I’m taking a short (2-3 week) break from this blog in the wake of my father’s death. In the meantime, this previous post will direct you to a variety of writing exercises if you’re looking for a little creative fuel. For some of my more recent offerings, click on Writing Exercises or Photo Prompts.
As we head into the weekend, I’m offering a round-up of some 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, 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.
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