Today, I’d like to share a little writing exercise I do to help me feel more creative and jump start my writing. It only takes 10 minutes (but you can choose to change the time you spend on it if you wish).
To begin, I decide on one of the following:
- The beginning sentence of a story.
- The final sentence of a story.
- One sentence synopsis of a story.
- The first line of a poem.
- The final line of a poem.
- One sentence description.
This is usually whatever suits my writing needs at the time.
The next thing I need is a prompt word or image. Sometimes I get these off other WordPress sites; sometimes I take them from things I’ve read; sometimes I use an object in my room; and sometimes I use something I saw or overheard during the day. This becomes the thing that I will write about.
I then pick up a pen and a piece of paper, and set my phone to time me for five minutes. I’ll then write as many different examples as I can from that prompt within that time, and stop after the five minutes are up.
Then I’ll put the paper aside, and I won’t look at it again for a few days. Once those days are up, I’ll go back to what I wrote and decide which sentences/lines/descriptions to use and develop further, and which to abandon.
Often, what was supposed to be a first or last line becomes something completely different. The fun thing about this exercise, other than the way it helps me to generate writing ideas, is that I can see just how many different things I can come up with from a single prompt. It’s really useful!
Let me know if you give this a try, and tell me if it works for you!