Top Tips for Creative Writing

Firstly, enjoy what you write, have a passion for it and the words will come to you.

Choose a subject that either you know about or one that you’re happy to research.

Plan. Make a rough outline of the story so that you know which direction the story is headed. And much like a car journey, if you get lost you can refer back to your map!

Don’t ramble. In books and stories, every word counts, every word, sentence and paragraph is in there for a reason, so make it count.

Take your time. Unless you have a deadline, writing doesn’t need to be rushed. Let the stories run through your head and allow the characters to come alive.

The most important tip is to write for yourself!

This is a top tip Rachelle Gardner, literary agent

Take your time.

There’s no rush to get published.

The more time you spend writing, reading, and learning to be a better writer, the better things will go for you.

Don’t try to hurry it along.

Creative Writing: learning for fun

At Hoo’s Writing Corner, we believe in writing, any kind of writing, whether you’re writing for fun, or education, or both.  We believe that learning doesn’t have to come from a class textbook and can be taught practically from a variety of different resources – that’s why we created Hoo’s Writing Corner.

Each month our magazine is packed full of interesting and stimulating exercises.  Become a spy for the day and solve a mystery, or create a book cover and design your dream book.  The magazine has exercises to cover many different interests and each one hopes to stimulate creative minds.  The learner can read and write, so engrossed in their writing task, that they’ll actually forget that they’re learning English.

The benefits of creative writing; include engaging the creative side of the brain to come up with different scenarios, problem-solving, spelling and sentence construction, imagination as well as expressing emotions. 

What are you waiting for – start your creative journey today.

Early Christmas Gift

Everyone loves books. Relaxing, immersing yourselves in stories of horror, romance or a good mystery. They can take you to far off lands that you’ve yet to venture to, or throw you into a mystery story that you have to unravel.

But you like writing – so you can also conjure up tales to entertain your readers. You could send your characters up to space to solve a mysterious sighting, or set your story in the wild west. Or how about combining them both, have a western set in space?

Whatever story you choose, why not create a synopsis and use our book cover design to add a title and a short blurb, just download our free gift below. If the story really sticks in your mind, you may want to continue it and see where it goes!

If you enjoy this exercise, there are plenty more like this in our writing magazine.

Christmas Chills

Have you heard the latest?  This winter is going to be the coldest one we’ve had for a year?  While it’s great to be outdoors and enjoying the nature, National Trust anyone? – it’s sometimes even nicer to snuggle up in front of the fire with a nice hot chocolate, or mulled wine, and now that all the Christmas movies have started streaming, there is so much TV to watch.  But we don’t want to be watching screens all the time, so what else can we do?

Well, here’s a list for you.

  • Break out the Board Games.
  • Bake and Decorate.
  • Have a Dance Party.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle.
  • Do a Science Experiment.
  • Go on a Hunt.
  • Building – create a fort.
  • Create a cardboard city.
  • Play a card game, snap, eights, poker!
  • Make a skit.  Get a bunch of props and make a 3 minute show.
  • Indoor hopscotch, just get some frog tape for the floors.
  • Hide and seek.
  • Write.  Write poems, short stories, use any of our picture prompts.

Ready for the Holidays??

Don’t you just love the holidays, plenty of time to spend with the family, time for eating well and getting in that quality time?

But what do you do if the kids start getting bored?  Here are some fun ideas.

  • Decorate the house with Christmas snowflakes
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Get a bauble kit and decorate the festive tree with your homemade baubles
  • Handmake Christmas cards for close family and friends
  • Donate food to a local food bank
  • Make clay handprints as keepsakes
  • Elf on the shelve
  • Watch a Christmas film with popcorn
  • Play family games
  • Go on a Christmas light trail
  • Write a story…

This one is my favourite.

Can you make a festive story?

Write five words that you’d associate with Christmas, then write them into a story.  Your story can be as long as you want it to be.

How about this story idea;

The snow has fallen for days and days and Santa is struggling to climb out of his house.  Can you work out of a way to help him out in time for Christmas eve?

If you need more story prompts or exercises, our magazine is the perfect solution.

Ho Ho Ho

Hands up who has put their Christmas tree up already? Doesn’t it just put you in the mood for cheer and merriment? The sparkly lights lifting your mood and reminding you, that yes, in the middle of the pandemic, we do have things to look forward to, even if those things may look a little different this year. It’s about adjusting your perspective and looking at the things you can do, rather than the things that you can’t.

So, checklist:

Christmas tree up
Christmas stockings at the ready
Food order, delivery slot booked
Festive games thought up and ready for the big day
Presents…. Finished?

If you’re like me, you’ll have bought most of your gifts already, but there’s always just that last gift or so…

A designer bag for her?
How about a relaxing seat massager for him?
Or a puzzle for the kids?

Or how about something unusual, there’s always a subscription to our writing magazine?

This year’s Christmas edition is packed full of exciting exercises. Become a spy and solve a crime, or how about writing a script for a top TV producer who just can’t decide the ending of his film! There are plenty of festive writing games, as well as inspiring stories written by our subscribers. Give the gift of writing, where teens can escape in their imaginations for hours.

Happy shopping!

Obsessed about Christmas

We love Christmas, we get excited about it all year round, even buying presents earlier and earlier so they’re all bought and wrapped before the end of November. This year, in particular, will be even more important, the chance to finally celebrate with those loved ones we’ve missed so much.

Let’s make this one memorable! Add more twinkly lights to get the ambience just right, add magical decorations, even getting the kids involved. Why not add snowman tree hangers covered in glitter and sequins and have a crafts day with the kids to make cards and decorations, who doesn’t love the personal touch when they receive a card?

How about trying some Christmas writing. Use this as a story prompt,

The night before Christmas we……  

Can you finish the sentence?

How about writing a Christmas poem?

We have loads of fun-filled Christmas writing tasks in our December edition… out soon!! 

‘Tis the season to be jolly

Bring on the Christmas cheer

December is almost upon us.  More and more sparkly lights start to appear and that only means one thing… Christmas is coming!

So, unless you’re the kind of person that’s so organised that all your gifts are bought and wrapped come December, it’s time to head either to the shop (soon!) or online.  With more and more people selecting local smaller businesses, it’s time to head away from Amazon and support your friendly local businesses. 

What do you get the children who have everything?  Well, how about the gift of creativity?   Do they have wonderful minds for make-belief, immersing themselves in different and exciting worlds?  If so, our writing magazine makes the perfect gift, providing hours of entertainment to fill the months of colder weather, where all you really want to do is snuggle down by the fire.  See their eyes lit up as they pore over the engaging exercises. 

Our exercises are suitable for ages 6-15 and cover all levels, we set stimulating tasks and your child can complete it whatever writing level they are at.

Come and join us on our writing journey.  We have a rolling membership, 3 or 6-month membership or just a one-off. Check out the options here.

Merry Christmas.

August Magazine out NOW!

We hope you’re enjoying the summer holidays. We all know that this year isn’t going to be quite the same as all the other year’s, foreign holidays look unlikely for most. But with that in mind, we’ve created a mini booklet featuring 50 exciting activities to entertain the kids this summer. At some point, the kids will bound to be saying those two little words we dread, ‘I’m bored!’ So we hope that these ideas will help you out!

Not only are we giving away our booklet, but we’re also throwing in a book cover mini activity pack. The kids can delve into the world of publishing as they design a book cover and story to go with it.

Keep those brains busy this summer. Get your copy today.