This exercise is an opportunity to explore a different side of yourself by experiencing yourself through the eyes of another.
Much of the time, we are stuck in our own limited perspectives — we have our habitual way of seeing ourselves and that’s it. On occasion, we are open to … Read more
You are so weird!
Thank God for that.
Here is an opportunity to sing the praises of a quirky facet of your individuality.
We are all made up of a mishmash of habits, beliefs, traits and preferences. Plus a given quantity of ineffable something.
How does this unique aspect … Read more
For this exercise, you get to retell a story that at some point has been told to you by someone else.
We all have stories we carry around. Some of these stories come from our own experience and others are those that have been shared to us by someone else. … Read more
This writing exercise takes you from a very general idea to a more fleshed-out draft or outline.
What you need to begin
- A rough idea of what you’d like to write
- Twenty minutes or so
- If your rough idea is a single statement, break it into three parts.
- Use these
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This exercise will only take about fifteen minutes but it’s guaranteed to make your day.
It involves spending a few minutes now to write a letter that will get delivered to yourself in the future.
Think of it as an electronic time capsule. A secret message you can send into … Read more
There is a lot of value when artists are magpies, collecting, listening, mimicking. Trying their hand at different things.
This exercise is about remixing, collecting, gathering, playing with existing stories. Doing your version of something just as an experiment.
The opportunities here are endless.
I find the mimicking and copying … Read more
Interesting things emerge from inviting opposites into the same space.
Delicious recipes often involve stirring together very different ingredients.
This is the kind of freewriting exercise that is as much about stirring up potential material as it is about simply getting into a state. Just as a singer needs to … Read more
Images are a great resource for writers to take advantage of.
With tools like Pinterest and Google Image Search, it’s trivial to dig up all sorts of useful images relevant to just about any element of a story.
For example, one great way to work on a novel with a … Read more
Writers are fortunate to have all sorts of different descriptive tools to label the things we do and how we use language to give shape to our thoughts and feelings.
This article introduces a couple of useful distinctions. They sound more complicated than they really are. They sound complicated because … Read more
What is a transition?
Transitional words and phrases are like little bits of logical padding that show how different subjects are connected.
Examples of transitional words:
- in essence
- in conclusion
- for instance
- in particular
- in truth
- as a result
. . .plus a zillion … Read more