If you want to learn how to use your imagination in creative writing, the easiest way is through writing exercises.
Everybody has imagination. Everyone.
If you disagree with this statement – try not to build a picture in your mind of a pink elephant wearing a white hat and cool shades.
EXERCISE YOUR IMAGINATION
Keep asking yourself questions and fix on your most vivid memory.
You will probably find you have added a few bits and pieces to the memory.
Now write that down – every detail you can think of.
The first time I did this, I saw myself peeping out of a pram and looking at a beautiful garden, filled with butterflies and of course the sun was shining.
MEMORY OR IMAGINATION
Is this memory or is this imagination? If you have just seen the above images as I described, then you know the answer already.
You saw what I described in your own mind but was it your memory, or mine?
Memory is a great tool for a writer but it should never be confused with facts.
The power of suggestion is immense.
If, for example, I mention a white Unicorn or a large fire-breathing dragon you will immediately see these in your mind. The power of suggestion should never be underestimated.
Your imagination will deliver the images you think about.
HOW TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE A STORY
Imagine a white wolf has come down from the mountains and is approaching your garden.
You watch through the window until it is frighteningly close. A stranger comes to the rescue.
Ask yourself questions:
Why has the wolf come down from the mountains?
Who came to the rescue?
What happened after that?
LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLOW
Now you have the beginnings of a story, and you can use your imagination to bring this story further, by asking more questions.
You can take ‘you’ out of the story and replace yourself with somebody else – a character.
Let your story create the character by simply inserting ‘man’ or ‘woman’ and watching the character develop.
Creative writing exercises work by giving you images which trigger questions.
To exercise your imagination, simply use it by doing more writing exercises.
Once you start doing this regularly it will become really easy – I promise.
CREATE A CHARACTER
Who else is there?
What are they doing?
Who or what is lurking under the bushes?
Your imagination is always there for you.
All you have to do is use it. Ask questions, more questions – this builds stories.
Remember to write everything down. It is easy to forget when your mind is tumbling with freshly generated ideas.
Best of Luck with your writing
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