Weekend Writing Flow

As we head into the weekend, I’m offering a round-up of the writing exercises I’ve created for this blog. Most of them can be done in 15 minutes—or take longer if you’re inspired!

Use a word pile to create something tasty

Combine a random image and a line of text to create a new writing prompt

Turn your life into a movie, a bubblegum card, a fortune cookie…

Use a clincher detail to create a vivid character in just one sentence

Gather words you find sprinkled throughout your day and turn them into something new

Try one of these five exercises to shake up your muse

Get creative with lists

Turn something old into a new piece of writing

Use the environment to reflect a significant change in a character’s life

Craft compelling first and last sentences

Create a sensory collage

Try one of these 10 ideas to get your muse out of neutral

Dream up some metaphors

Use this prompt as a launching pad into creativity

Compile a thesaurus of the senses

Create a thesaurus of memories

Turn found words and phrases into something new

Embrace your bad writing

Transform a creative block into a character (with another example here)

Write a haiku about creativity

Create a faux-history for a random item

Dive into this word pool to write about a physical, emotional or creative journey

For bloggers—create a poem using search engine terms

You’ll also find photo prompts here, herehere, here and here, and some 5-minute creative quickies here.

And, if you want to work on something larger, write the story of your life with a series of 6-word memoirs.

Copyright © Sandy Ackers, Strangling My Muse: Struggling to Live a Creative Life in a Stressful World, http://www.stranglingmymuse.com

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5 Responses to “Weekend Writing Flow”


  1. 1 Michelle Hedgecock July 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    you rock 🙂 I write so much more because of your fabulous inspiration and creative morsels!!!

    • 2 stranglingmymuse July 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Wow, thanks, Michelle! What a nice compliment to send me into the weekend! Now go write something fantastic…

      ~Sandy

  2. 3 Syed Mohammad Qasim July 10, 2010 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely idea to use weekend creatively .Sandy ….its a compe;;ing piece of words …………I am surely going to try few of these .How are you doing ?/

    Keep inspiring .

    Syed

  3. 4 K a b l o o e y July 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    So when are you going to start a writers’ retreat weekend so we can all drink wine and write from our porch chairs overlooking, um, a vista of some sort. (Oh yeah, I’m a writer.) Anyway, I’ll go along. Can there be hammocks, ice cream and makye some gentle kayaking? And writing. Almost forgot the writing.

  4. 5 stranglingmymuse July 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Syed, I’m glad you’re going to try a few of these exercises — I hope they give you some inspiration! I’m doing well, life continues at a rapid clip and I always work hard to sneak in moments of creativity! I hope you’re well, and best of luck with all your writing!

    Kablooey, I wouldn’t be surprised if I wind up doing that one of these days. I do like your vision of the retreat — especially the ice cream, wine and hammocks! I will definitely need you to help me come up with even more delicious indulgences to intersperse with our writing when the time comes!

    ~Sandy


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