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Short Stories: June 09, 2021 Issue [#10803]

 This week: Boosting Creativity
  Edited by: Choconut
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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About This Newsletter

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." - Louis L’Amour

"Start before you’re ready." - Steven Pressfield

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot." - Stephen King

"The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book." - Samuel Johnson

"You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page." - Jodi Picoult

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Letter from the editor

When sitting down to think of inspiration for this newsletter, it hit me: Why not write about inspiration? I find this the hardest part of writing a short story. I sometimes worry I have a lack of imagination, but that’s not true. Rather, I think most writers will have the same problems now and then. Some days, you just can’t think of a fantastically exciting character whose story you need to tell. Sometimes, you can’t figure out what your fantastically interesting character would do next. That’s okay. We all experience this.

There are ways to work around this, though, things we can do to give out brains a kickstart. Some of them are obvious; some of them might ignite that lightbulb in your heads. I really hope they are useful. I found them a huge help. I’ve put them in a list with explanations where necessary.

*Bulletv* Read, read, read. This is so important. Great writers read incessantly. It sparks ideas for our own stories.
*Bulletv* Write. Okay, I’m going for the obvious here. But, what I mean is, just write. Don’t even think about what you intend to write, just do it. Free write. Time yourself. It might help to give yourself ten minutes to write about a specific word. Like ice cream, for example. Just write anything and everything you can in those ten minutes. It will help to get your brain into writer mode.
*Bulletv* Eavesdrop. This is one of my favourites. Go to a busy place and listen to other people. Watch them, see how their body language works. You can imagine all kinds of stories by doing this. Plus, it can be really good fun.
*Bulletv* Use junkmail. It has to be good for something, right? Why not take it and use it to give your character a profession and a thing that they do every day? Imagine their lives. What are their goals? You can get all sorts of ideas from this.
*Bulletv* Browse Pinterest or Instagram. Look at pictures for inspiration. A lot of people find picture prompts easier. If that is you, find an image online that inspires you. Describe it. Write about it.
*Bulletv* If characters are your problems, you could think about someone with whom you’ve lost touch over the years. Imagine what kind of person they will have become. What is their job? What makes them smile?
*Bulletv* Don’t forget the many contests on Writing.com. There are themes covering just about everything if you look hard enough. Check out the current contests by clicking on the link below.
*Bulletv* Finally, it can be helpful to have a change of scenery. Go for a walk, go to the coffee shop, do a spot of window shopping. Just a small change can make a wealth of difference to our imaginations.

Try different things, play around with them until you find something that works for you. The most important thing is to just write. No matter what. Even if it is one word over and over. In theory, this can still get your brain firing creatively.

Happy writing, and much creativity to you!

Editor's Picks

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Payback  (18+)
The small town has trouble with gangs, until a saviour comes to assist.
#2231310 by Sumojo

An Unexpected Event (Edited Version)  (13+)
A woman watches herself in a diner from outside, looking through the eyes of another woman
#2245416 by Angel

A Princess and Her Saint  (E)
Legends often start from humble beginnings. 1st. Place - Dec. 2020 "The Whatever Contest."
#2240500 by Richard ~ R Minus 10/8 Days!!

Gold!  (ASR)
A short story written for the Fantasy Unraveled Contest, March 2021.
#2247411 by hullabaloo22

Woof! A Dog Tale.  (E)
About Qualle, a six-month-old pup who has a voice shocks his owner.
#2230370 by Alexi is Ten.

 The Elven Party  (13+)
A human stumbles into an elf party
#2178648 by Shaye

Four Square  (E)
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