Imagination in Fiction

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Imagination and fiction go hand in hand. Without the ability to imagine, you cannot write fiction.

Writing fiction is fun, but a lot of hard work. Your mind and imagination is a muscle, just like your biceps or triceps and needs to be exercised in order to flex and grow and create.

No one can get you to start writing fiction. They can offer you prompts to start the process, but in the end, it is your own creativity and the power of your words that do the work.

Using Your Imagination to Write

Like any other muscle, your imagination needs to be worked on. Sometimes a writing prompt like Seventh Sanctum: the page of generators – random tools for art, gaming, writing, and imagination can help kick-start the creative process and knock those cobwebs out of your head. Give it a try. There are many writing prompt generators on the internet.

Another way to envision characters and storylines is to carry around a notebook and become an observer. People watching is fun.  There are stories, characters and plots everywhere. Don’t rely on your memory for capturing the unusual, the eccentrics, the oddballs. Jot down notes. You’ll find they are most effective and from those notes, you can create characters that will have veracity and uniqueness.

Last, but not least – start writing – take a creative writing class and become part of a community of like-minded individuals who will help you through critiques and feedback.

Writing fiction can keep your mind alert and the more you use your imagination, the more you can imagine.

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