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Creative Writing Part 1: Ideas

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  • Length: 20:54
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  • Posted: 03/31/2009

Michelle Stimson, an author and instructor, helps you to determine what ideas to develop for your creative writing. Michelle explains why being passionate about the idea(s) you settle on is important, and walks you through a list of ways and places to find inspiration for your work. She will also help you to critically evaluate your ideas as you build them into stories, reminding you to apply the "5 W's" (who, what, when, where, why) to your work.

This is lesson 1 of 6 in the Creative Writing series of lessons. See the others:
Part 2, Plot & Organization: http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/2034
Part 3, Character & Viewpoint: http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/2040
Part 4, Voice & Word Choice: http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/2039
Part 5, Dialogue & Description: http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/2042
Part 6, Getting Published: http://www.mindbites.com/lesson/2043

Do you have the next great American novel sitting in your desk drawer – or in your head? Ever read a book and thought to yourself, “Why didn’t I write this?” If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you owe it to yourself to join national bestselling author and reading/writing instructor Michelle Stimpson, M.Ed., for this intense workshop, preparing you to take your writing to the next level! Who knows? Maybe YOU are sitting on the next bestseller! This session covers the most important aspect - ideas - and includes a handout. It was recorded at a face-to-face workshop session.

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About this Author

Michelle Stimson
Michelle Stimson
6 lessons
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03/31/2009

Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults.

In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), Breaking Bondage to Biscuits, The Good Stuff and Trouble In My Way. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational...

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_blu
Making Things Clear
01/10/2010
~ Vicki1

I just want to say thanks to Mrs.Stimpson for clearing up so many questions I had on how to really get started on your work. Many times I have began chapters and then run into dead ends. With the info from this segment, it helped me to identify where I need to brainstorm.How to organize those ideas and how to perhaps really develop the characters and the idea I have initially for my storylines! Wheww, that is huge! I usually get frustrated with my characters and then have to take a break. The questions you encouraged us to ask ourselves before even beginning a story will help me create and define better broader characters.People who perhaps have much more depth than I otherwise would have given them. I so appreciate this Creative Writing part 1. It got the juices flowing.
Much gratitude.
Vicki

Ht1979_homepage
Super helpful
04/09/2009
~ hmt79

I'm never short of ideas, but this lesson helped me better understand how I should evaluate them and how I should think about developing them so I know which are keepers and which ones can be kicked to the curb. :)

Nopic_blu
Making Things Clear
01/10/2010
~ Vicki1

I just want to say thanks to Mrs.Stimpson for clearing up so many questions I had on how to really get started on your work. Many times I have began chapters and then run into dead ends. With the info from this segment, it helped me to identify where I need to brainstorm.How to organize those ideas and how to perhaps really develop the characters and the idea I have initially for my storylines! Wheww, that is huge! I usually get frustrated with my characters and then have to take a break. The questions you encouraged us to ask ourselves before even beginning a story will help me create and define better broader characters.People who perhaps have much more depth than I otherwise would have given them. I so appreciate this Creative Writing part 1. It got the juices flowing.
Much gratitude.
Vicki

Ht1979_homepage
Super helpful
04/09/2009
~ hmt79

I'm never short of ideas, but this lesson helped me better understand how I should evaluate them and how I should think about developing them so I know which are keepers and which ones can be kicked to the curb. :)

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