What is the goal of creative testing

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Do you like reading stories, but are you lacking ideas when you're supposed to be creative? Then try these seven writing tips.

German lessons are not always about interpretation, analysis and discussion. Now and then your own creativity is required. Most people find it difficult to come up with a short story or a poem. That's why we've put together a few tips to make creative writing easier for you.

Tip 1: Find your perfect place to write

Whether in a noisy café, in the park or at home at your desk - the perfect place to write is different for everyone. Find out which environment inspires you and where you can concentrate best. It can vary from day to day. Hear inside yourself which place your inner writer needs right now.

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Tip 2: Be aware of your environment and make use of it

Many authors find ideas in their immediate environment. Joanne K. Rowling has z. For example, the Hogwarts Magic School was inspired by the castle-like building in Edinburgh that housed their children's school. Though not the next one Harry Potter If you have to write, you can also make use of this technique. It's best to always have a small notebook or your smartphone with you so that you can write down ideas, conversations or particularly nice-sounding names straight away. Then you always have a source of inspiration when you want to write a creative text.

Tip 3: Warm up with a writing exercise

Sometimes you try so hard to come up with ideas that nothing works. It is therefore a good idea to start with a little writing exercise. It should have nothing to do with the actual topic at all. For example, you can open your favorite book at a random place and tap on a sentence with your eyes closed.

With this you start your little writing exercise. You continue the story and think about it in a whole new direction:

  • Which figures are added?
  • What are they going to do next?
  • What challenges does the main character face?

Write in ten to fifteenMinutes on what comes to mind.

Or you write a scene from the point of view of another character. Anything that gets creativity flowing is allowed.
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Tip 4: organize your ideas with a mind map

It is not for nothing that one speaks of “creative chaos”. In order to bring some structure into the many thoughts that are buzzing around in your head, you should create a mind map. In the middle is the topic on which you want to develop a text. Based on this, you arrange all the words that come to mind. Don't think too much about it. Just write down what comes to your mind. You can always delete what doesn't fit later.

Tip 5: put together a mood board

When writing creative texts, you can use a "mood board". This is a wall to which photos, pictures or even small objects can be attached to provide inspiration for writing. A mood board can be a classic pin board or a virtual wall, i.e. a compilation of photos on the computer that you look at while writing. Images that reflect emotions or moods that you can incorporate into your story are best.

Tip 6: Creativity comes when you write

So far you have done the preparatory work - now the actual writing begins. Breath deep. The fear of the blank sheet has already brought one or the other creative mind to despair. Dare to start writing. The fine work comes after that. Take enough time so that you can fully indulge in creativity. And if it doesn't work right away - it doesn't matter! Don't try to force it and try again later if you can't think of anything at the moment. But you will notice: creativity often comes with writing.

Tip 7: take your time to fine-tune

Completely exhausted, you look at your text after writing and would like to hand it in immediately. Perhaps because you think it is particularly successful, or because you have absolutely no desire or energy to read it again. But this is where the most important part of creative writing begins: the fine-tuning.

As you read, imagine that you do not yet know the text:

  • Are characters and places described in such a way that you can easily imagine them?
  • Where does something seem unclear to you?
  • Is the story told in an exciting way?

It usually also helps to get a second opinion. Ask a family member, boyfriend, or girlfriend if he or she will read your text as well. Be open to criticism, even if you don't like to hear it, especially when it comes to very personal short stories or poems. Always remember: Your text is a precious stone that has to be worked and cut until it shines.