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Let loose: 5 steps toward creative writing


If writing is an art, then fiction is an art of the imagination. Imagination is the raw creative power of the mind. It is the ability to conceptualize and plan a creation our senses can’t perceive. Imagination is the backbone to a good piece of fiction; without it the piece lacks luster.

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Creative writings are the works that captivate, inspire and prompt new ways of thinking.

So why not work to boost your creative writing skills?

Here are my five tips and tricks for boosting creativity in your fiction writing:

Strive to capture what is perceived, but not identified. Many writers are advised to show the tiniest of details to create an image in the reader’s mind. This is good, but take it even farther and add imaginary and symbols that represent a feeling, thought or event.

Don’t be too abstract, but don’t be too bone dry passive. Two terrible things that happen when the natural balance is disturbed: arduous or confusing reading. Strike a balance.

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Channel your inner child. Children are creativity machines. Their sense of awe and wonder with the world creates this awareness of things older folks pass by. Youngsters are also more open-minded and less rigid in their thinking; paving way to exploration and new insights.

Break down your expectations and your people-pleasing filter. This is invitation to be free. Worry less what anyone else, including yourself, might think once the story is complete.

Explore your dreams and subconscious mind. Your brain is an incredibly active organ. What your mind processes beyond your daily conscious thoughts may amaze you. As random as dreams and pondering may seem, they’re often excellent raw material to work with.

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These five tips will aid you in your creative writing endeavors. If all five seem to be too much at once, try focusing on one or two at a time.

If your inner child seems to be too far forgotten, try asking a child for some ideas. You might just be be surprised or inspired. As always, best of luck.

Susan J. Peck is a freelance writer and student. She is currently writing for and is a contributing writer at Learn more about Susan here.


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