Writing exercises are a great way to hone specific skills, explore interesting characters or settings, and get yourself writing in different styles–possibly even different genres.
Right now I’m working on some pretty interesting series of posts about great charities, building self confidence, and planning a novel. I’ve got a pretty good idea what the rest of my year is going to look like in terms of writing and I’m excited to see what surprises I’ll encounter along the way.
While I get busy writing some intense articles, stretch your creative muscle with one of these four sites:
1. Forward Motion Random Idea Generator — If you’re looking for interesting ideas in the science fiction or fantasy genres, this is a great place to start. As things by writers for writers tend to be, it’s a little silly at times but the prompts are pretty interesting.
2. First 50 Words — is a blog where you’ll find a writing prompt every day. You’re invited to use the prompt and post the first 50 words of the story or poem you create in the comments section. It’s run by an author named Virginia DeBolt, and you also get to read her first 50 words for each prompt. They’re usually pretty interesting snippets.
3. Writing Exercises — seems to be pretty accurately named. They’ve got a whole bunch of random idea generators, including character traits and random jobs. If you’d like to actually do some more serious exercises, they also have a handful of interesting character exercises.
4. Writer’s Digest — is a great place for writers to find all kinds of useful information. This link leads to a series of 12 interesting writing exercises. You’ll find many more on the website along with author interviews and articles about pretty much every aspect of the writing life.
One of the greatest things about the internet is that there are dozens of great resources for writers out there just waiting to be found. You can also find several good books dedicated entirely to creative writing exercises. I’ve always found the internet capable of meeting my needs. You can find hundreds of interesting prompts and writing exercises on just these four sites.
How often do you stretch your creative muscles with writing exercises? Do you know other great places to find writing exercises?
Share them–along with your thoughts–in the comments below!