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Creative writing

How to write your own stories

Are you a budding David Walliams or the next J. K. Rowling? Then you’re in the right place!

Unleash your inner author with our creative writing ideas. Find out how to come up with story ideas, plan your story, write exciting characters, and edit your story to give it that final polish. You can even watch some of your favourite authors reveal their top tips on the Oxford Owl YouTube channel.

Write your best story ever!

Author Christopher Edge gives us his top 10 tips to create your most amazing story yet.

Top 10 writing tips

How to find story inspiration

Every story starts with a flash of inspiration. But how can you find that spark?

Find inspiration for your story

Develop characters for a story

Dream up some page-turning protagonists with these fun and creative activities.

4 ways to develop characters for a story

Creative writing videos

Take a look at our YouTube playlist of creative writing tips, featuring amazing authors such as Malorie Blackman, Gill Lewis, and Ali Sparkes.

Find the perfect words

Find out how to write similes that shine like the sun and wield weird, wonderful words.

Find the perfect words for your story

Creative writing challenge

Read Harriet Muncaster’s top tips, download her guide to writing stories, and join in with her challenge.

Harriet’s creative writing challenge

How to edit a short story

Editing can turn a good story into a great one. Here’s how to polish your story to perfection!

3 top tips for editing a story