I’m going to kick off a series of writing exercises, posting a new one each Friday.
The best thing about writing exercises is you don’t have to be a career writer to use them, they really do unlock the hidden creativity inside of everyone. I mean, they’re perfect for writers, but also useful for journaling, artists, crafters, and just anyone looking to tap into that inner writer.
I do a writer exercise a few times a week, usually alone, but sometimes with a friend. If I haven’t been able to write for a few days for some reason, I find them perfect for waking my fingertips and shutting up my inner editor.
That is one of the few rules of a writing exercise. Tell your inner editor to shut it. I’ll present you with the confines of that week’s exercise, but it is up to you whether you follow it or not.
Other than that, if you don’t like the time limit I place on an exercise change it. If you read the words I use for the prompt and you are inspired to go in a different direction, then go in that direction. It’s all about inspiration.
Writing exercises are exercises for the creative brain, and not meant to be these final publishable masterpieces. However, if you’re one of those people who hears directions and needs an example, there will always my example for that week at the end of an exercise.
So grab your laptop, pen and notepad, crayons and cardboard box. Whatever you write with, and follow me on this series of writing exercises.