Whether you’re between stories or just stuck on the big thorn-in-your-side-but-still-your-baby project, it’s completely normal to feel stuck sometimes.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, writing is a muscle. So let’s give it a workout. I’m not talking a total-body destroyer, but just something to stretch and work it in a new way.
I’ve compiled a list of 25 different exercises below to help you do just that. Note that these are exercises, not prompts. Unlike prompts, exercises don’t have to turn into full-length stories or even readable pieces. They’re not about the final product. They’re about the process.
Describe someone you love through the eyes of a stranger.
Make up the first line of 15 different stories.
Write a love letter to one of your fictional/celebrity crushes. Dig deep into why you really love and connect with them.
Describe a holiday as though it were your first time experiencing its celebration
Go somewhere you’ve never been and sit. Write what you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.
Write the absolute worst poem you can and then describe why it’s terrible.
Find a photo on Pinterest/the Internet and write what’s happening in it.
Describe your dream meal in delectable detail.
What really happens when you jerk awake right before falling asleep?
Write a critique/review of your favorite book and post it. (I highly suggest GoodReads!)
Describe the smell of something that makes you wrinkle your nose.
Narrate from the point of view of an animal.
How many words is a certain picture worth?
Describe a sound you hear every day, but never pay attention to.
Write a list of 15 (unusual) metaphors about objects in your room/office.
Write a letter to your future or past self.
What does silence taste like?
Describe three different textures without using any adjectives relating to texture (i.e. smooth, rough, bumpy, etc.)
Go for a walk and write about your experience. Make it detailed.
Write something based on a song, but it has to be able to be read to the beat of the song.
Write about two characters arguing. You cannot use any dialogue.
Write something where you include the following phrases: “the moon,” “warm apple pie,” “warning you,” and “against my beliefs.”
Describe a color without ever saying what it is.
Describe the body language of the sassiest person you know.
Justify the horrific acts of a popular villain. Fictional or historical.
I created these exercises specifically to help you get into the right headspace for writing. They’re designed to hopefully get you thinking about creative approaches, characterization, showing instead of telling, and using your five senses.
If you find any of these exercises helpful or you create something with them, please share and tag me on Instagram. I’d love to hear what you’re creating, and I’ll give you a personal shoutout!
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