, untapped source of creativity
17. Let your mind wander. A wandering mind may allow your brain to search more widely for connections that could trigger a “eureka” moment.
18. Play an instrument. It may help you to think with both sides of your brain at once.
19. Clean up your working space. Even if you are not a cleaning addict, a tidy desk helps to create a fresh start.
20. Go jogging. Running is a great way to refresh your brain. The effort will also bring satisfaction. Self-esteem is good for creativity.
21. Finding inspiration in what other people have done and what has succeeded (or failed) is a great way to get your feet off the ground again.
22. Take a moment to do something that makes you happy; that brings you joy; that you love; that grounds you.
23. Give gratitude. Thinking about all the things you are grateful for produces a positive energy flow and vibration.
24. Be in the moment. Athletes call this ‘being in the zone‘. Give full attention to whatever you are doing: eating, washing dishes, making your bed.
25. Take it outdoors. The best inspiration is often free. Go for a hike. Take your laptop to a park. Look all around you. Soak up your surroundings.
26.Just get it out, no matter how crappy that first draft is.
27. Don’t try for perfection. Just get it out there, asap, and get feedback.
28. Don’t be afraid to be weird and quirky.
29. Small ideas are good. You don’t need to change the world — just change one thing.
30. Use visual structuring. Getting your paper and pencil out lets you see your ideas on a physical level.
31. If all else fails, keep working. Some individuals work better as they reach their breaking point; they excel and take flight in the hardest of times.
32. Make up the rules for what you want to produce.
33.Try to write every day, even if it is just for a few minutes.
34. Write simply and vividly.
35. Don’t hold back and don’t protect yourself. Say things no one else has said before.
36.Collaborate with new people
37. Cultivate a community of writers. Writing can be a lonely enterprise, but it doesn’t need to be – other writers understand where you are, what you’re thinking and feeling.
38. Most of all, have fun doing your article!

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