Topic: Creative Writing Invention Questions
Creative Writing Invention Questions
When you begin to invent a piece of creative writing (like a story or a poem), asking yourself questions can be a great way to get ideas flowing.
General Questions for Creative Writing
Is there a story or message or moral that I think others should hear?
Do I have any unique ideas or experiences that would be interesting and fun for me to write about?
How can I make my writing different and unique to me?
What makes me unique as a person? How can I show that through my writing?
Who is my favorite author? What is my favorite book or poem?
What does my favorite author/writer do in his/her work that I like? How can I do that too?
Questions For Inventing a Fictional Character
The following questions can help you create your own unique characters:
How old is the character?
What is the character’s greatest wish?
What is the character’s greatest fear?
What are the character’s hobbies?
Where does the character live?
What types of words does the character use? Does he/she speak differently than you do? If so, how?
How does the character look?
What does the character think about him/herself?
What do other people think about the character?
Where was the character at 10 minutes before the story begins?
What can the character see? What is the setting?
What is the character’s job?
Who is the character’s best friend?
Questions For Inventing a Poem or Prose Narrative About a Personal Experience
If you are writing about a personal experience, use these questions to remember the interesting details of that experience:
What did I see?
What did I hear?
What did I taste?
What did I smell?
What did I touch?
What did I imagine?
What did it remind me of?
Who else is in the story?
What emotions did I feel?