Practical Creative Writing

Welcome to Practical Creative Writing. My name is Grace Jolliffe. I am a writer and I live in Galway Bay on the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way route in Ireland.

two dogs swimmingI have been writing stories since I remember how. I love to write and I created this site because I want to encourage other people to write as well. I believe everyone can write a story – if they are willing to apply themselves to the work. I am not offering magic tricks but I am offering some practical, creative solutions to the problems that we writers face.

I have over twenty years experience, in writing and teaching, and I want to share that with you. You can find out more about me here.

If you are a beginner writer then this is where you will find lots of practical creative writing tips, suggestions and information to help get you focused in on your writing. Many people say they always wanted to write – if you are one of them why not start right now? It’s never too late to have a creative life so what is it you are waiting for?  This writing for beginners section has lots of easy ways to kick-start your writing career.


Stay right here if you are looking for some original creative writing exercises to trigger fresh ideas. I have tried and tested my exercises with writing students of all ages – with great success. You can try some of these free creative writing exercises here. 

These exercises have proved so popular that I have been inspired to write a book: ‘Practical Creative Exercises.’  The book is a practical work-book for writers who genuinely want to write but need help finding and focusing in on their story.

There are no empty promises, like most things in life your success is down to the work you put in. Practical Creative Exercises book is designed for writers who are serious and who want to get really immersed in their writing.

If you are someone who is willing to work regularly towards developing your creativity and achieving your writing goals then this is the book for you.

Maybe you are serious, and willing to start work but just don’t know where to start. Sometimes the blank page can be off-putting and writers can face a few false starts before they begin to experience the full rhythm and flow of the writing journey.

If you have already been trying the free exercises on the site then the book can help you progress to the next level, by providing  you with an even wider variety of prompts, story beginnings, and even story endings that will challenge and channel your creative mind and help you bring forth new and exciting ideas.


The day you stop learning, or trying to improve, is the day you stop writing and start typing. So even if you are an experienced writer there is always something useful you can learn.  Every time we read, or write, we learn something new and that feeds our writing and I have gathered together some really useful creative writing tips here. 


If the dreaded writer’s block is an issue for you then I can help. I have personally gone through some difficult periods when I felt I couldn’t, or even shouldn’t write. We all experience difficult times. I wrote myself out of my problems using writing exercises and other methods and I am rarely stuck for words now.

I am happy to share my methods with you and I offer such a wide variety of practical and creative suggestions that I am sure you will find some that suit your own individual needs.

I have great tips on how to crush any type of writer’s block so whatever the reason, you’ll soon be a productive writer again.

I know you will find this site a creative and friendly place to visit, so if you have any problems, or questions, just write them in the comments box and I will do my very best to help you.

Best wishes,


‘Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.’

Erica Jong

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4 Responses to Practical Creative Writing

  1. michelle July 8, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Hi Grace,

    Fab site – very timely as I am planning my first fiction book :)

    I will certainly be back for some inspiration as I progress!

    Kind regards,


    • Grace July 8, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      Hi Michelle, thanks for visiting. It’s great to find you again :)
      If you have any questions I can help you with please don’t hesitate.
      Best of luck with your first fiction book!

      All the best

  2. Jo Kemp December 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    Hi Grace – I’m really enjoyingthe exercises and leaving writer’s block behind!

    • Grace December 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      That’s great news, Jo, keep going!
      Best wishes