Learn how to see, hear and think like a writer with Writers’ HQ’s ideas-boosting online creative writing course, Seven Ideas in Seven Days. Designed to fit around everyday life and a busy schedule, wherever you are in the world, we’ll give you techniques and exercises for generating ideas and turning them into usable outlines for brilliant stories.

*Pershwing* And as if by magic, an idea appeared. No really, that’s how it works. Ideas come from your brain. It’s a facetious answer, but also the correct answer. Not that it necessarily helps you much right now.

Ideas are the bedrock of story writing (OBVIOUSLY). Sometimes they come thick and fast, and sometimes they seem to languish in the dank cellar of your subconscious and refuse to come out to play.

Throughout this course (which takes about a week, if you do one section per day), we’ll feed your brain with inspiration and help you to germinate those idea-seeds. Seedy ideas? Something like that.

Anyway, the course. We'll show you how to spot ideas in both the fantastic and the mundane; ply you with writing exercises to encourage those ideas to grow and bloom; give you a whole bunch of different techniques for presenting and mutating and developing your ideas into stories (or whatever), and generally help you get into the habit of THINKING CREATIVELY.

By the end of the course you will have seven brand new ideas that can be expanded into fully fledged stories, or inserted into existing stories to make them even betterererer.


  • Seven ideas that you can use, grow, nurture, or throw on the floor in frustration (then pick up again and hope no one saw)
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • A private student Facebook group to discuss ideas, techniques and get advice from your tutors and fellow writers
  • A LOVELY social media community of Writers HQers

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Day 1: Write about what you don't know


    • WATCH: Starting points

    • READ: Write about what you don't know

    • EXERCISE: Change the channel

  • 2

    Day 2: An author thought up a killer title, and you won’t believe what happens next

    • READ: Ideas from titles

    • EXERCISE: Fantasy book covers

  • 3

    Day 3: It starts with a kiss

    • READ: Doing the work

    • EXERCISE: Story seeds

  • 4

    Day 4: More than a feeling

    • READ AND WATCH: Relax your face

    • EXERCISE: Pick a feeling, any feeling

  • 5

    Day 5: Feed your brain - ask it questions

    • READ: Brain food

    • EXERCISE: Fill your brain, empty your brain

  • 6

    Day 6: Big idea/small idea

    • READ: Making the grade

    • EXERCISE: Put it all together

  • 7

    Day 7: A very tiny novel

    • READ AND DO: Make a giant literary baby