Everybody has imagination. 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
Think back to your earliest childhood memory. Was the sun shining? Were you in your pram? In the garden? Were there butterflies?
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. Your imagination will deliver the images you think about.
HOW TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION TO CREATE A STORY
You can trigger your imagination in a myriad of ways. One of the most powerful ways is by asking yourself questions. Take the above example a few steps further:
Imagine a white wolf has come down from the mountains and is approaching the garden. It is now frighteningly close. Somebody comes to the rescue.
Ask yourself why the wolf came down from the mountains. Why it approached you and who came to the rescue.
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 with somebody else. You can let your story create a character by simply inserting ‘man’ or ‘woman’ and watching the character develop with the story, or by asking yourself questions about them to generate a character.
CREATE A CHARACTER
To exercise your imagination, simply use it. For example, imagine you are in walking in a park. Who is there? What are they doing? Who or what is lurking under the bushes? Who is hovering below the still waters of a nearby lake?
Your imagination is always there for you. All you have to do is use it. Question it and above all write everything down.
STIMULATE YOUR MIND
Sometimes our minds seem sluggish or bored. In this case maybe what we need is more stimulation – there are lots of activities you can enjoy which will trigger and boost your imagination and help lift those feelings of tiredness or boredom.
If you like creative writing exercises that help trigger your imagination there are lots more here for you. Why not try some of the following exercises to stimulate your mind.
I have used exercises and prompts to help creative writing students get started and it has always worked. So I recommend you try some of these creative writing exercises.
Best of Luck with your writing
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