Archive for the ‘Writing Exercise’ Category

Writing Exercise – Surprise Me

Surprise Me – This exercise needs a minimum of two people, but the more you have participating, the better. By exchanging ideas you’ll be able to explore topics you may not have thought of.

Each writer takes a piece of paper and writes down a short idea.

Fold up the paper.

Put the paper in a box or other container.

Each writer picks an idea. (Draw again if you select your own.)

Use the idea you receive as a starting point for your short story.

At the end of the session, or the next day, share the short story and the idea that inspired it.

The best part of this writing exercise is the element of surprise!

Back in the Saddle

I haven’t posted in several weeks. One thing after another happened in the month of June, but now The Starving Writer is Back!

To get us going I thought a writing exercise would be in order.

Character Building Exercise

Describe your characters favorite drink. Why is it their favorite? Does their favorite drink change when the seasons do or when they keep different company?

Have a great writing day.

Character Writing Exercise

Summer Fun

Summer Reading

Character Writing Exercise

Your character has been stranded on an island after a ship wreck. He and one other person survived. They have been stranded for thirty days and there is only one day of food left. What does your character do?

This is a fun exercises and writing prompt really. You can take one of your existing characters and put them in this situation and see how they react. You can discover a lot about your character by putting them in a stressful situation. Also the other person can be male or female. How would your character act in those two different situations?

Have a great day and happy writing.

Imagery Writing Exercises

freeimage-4294575A successful image plugs the reader right into the story. They can feel, hear, see and even smell what’s going on. You want your reader to be completely immersed in your story as if they are a part of it.

Consider the two following lines. “Clara was weak.” versus, “Clara was unable to heave her body from the chair.”

Which one of these statements makes you want to know more or what happens next?

It’s now time to practice creating images that give your writing a boost. Rewrite these four statements with imagery.

I hate cauliflower.

Her shirt was a mess.

The sun is bright.

His room is messy.

Now that you have the hang of this, pull out a draft of something you’ve been working on and try to make vague lines more vivid with imagery.

Have a great day writing.

I remember my first … Journal Writing Exercise

I remember my first …

We have all had a life time full of firsts. The first time we rode a bike, first day of school, first trip to the coast, first date, first kiss, first job, and so forth. Our lives are full of experiences but there’s something about the first time you do something that really sticks with you. Think about a first that really stands out for you. Write everything you can remember about that first. Who was there, what you were feeling, the weather, events leading up to the first, etc. Don’t hold back. Let the experience of the first flow over and through you. Give every detail you can remember.

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Have a great day and happy writing.

Letter Writing Memoir Writing Exercise

Art by Cikada

Art by Cikada

Letter Writing Exercise to free the story within you.

Choose an event from your past. Write a letter to someone you know and tell them about the event. Address the letter Dear ____, then begin to tell your story. Consider the person you are addressing, and tell the story as you would tell it to them in person. Explain to them why it’s important to you that you’re telling them this story. This personalizes the story and makes it familiar to you and your reader.

Once you’ve written your letter sit back and take a deep breath. Let the breath out slowly. How do you feel about telling this story to this specific person? Did you let it all hang out or were you holding things back? Would you have told the story differently if it were someone else you were writing the letter to?

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Have a great day and happy writing.

Ten Questions to Ask Your Characters

Why should you care what your characters want? Don’t you tell them what they want? Unfortunately the answer is, you can’t tell your character anything. They’re just like kids. You may have created the character but it takes on a life of its own. So it’s important to figure out what your character wants. Finding out this information is important to moving your story forward and engaging your reader.

You don’t want to go easy on your character when you’re asking them questions. The questions you want to ask should generate answers that surprise you. Here are some questions you can ask your character.

When was the last time you were happy?

Tell me about your first pet?

When was the first time you got drunk? Tell me about it?

What one act in your past are you most ashamed of?

What in your past are you most proud of?

What do you pretend to care strongly about to impress people or gain acceptance?

What frightens you the most?

What are you scared of losing?

What is your favorite movie? What do you tell people your favorite movie is?

Where do you go to be yourself?

Here is the one question you shouldn’t ask your character. Are you ready for it?

What do you want?

You will not get any useful information that way.

Have fun exploring and digging deeper into your characters. You and your readers will be happy you did.