Thursday: Writing Exercises

Hey there everyone! Before I start, I just have to say something quickly: Due to lack of time, now and in the foreseeable future, I will be cutting down my number of posts per week to (hopefully) three or four. Sorry about that.

Anyway, moving on to the actual post. As it’s Thursday, I am sharing some more writing exercises. As usual, there are some that I’ve tried, and some that I haven’t. Here they are.

Exercise #1: Fifty-Headed Hydras

It’s kind of a strange name, I know — it supposedly comes from an experience had with this challenge. I’ll explain a bit more of that in a minute. Here’s what you do:

1) Set a timer for five minutes

2) Write as fast as you can for five minutes — no backspacing or anything of the sort. Your goal is to reach 500 words in those 5 minutes. [Note: they don’t have to be good words, or even coherent ones.]

3) If you make it, congratulations! If you don’t, try again. [This step is completely optional. I rarely manage to do it, and I don’t usually try again if I fail, to be honest.]

The point of this is to get you into writing again, and to hopefully give you some inspiration. It forces you to get ideas down really quickly, which I’ve found can be helpful.

Oh, yeah, before I forget: the name supposedly came from the one who first attempted this challenge — in which fifty-headed hydra were the only words spelled correctly.

Exercise #2: Random Scenarios

This could also be called, What If? questions. And the name kind of explains itself. You just come up with random what if? questions, and write about them. Here are the “steps,” if you need them.

1) Come up with a What if? question.

2) Write a short (or long, if you want) scene based off that question.

That’s it, really. This is one I haven’t tried before, but hopefully doing this will help to get you writing and generate some ideas!

Exercise #3: Inanimate Objects

This one could actually go two ways — I’ll share both.

Possibility #1

1) Choose an inanimate object — whatever you want.

2) Write a story from the point of view of that object.

[Note: yes, this is kind of similar to another idea I’ve posted previously. That’s why I’m sharing both possible ways to do it.]

Possibility #2

This one is sort of similar to Exercise #2 — here’s what you do.

1) Write a what if question, but concerning a specific inanimate object.

2) Write a story about that object — whether it is from the object’s POV or not is up to you.

Alright, finally is our daily writing dare.

Writing Dare

Warp reality in your story for a scene or two. It doesn’t matter if you keep it or not, but it can be really helpful for getting to know your characters. How would your character react if a shark exploded out of her wedding cake? [That’s kind of a bad example, but you get the idea. Write something like that.]


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