Creative writing projects are a great way to unwind and destress. Quite often, thinking of creative writing exercises might bring back middle school memories. However there are plenty of writing projects for adults which are designed for the purpose of good wellbeing and self-care.
The Covid-19 epidemic has affected people globally. Never before on such a massive scale, have people needed to collectively start prioritising self-care in order nurture their mental health. Understandably as the Lockdown eases in some areas, many of us are still cautious about going out and feeling restless and anxious at home
Below I have listed 5 creative writing project ideas for adults to help foster mental well-being. The benefits of embarking on what need not be more than 10-minute writing exercises, are endless.
These benefits include but are not limited to:
Allowing you to be productive
Improving your writing skills
Contributing to improved mood
Fostering a sense of achievement
Allowing for escapism
Below are some writing prompts to get your project underway.
1. Diary Writing
You could kickstart this project off by thinking about a really good memory or time in your life. The objective here is to give you a boost and build on your positive feelings. Dig deep to find a memory of a self-affirming or euphoric moment in your life which boosted your self-esteem and overwhelmed you with feelings of wellbeing. Once you have immersed yourself in that memory you will find yourself present in it. You might even laugh or smile.
Alternatively you could start a themed diary writing project which zooms in on one particular time in your life. It could be when you went to school or college. It could be around a time when you were socialising around a particular group of people. Think of that lived experienced through sounds, smell, sight and your feelings at the time. Now write about it!
2.Short Story Writing in a Genre you Enjoy
Ever wanted to write a short story solely for your own enjoyment? Now would be a great time to start to write on a pet project for the sole purpose of your own entertainment. Why not start now? As you’d be writing for yourself, you wouldn’t have to worry about reader expectations. Therefore the story can go wherever you want it to! Have fun.
If you are unsure how to start, check out these detailed tips here.
3.Write a Monologue
Think about a topic you are passionate about. Really passionate. Then write a monologue on it. Let loose- remember this is for you only, NOT an audience. Nobody has to ever see it. Be as cynical or dry as you want to. Take the time to express yourself. To take it a step further you could film yourself reading it.
Some topic ideas to consider…
A memorable experience you had
A cultural reference
4.Set aside your free time to write some affirmations regarding your writing.
Examples for writers might be:
I am proactive
I am productive
I am prolific
I engage my readers
And so on…
5.Write a blog article for yourself. The more random the better!
Here you get to let loose on the most obscure or mundane (to others) topic. It could be something as silly as why you don’t find ice-cream refreshing on a hot summer’s day or an unpopular opinion such as why you wish people would just leave the Friends sitcom in the 90’s.
Why not give yourself some reflective self-care that also sharpens your writing pen by embarking on one of the projects above.
Have you ever embarked on a personal writing project for yourself? Would you consider doing it? Let me know in the comments below!