Ten Awesome Creative Writing Exercises

Ten exercises for the imagination

  1. Wikipedia and the joy of randomness
  2. The definition game
  3. Write the end before the beginning
  4. Describing by name
  5. The most mundane things
  6. A first-person narrative
  7. You can give it life
  8. Alphabet soup
  9. A picture is worth a thousand words
  10. Short and sweet

1. Wikipedia and the joy of randomness

Go to Wikipedia and hit ‘Random Article’. You need to write a first-person narrative, featuring you and the subject of the article in some way. The more alternative and strange you can make this, the better.

2. The definition game

Get a dictionary or find some other book that contains words where you don’t know all of the definitions. Read through the dictionary or book until you find a word that you don’t know.

3. Write the end before the beginning

If you’re writing a short story, novel, or other piece of creative fiction, stop writing in a linear way. Instead, open up a new document and write the conclusion of the story right now.

4. Describing by name

Think of a family member or a friend. You now have to write a description of them in sentences, but the main adjective, noun or verb on each sentence has to start with consecutive letters of their name.

5. The most mundane things

Write an interesting poem or short story about a boring subject. This could be the dinner you ate last night, the thing that’s currently closest to your right foot, the second story on the eighth page of the newspaper or something else equally banal. It doesn’t matter if the poem is boring as well!

6. A first-person narrative

Narrate out loud, to yourself, something that you routinely do. This could be getting ready for work in the morning, cooking an evening meal, going grocery shopping or something similar.

7. You can give it life

Choose an inanimate object that you can see from your window or in your room right now.

8. Alphabet soup

Write a story where each sentence begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Start the first five sentences with each of the vowels, and the next 21 sentences with each of the consonants.

9. A picture is worth a thousand words

Collect random images, either from an online image search, by cutting them out from a newspaper or magazine or by hitting ‘Random Article’ on Wikipedia.

10. Short and sweet

Pick a genre, for example, drama, action, comedy, etc. Your task is to write a story in twenty words or fewer that captures the essence of that genre.

In closing

These creative writing exercises will help you to think about things slightly differently and hopefully change your perspective.

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