Today’s exercise is all about murder. I know, it’s not a very flowery, fun topic but I can guarantee that it will make you think outside of the box. I want you to write a short piece about your escape from a murderer…be sure to include:
Where you are being held
How you got there
Describe what is around you, sights, smells, sounds
Describe the murderer, what do they look like, smell like, sound like
Describe how you feel
Describe how you are going to escape
Describe the escape
Are there any other people, is anyone with you
Do you escape or are you recaptured
Is the killer caught or still at large after your escape
Good luck with this and have fun! Use your imagination and write something inspiring!
Let’s talk about point of view for this writing exercise, but first things first-what exactly is Point of View?
Point of view refers to the way the author allows you to see and hear what’s going on it the novel, book, short story or manuscript. We’ll focus on four main points of view:
First-person point of view is in use when a character narrates the story with I-me-my-mine. The reader is sitting beside the character and is viewing the world through the eyes of that character. The reader experiences the world through the eyes of only one person.
Second-person point of view, the author uses your and you, this is rare; authors rarely speak directly to the reader. If you do happen to come across this point of view, you should pay attention because the author is trying to tell you something. Second-person point of view draws the reader into the story, and makes the reader participate in the action.
Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action. This is the most common point of view. The author’s voice, not the character’s voice, is what you hear in the descriptive passages.
Objective-point of view is when the narrator is a fly on the wall or a video camera in the corner of the room. The character’s thoughts are never known. Objective point of view is all about watching, listening and observing.
Try writing from a different point of view and step outside of your comfort zone. This allows you to stretch your abilities and who knows, you may actually really like a particular point of view that you had never considered before. Happy Writing!
Sometimes it’s fun to think out of the box. For today’s writing prompt we’ll explore writing for a different genre: mid grade. Use the prompt and the image below to write a short, action packed story. Have fun and be fearless!
Joey stood at the bottom of the tree house, his head turned frantically. His best friend Kyle Mitchell was late again. The air was thick with afternoon heat and the humidity was over a hundred. Joey heard the buzzing of mosquitoes and slapped his arm when one landed; a sticky mess of insect guts mixed with blood smeared his arm. He heard branches crack in the distance and quickly hid behind a large bush. Based on the circumstances, and what the boys had found, it was a wise move for him to hide; he crouched close to the ground and held his breath, he could only see part of a shoe but wasn’t sure it was Kyle’s.
Today’s exercise is all about SETTING! Use the picture below to describe the setting in your short story. Be imaginative, be bold, use descriptive words and don’t leave anything out. Write setting and only setting, don’t use dialogue and don’t write about any characters, just describe what you see.
This is a great exercise to get your thoughts flowing, to be more descriptive and to transport the reader to the place that you are describing. For example, Why is there a rainbow? Describe the weather-did it just rain? Is the barn abandoned? What does the setting look like? What sounds are there? What is the temperature? What time of the year is it? Where is it in terms of location in the world? The list goes on and on. Write until you have exhausted and described every tiny detail without editing. Have fun with this and as always, Happy Writing!
Do you believe in angels? Do you think that such heavenly beings exist or are your beliefs rooted in what you can see and touch? Do you think that you have your own personal guardian angel who watches over and protects you? Have you ever had a near death experience? Has something ever happened to you that you can’t possibly explain? Have you ever seen an angel? What did it look like? Was it dressed in plain clothes or did it look like a heavenly being?
Use these questions as today’s writing prompt! Even if you don’t think that angels surround us, write a short story about someone who does and why they believe in them. Or write about why you don’t believe in them…this topic could go further and further down the rabbit hole! The possibilities are endless for a great story!
This weekend I am fortunate enough to be attending a two day workshop at the College I attended a million years ago. It’s another writing for children course and I’m very excited to attend; it’s great to meet new authors, have your work critiqued and of course network with like minded people who understand the hurdles of the industry.
I really recommend that aspiring AND published authors take advantage of such programs in their city/community because they’re an excellent source of ideas, education and fun. At the last workshop I attended I was reminded of so many things that had sort of fallen by the wayside and this caused me to write much more diligently. Sometimes we all need to brush up on our skills a little bit even if we’ve been doing this for years.
I’ll report back about what I’ve learned over the weekend and share some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration with you to help you become the best writer that you can be!
So take advantage of courses, workshops, free events, classes, talks and meetings in your area…it might lead you to exactly what you need to know or to an idea for your next best seller! Happy Writing!
Write a story based on the picture below. Be sure to answer the questions about
Who is this woman?
How old is she?
What is her story?
Where is she?
How did she get there?
Why is she there?
What is her purpose?
Where does she live?
How does she survive?
What is she like in terms of personality?
Does she possess any powers or wisdom?
Have fun with this, let your imagination run wild. She doesn’t have to be the main character in your manuscript either, she could be a passer-by or someone who the main character works with or goes to for advice or perhaps she saves a character’s life? You get the picture so get writing!
Have you ever wondered what your dog, cat, pet, or animal is thinking? I have another blog called thekittycatclan.com where each day I write something called Seabass’ Diary. It’s a daily entry from my evil cat’s point of view and chronicles his adventures in trying to take over the world. It’s super fun to write and people love to read it!
Today’s exercise is writing from an animal’s point of view. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Wolf or wolf pack
Half human half animal creature
Eagle or Hawk
Tiger or Exotic animal
What do they see? How do they hunt? Who are friends in the pack? Who are enemies? What kind of adventures do they get in? Do they ever find themselves in scary situations? Can they speak? Do they speak to eachother or to humans? Are they self sufficient or depend on others to survive? Where do they live? What part of the world do they live in? Did something give them super or special powers to transform themselves into something different? Etc.