Need a new character? A cup of coffee might be just what you need!

Writing is hard.

One of the reasons why writing is so hard is because, as writers, we need to be constantly coming up with new ideas. And sometimes that’s tough. Yes, we have our amazing writerly imaginations, but there are times when even that doesn’t seem to be enough.

There are lots of things we can do to help our imaginations along. Writing prompts and creative writing exercises are just some of those things (and you can follow Writers Cafe Auckland on social media to get your weekly fix of creative writing prompts and inspiration). In fact, if you look, you can find inspiration just about anywhere.

We’re currently sitting in Starbucks (because the actual Writers’ Cafe isn’t open yet) on Queen Street, working on the Writers’ Cafe website. When we arrived, we had a little giggle about the various ways our names have been mis-spelled on our drinks. Mine has, at worst, turned into ‘Kelly’, though that’s nothing in comparison to Julie’s experience on a trip to China, where she received her coffee in a cup with ‘foreigner’ scribbled on it.

But here’s a thought: why not take the mis-spelled name from your Starbucks coffee cup, and ask yourself who that could be. Who is Kelly, or who is the foreigner? What is she doing here? How is she feeling? What is she hoping for? What does she fear? What is going to happen to her when she leaves the cafe?

And there you have it: an interesting new character to write about.

And if you want to find out more about how to have ideas for writing, check out our upcoming workshops!


EllieCourse Co-ordinator