Collection of Different Types of Creative Writing Exercises
What does a marathon runner do to prepare for the big day? They train. They condition. Well, as a writer there isn't much running to do but as all published authors know, writing a novel is like running a marathon. To stay sharp while typing away use some of these exercises to train and condition your brain.
Below is a list of some pretty cool creative writing exercises. Whether you're trying to get out of a writing slump, stuck on dialogue, or just want to brush up on your skills, these are some great tools to use to perfect your craft.
Dictionary Drama: Pick three random words from your dictionary. Write something with these three words in it.
This is me: Write about someone you wanted to be like. Use this opportunity to describe the person in great detail. Who knows? This might become the main character in your next novel.
It’s in The News: Newspapers and magazines provide great ideas. Pick an article from a newspaper or magazine and use it to inspire a story or poem. You could also write a letter to the editor in response to the article.
Picture Please: Pick an old photograph or picture in a magazine. Study it for a few moments and write something about it. Who is in the picture? How old are they? Where are the headed? What has just happened to them? Why are they in the picture? What else can you see in the picture that could be important? What about a title?
Doodle Chart: Design a doodle chart about yourself or someone you know in your journal. Make some basic drawings or sketches and label them. People should be able to learn something about you when they look at it.
Like and Dislikes: Make a list of your likes and dislikes in your journal. Use them to write a poem or a short descriptive piece. Keep them updated.
Proverbs and Quotations: Pick a proverb or quotation. Make sure that you understand its meaning and use it to write a story, essay or poem.
Food: Man must eat. Describe the detail in a set table or pick a certain food and use it to inspire a story or poem. Why do people eat certain foods? Where do people eat? What foods are associated with festive occasions?
Weather: You always see authors describing weather between scenes, so how about practicing writing about weather. Write about something that you have experienced where weather has played a major part?
Who am I?: Write about something without using the exact word. End off the paragraph with the words “Who am I?” When you are finished give it to someone else to read. Do they know what you mean?
Turn a poem into a short story: For someone like me that is so NOT up-to-speed with poetry. This is a fun one. A poem uses tight language to convey emotional or intellectual ideas in an imaginative and new way. A single poem can provide a rich source of creative writing ideas for fiction writers who can use specifics in the poem as a starting point for a narrative.
Name That Character: I'm totally doing this one next Friday night with my friends. I do this all the time. I'll give people names or make up names for them even if I know what their names are. I can pretty much take credit for most people's nicknames and all of the pets I've ever owed. Look at a photograph of a person. The photographs can be close up headshots, distance shots, or activity shots. Suggest a name for the character, based on whatever they can learn or intuit from the image.
I hope these are some helpful events for all the struggling wordsmiths out there. Happy Writing!
Jeanette Pekala is the author of Culture Shock Series, a YA Paranormal series.
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