How Creative Are You? (4th in the series)

Developing an aspiring writer’s creativeness

THE purpose of this series, How Creative Are You, is to gauge an aspiring writer’s level of creativity. This determination is not based on academic standards. Writing, no doubt, can be learned in the academe by theories and hypotheses and exercises, but I strongly believe that practical learning is best.

The tips and pieces of advice that I have been sharing in this blog come from my decades of experience as writer and editor, from my actual experience in the field in other words.

True, there are hundreds if not thousands of resources for learning about creative writing that are available online for budding writers. Some are provided by famous authors whose bylines are household names, many by those who have vast experiences in writing and significant exposure to the publishing industry. They offer worthy guidance, which many writers – aspiring and professional alike – could benefit from.

I would suggest that would-be writers explore all these online resources. Pick up nuggets that would advance one’s learning, and apply whatever useful advice has been learned.

Learn, learn, learn all you can should be a lifelong mantra for everyone, regardless of interest, inclination, vocation, and age.

Stimulate your creativity by actual writing

The exercises that are included in this series are more for the budding writer’s practical and personal benchmark. That is, until such time that the fledgling writer has acquired readers who would then review and assess the writer’s quality of creative work.

(A newbie writer should not be anxious of the words review and assess. Readers have myriad of interests in what they read.

What one reader finds an excellent read may be judged [or criticised] by another as not worth reading at all. But more on this in another post.)

So far, the exercises included in the first three posts in the series are the following:

Creating a story out of the highlighted portion of a clipping from an advice column

Creating a story from a news item

Creating a story based on a picture

Story in the exercises refers to any type of creative writing that is suitable for writing practice. This includes poem, flash fiction (less than 500 words), comic or dramatic sketch using dialogues or poetry in a picture (see examples below).

Photo credit to the model, Vivien Allen, for Chalk Photography-UK
Lost in the Peak District;
Photo by Vivien Allen

Fourth practical exercises

Based on the headlines Fired for fainting at work and Swear ban for serial shoplifter, create a story that can either be humorous or serious.

(1) These news items, above, were published by The Daily Express on 16 Feb 2021.

(2) Using the featured photos below, create a story sketch using dialogues or poetry verses.

Share your stories you’ve created and have it featured on this space and on Budding Writers’ Corner on Facebook.

Email your practice exercises to

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