After reading my explanation, could I please have some ideas? Much appreciated.I'm doing some creative writing for my English coursework.  I'm not great at writing stories and my teacher said that...

After reading my explanation, could I please have some ideas? Much appreciated.

I'm doing some creative writing for my English coursework.  I'm not great at writing stories and my teacher said that maybe it was best for me to do a biography but I would rather not do something so personal.

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Why don't you do a short story that is based off of your real life?  You can change the character names, the ages, and even the setting if you want to.  For example, if you went to homecoming this past year, and you want to tell the story of what happened there without getting too personal, change your name, change the name of your date, and maybe put the high school in a different state or city.  That way, you can have other people read the story without knowing that you were really the person that it happened to.  This could also be fun because then, you can change your own story if you want to.  If you didn't have a very good time at homecoming, you can change the story to make it so that the character does, or add an exciting or suspenseful twist, like getting caught in a freak blizzard on the way home, running into a snowbank, and having to survive the situation.

If you take your own life and use it for the foundation of a story idea, then you can change whatever you want to, however you want to change it.  Or, you can keep it exactly the same, just changing key character names so it doesn't feel like you are exposing your heart and soul to the world.

If that idea doesn't work for you, then maybe you just need a good idea for a story in order to write one.  Type in "short story ideas" into google, and tons of websites will come up with prompts and ideas for writing a short story.  That will help quite a bit; a lot of the time, when people are stuck on writing stories, it's just because they don't have a good idea!  If you can find a cool idea that you are excited about, it will be much easier to write.

I hope those ideas jive with you; good luck!

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kars10b | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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I'm sure you are aware that this is a creative writing class, which definitely works in your favor. You should not feel alone about not wanting to write so personally about yourself; for some reason, many students tend to feel the same way. I would suggest you just have fun with your assignment. Since it's creative writing and your teacher has suggested you do a(n) (auto)biography, you should create a story "based" on your life. To jar your creativity, think about whether there is an animal you would like to be, or another person you think you could be. Take real elements from your own life, perhaps change some names around, and create the story. Maybe you could think of some things that you have always wanted to experience and imagine what you would do in those situations--let that tell the story. Use your imagination to come up with situations that other people have experienced, or experiences you'd like to encounter.

 

I hope you will just let your mind go, which is what I tell my students. Don't be afraid to imagine beyond boundaries. I promise you will do better than you expepected.

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