Writing Exercises – Creating Fiction and Exercising the Brain
I finally feel like I am making some headway with my novel re-write. This is thanks, in part, to my daughter doing a two-hour gym session every Saturday. It gives me the opportunity to sit down and write for a reasonable length of time without any interruptions. I’m 20,000 words in now, which is almost half way through and I feel a lot more positive about it than I did at the start.
Last week, I had great fun with a writing exercise. It was the Ten to One story and in case you missed it, I published my creation on the Friday Fiction post. The thing I like about the Ten to One story is the fact that it sets restrictive boundaries for the structure. Your first sentence must have ten words, your second nine, third eight etc. until you end up with one word for the last line. What goes inside this rigid structure is yours to create and I particularly enjoyed this combination.
In fact, I enjoyed this challenge so much, that I went in search of other similar writing exercises. There are tonnes of writing prompts and exercises on the internet, but here are some of the similar themed ones I found:
The Alphabet Story
Create a 26-line story where each line begins with a different consecutive letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z.
Noun and Verbs
On a sheet of paper, create two columns. In the first column, write down ten nouns and in the second column ten verbs. Pair them up at random and write a sentence for each pair. Then write a story using all ten sentences.
Take the 7th book from your bookshelf and open it to page 7. Find the 7th sentence of this page and begin a poem that starts with that sentence. Limit the poem to 7 lines.
What do you think to these? Do they grab your interest?
I am going to pick one of these and hopefully use it to create a fictional piece for my Friday Fiction slot. Does anyone want to join me?
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