Creative Writing Tips: A Thinking Exercise for Writers

Draw a line down the centre of your page. All of these words are about different kinds of thinking. Put them on the left if you think they are logical and analytical. Put them on the right if you think they are imaginative and creative.



 
If you are unfamiliar with any of the words, look them up in your dictionary or Google them.

logical
conceptual
judgemental
harsh
dreamlike
analytical
imaginative
speculative
critical
foolish
weird
reflective
visual
symbolic
poetic
digital
dreamlike
non verbal
analogical
lyrical
surreal
concrete
practical

The words on the right are the imaginative, creative types of thinking you should use for the first draft of your writing. They let your ideas pop up. They don’t inhibit you. These kinds of thinking don’t tell you what you should be writing. They encourage you to let it all hang out.

The words on the left, concrete, practical, are just that. They are the kinds of thinking you need when you are editing your work.

Don’t confuse the two. Allow yourself to think creatively when you are writing.
Only think analytically much later when you switch into editor mode.
 

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