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Writing Exercises
« on: September 01, 2015, 04:48:47 PM »
I came across these writing exercises which I thought would be kind of neat for those that want to get into the habit of writing (in hopes of maybe writing a novel somday) but didn't know how to start.  You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login.




    • Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write.
    • Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for.
    • Write a setting based on the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen.
    • Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are.
    • Write a 20-line poem about a memorable moment in your life.
    • Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and write a short story (no more than 1000 words) using those as bookends to your story.
    • Write a letter to yourself telling you what you need to improve in the coming 6 months.
    • Rewrite a fairy tale from the bad guy’s point of view.
    • Turn on your TV. Write down the first line that you hear and write a story based on it.
    • Go sit in a public place and eavesdrop on a conversation. Turn what you hear into a short love story (no matter how much you have to twist what they say).
    • Write the acknowledgments page that will be placed in your first (next?) published book, thanking all the people who have helped you along the way.
    • Gather everything you’ve written over the previous 11 days. Pick your favorite. Edit it, polish it and either try to get it published or post it on the Web to share with the world. Be proud of yourself and your work.
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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 05:54:43 PM »
    This looks like a fun list! I love writing but I honestly seem to have lost my writing mojo in the last few years. Hoping that a few of these ideas will re-motivate me and get me back on track!

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #2 on: September 01, 2015, 06:35:14 PM »
    I won't try all of them, but there are quite a few that I'm interested in. Thanks for sharing. I really need some inspiration right now.

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #3 on: September 01, 2015, 08:36:59 PM »
    Those are fantastic ideas when you need some inspirations! My mind is racing right now reading though these ideas as they are such fun start ups.


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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #4 on: September 01, 2015, 09:46:58 PM »
    I totally agree with you, and these are not only excellent ideas but inspiring exercises that may contribute effectively to attain our writing goals.

    Now that September is just starting, it may be worth to save these exercises to keep them in mind on a daily basis.

    Thanks a lot for sharing them with us @thatnewmommy :)

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #5 on: September 01, 2015, 10:41:12 PM »
    There are some interesting writing exercises that I might have to try out. I guess in an ideal world it would be good to have them critiqued in some shape or form. Otherwise you could well be practicing something very badly.

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #6 on: September 02, 2015, 12:21:20 AM »
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    There are some interesting writing exercises that I might have to try out. I guess in an ideal world it would be good to have them critiqued in some shape or form. Otherwise you could well be practicing something very badly.

    That's a good point actually about potentially practicing something badly - I guess if you're doing it badly when you don't have any assessment/critique it could be a bit of a recipe for disaster!

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #7 on: September 02, 2015, 06:15:01 AM »
    I'm so happy you guys can use this.  If I knew, I would've posted more earlier on.  I saw this yesterday but I have a notebook full of prompts tucked away.


    Depending on the genre, I can read and review.  But, it's me.  Honest me.  You'd need the skin of a rhino. ;) :D ;D ;D


    @MyDigitalPoint and others...practice in September and the do NaNoWriMo.  LOL  I have triued two years but can't ever finish.  This year (and last actually) I don't (and didn't) even try.   :-\

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #8 on: November 07, 2015, 08:34:37 AM »
    These are all great!

    I have to give some of these a shot, I feel like writing exercise are great for improving as writer, but are often looked past.

    My favorite writing exercise is writing a 250 word opening SENTENCE to a short story. Hard, but really good.

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #9 on: November 12, 2015, 07:11:52 PM »
    OOOH. Writing exercises! Thank you so much for posting these. Myabe some of them will give my muse a jump start.

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #10 on: November 12, 2015, 09:19:09 PM »
    Thank you for sharing those awesome tips. Very relevant and helpful. :)

    I am also interested in creative writing, and I always look for ways/methods to hone my skills in writing.

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    Re: Writing Exercises
    « Reply #11 on: November 12, 2015, 10:41:34 PM »
    Sitting at a Cafe and 'eavesdropping' works well with wonders for me. I did a 750 historical/ humor article once at a writing challenge competition. It won a Second Place. That's something! Writing in forums needs concentration, as well. I get more involved and engaged with reality in my writing when I'm in a restaurant of cafe.

    Also, I bought myself a mug that says, "I'm a Writer!" Good boost for my morale. :-)

    Thank you for the tips! I've learned so much.  8)
    « Last Edit: January 26, 2016, 08:27:10 PM by GrannySmith »

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