Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Welcome back, HoneyScribblers! Today's post is all about writing exercises, and how to make your writing more stronger using them! Without further ado, read on and enjoy!
Grab a blank page or open a blank document and begin writing. Just like that. Without thinking, no editing, no pauses. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, calls this free writing, and recommends that writers do this as soon as they wake up to allow their imagination to run wild and formulate intriguing ideas that may have possibly been developed by dreams.
Change the perspective of a story. You can do this by grabbing a book and writing from any scene from a different character's point of view. This helps you understand one of the many ways a story can be told differently. Another way you can change the perspective is keeping the same character's POV but changing the scene/chapter from first person to third person, or the other way around.
Find writing prompts from google or social media (I have plenty of prompts specific to a situation/genre on my Instagram writing account @hxneyscribbles, so you should definitely check those out!) These story starters can help you exercise your creativity and think outside of the box every once in a while.
Blog! You can do what I'm doing and make it a regular habit to practice your writing!
Pick a book from your shelf and go to the page number corresponding to your birthdate (so for example: my birthday is on the second day of my birth month, so I would go to page 2). Then, read the first sentence and write a poem or short story that connects to that line. If it's a line of dialogue, simply include that line in your writing exercise. If it's a description, centre your story around it. If it's a feeling, expand on the character's emotions and be as creative as you want to be!
Write a description of the room you're in from the POV of one of your original characters. What would the character notice first? What would they like, or find odd? Don't just describe the room; describe the attitude and feelings of the character. Most of all, keep it in THEIR character voice.
Make your protagonist write a letter to their younger self. What would they write? What lessons did they learn? How have they changed since then? Once again, make sure to stick to your protagonist's voice, not yours.
Write a scene where one of your characters is talking to a stranger. Then, write a scene where the same person is talking to someone they love/know very well. Notice how their behaviour changes to learn about the development of your character.
Describe each day of the week as if it were a person. Give them a unique voice, a set of personality traits, a job, and some personal goals. Then, write a story about them.
Close your eyes and write down five random adjectives. Now write down four nouns. Now three verbs. Two names. One adverb. Now open your eyes. Challenge yourself to write a 500–1000 word short story based off these words, and these words alone.
That's all for today, HoneyScribblers! Let me know if you try any of these, and remember to have fun with it :)
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That's all for today! Let me know if you try any of these, and remember to have fun with it :)
I'll see you in the next post <3 Until then xx