Get up and walk around the house, the porch, the deck, and/or the yard. Then write three pages about whatever comes to mind. Then sit down and write something you might be willing to share, building on your first efforts. Write out all the things you are afraid to do concerning your writing and your writing life. Spend the first five minutes thinking, jotting notes, clustering, doodling, gnashing your teeth, or wandering around, if you choose.
In this exercise we’re going to practice being present to what is around us and reflecting that present reality in our writing. You may choose the form: narrative or essay or dialogue.
Another variation of this exercise is to create your own word list, listing only words that in some way are significant to you as a person. Write about an incident in your past that you would like a chance to relive and do differently. Make a list: Start each phrase with “It would be crazy to.
Then, use this list as your jumping off place, following the same rules as those given above. Write in any form (poetry, drama, short story, nonfiction, memoir, etc.) a piece that incorporates the phrase, “Don’t pick up the phone.” A.
But all questions must be answered fully and honestly. Questions you might ask and answer: Why do I still do whatever it is?
Once you’ve finished with Phase One, go through all your answers carefully, expanding on them by answering the corresponding questions in Phase Two. The word can reflect something you always thought needed a word or it can be a set of sounds that trigger your imagination. Do I enjoy it, how have my feelings for the activity changed? Once you’ve completed this exercise, reread what you have written. Then, write the other side of the coin: Start each phrase with “It would be perfectly sane to. Is there a character or a situation worth pursuing farther? would likely put them in opposition to the first character you invented. Explore the differences of the two lists – either in an essay or poem or put two characters in a dangerous situation together where one is more likely to have said the “it would be crazy” statements and the other would be more likely to say their opposite. Put on a piece of music and write where it takes you. Full Name: Nicknames: Sex: Age: Height: Weight: Hair: Eyes: Skin: Posture: Appearance: Health: Birthmark: Abnormalities: Heritage: Where born: Where live: Favorite food: Favorite subject in school: Favorite game as child: Best memory: Worst memory: Smoke/Drink/Drugs Profile: Favorite section of newspaper: Favorite type of music: Last book read: Last movie seen: Morning or night person: Introvert/Extrovert: Indoor or outdoor person: Greatest fear: Closest friend: Dearest possession: Favorite season: Class: Occupation: Education: Family: Home Life: IQ: Religion: Community: Political Affiliation: Amusements/Hobbies: Reading Interests: Sex Life: Morality: Ambition: Frustration: Temperament: Attitude: Psychological Complexes: Superstitions: Imagination Word lists can sometimes be a great spur to creativity. Set your timer for ten minutes, then read the word list below and attempt to write something (a poem, a story, a short play) that contains all nine of these words. Pick one of your answers and recreate it into a story, an essay, a poem, a performance piece, that you would like to share. Think you might enjoy writing about some far-off place and time…or maybe even inventing an imaginary place and culture all your own? This ten minutes is for writing, not editing, not note taking, not planning. By telling about these events one after the other, just as they occurred, your story will satisfy a reader’s curiosity about what happens next. or I feel that as a writer I have something to say, but. Any type of narrative (or story) writing is built on a series of events. Try your hand at any one of them or use them as quick ten minute writing exercises. If you are stuck, start your sentences with something like, “I am afraid my writing will. More exercises will be added as time goes by, so please check this page periodically – the most recent prompts appear at the top.