Your motivations for creative writing

It’s important to think about why you want to write fiction. narratives are a part of our lives, so learn about them! Do you want to be a professional writer or are you happy with it being a side career? Here are a few reasons…

1. Is writing your hobby?

You could just really enjoy writing, and not want to be published as an author. Which is fine, and it works just as well. Some people just really enjoy being creative.

2. Do you have a story you need to tell?

This sounds like the most obvious question, but you need to think about why you should tell this story. What’s the message or moral? What are you trying to prove?

3. You can’t think of a more interesting vent for your work

Now, you don’t have to write a novel. You could be a columnist, a comic, a screenwriter, or you could be writing lines of poetry for occasion cards. My point is, there are tons of ways

4. You want to tell better bedtime stories

If you have kids, you might want to be an interesting storyteller. Nearly every kid wants to hear a good bedtime story, there’s even a film called Bedtime Stories on the subject. Use your imagination!

5. You are a comedian

If you’ve ever watched standup comedians or any comedy show, they usually have sketches or stories posing as anecdotes. Mock the Week has scenes we’d like to see, Who’s Line is it Anyway? has ‘If you know what I mean’ and Sarah Millican has stories about either sex or cakes. Point is, they’re using their imagination to tell and weave up a great story.

6. You work in advertising

A lot of adverts have a little narrative going on, and obviously you need to understand how narrative structure, plot and characters work if that’s the case.

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