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7 ways to reignite your creative spark

<i>This story first appeared on PR Daily in April. 2015.</i><p>Call it what you like: writer’s block, mental block or artistic rut. When the creative juices …

201 Ways to Arouse Your Creativity | WTD

Talk to a monkey. Explain what you’re really trying to say to a stuffed animal.<p>Do something important that’s very easy.<p>Try free writing.<p>Take a …

Creativity

Creative Writing Prompts For High School Students

Plot, Dialogue and Voice<p>Whether you're a student or a teacher, these writing prompts for high school students are going to come in handy if you're …

Creative Writing

Writing 201: Intros and Hooks

Your opening lines are your first chance to hook readers — or to lose them. This week, learn to use your piece’s angle to craft an engaging, …

Marketing

5 Ways To Find New Story Ideas

One of the questions authors are asked most often is how they get their ideas. Unfortunately, there isn't a secret idea speakeasy where you can buy them in bulk (or if there is, no one has ever given me the password). There are, however, some steps you can take to generate new ideas when you're …

Creative Writing

10 Daily Routines For Honing Your Creativity

If your daily routine doesn’t get your creative juices flowing, consider adapting these habits of famously creative thinkers.<p>Creativity can be as elusive as it is rewarding. Inspiration usually lies just beyond the intellect’s reach, sparking our best work and sneaking away when we need it …

Creativity

How to Craft a Page-Turning Plot

Photo by Camera Eye Photography.Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a hard core plotter. I have outlines and spreadsheets. I cover tabletops with …

Writing

How to Be Creative When You're Not Naturally Creative

Creativity isn't something you're born with; it's a skill that can be learned and improved upon. Learn 11 ways to jog your creative thinking.

25 Reasons Why I Stopped Reading Your Book

I don’t read novels like I used to.I want to, but can’t. That’s for a lot of reasons — for one, it’s time. I write a lot. I have a five-year-old. …

Writing

Why You Should NOT Write A Book

There’s an unwritten rule that published authors are supposed to encourage everyone who dreams of it to finally go for it and write that book!<p>Except …

Stephen King Used These 8 Writing Strategies To Sell 350 Million Books

The bestselling novelist shares his secrets to selling so many books.<p>Stephen King is one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors of the past half century, with more than 70 books of horror, science fiction, and fantasy to his name. Estimates put the total sales of his books at …

Creative Writing

Vital Lessons From Pixar That Teach You About Creativity

Image via Jason Pratt (Creative Commons 2.0)<p><b>Pixar’s animations</b> are some of the most spectacular in the world, and it’s difficult to believe that it …