From the 5th September 2017, the first 25 Students to enroll to Duncans Creative Writing Courses will NOT BE CHARGED! - Yep, FREE! Courses will commence on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 am to 11 am.

Creative writing is the broadest category of English applications. It has as many varieties as there are original ideas. In other words, it is endless. The quickest way into creative writing is through Brainstorming, or Mindmapping. This is where the unconscious mind (the huge reservoir of knowledge possessed by all of us) is called upon by the conscious mind to do what it does best – free-flow with ideas associated with a theme or topic.                                              

To begin with write the key word or phrase in the centre of a blank page, and circle it. Run six straight lines out from the perimeter of that circle. Without consciously thinking about the key, just write the first thing that comes to your mind at the end of each of the lines. Do not debate with yourself how silly an idea may be – just write it down. If you end up with ten or even twenty things, that is fine. You will be doing some refining later. From these six, ten or more “primary” ideas, choose three or four that really stand out by appealing most to your imagination. Once again, do not discuss or debate these with yourself – first impressions are usually the best, and closest to the truth.

This next step is the most important in the process, and one which very few writing advisors encourage. Use each of these primary ideas in the centre of another Mind Map as a key word, and repeat the process above as if each was as important as the main key word. Once again do not discuss/ debate with yourself how much or little your new ideas have to do with the main topic. Just let it run its own course, and write down anything and everything that your un/subconscious mind throws up to you.

So you should now have something that looks a bit like this rough copy from a project which I was recently working on:




You now have a catalogue of some 15 to 20 subject areas from which to choose the direction of your writing. Ten minutes ago you were stuck for ideas about what to write. Now you have to ask yourself how you select from this huge range of ideas, to focus on what you think is important enough to write about.

Depending upon the size of the piece you are writing you might choose three, four, or more of these sub-topics to form the body of your writing. You can now write topic sentences for the paragraphs, chapters or volumes of your unfolding literary (or otherwise) masterpiece.

Links to a couple of Duncan’s published items follow:



This is a tiny thumbnail introduction to the craft of creative writing. Classes designed for specific applications, and general creative writing courses are available.

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