Tell your own Winter Tale

Creative writing can be a great way to improve your mental health. This is because it encourages people to choose words, metaphors and images in a way that really captures what they’re trying to convey.

This creative decision-making can lead to increased self-awareness and self-esteem as well as improved mental health.

Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some writing prompts you can use to get you going!

Edinburgh in winter reminds me of …

It was a snowy day by the castle …

The best thing about winter in Edinburgh is …

Describe an Edinburgh winter as if it were a person. What is it like? How does it dress? Who are its friends? Let your imagination run wild.

Write from the point of view of a snowflake falling to earth. What sights does it see as it falls over Edinburgh?

If winter is something you tolerate instead of celebrate, what makes it pass easier for you?

Share your story with us!

We’d love to hear some of your creative writing pieces, or any prompts that have inspired a story. Please send them to us at or share them on Twitter #iThrive.

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