The Abandoned House…Writing Exercise…

Use the photo below as a writing prompt but there’s a catch…I want you to write from the house’s point of view! Describe the things that the house has seen over the years. This exercise will be a bit tougher but it will open you up to a different point of view and will get the creative juices flowing. Have fun and happy writing!

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Dialogue and Death…

Great dialogue usually comes from two things: inside knowledge of your characters and tons of revisions and rewriting.

Each character has to be unique and must have their own voice. Be sure that all of your characters sound different from eachother and ensure that there is a consistency in their voice. For example, Dumb characters don’t suddenly become intelligent unless something happens, like they go to university or acquire magical powers etc. If all of the sudden your dumb character starts quoting Shakespeare for no reason, your reader will be confused. With speaker tags like “he exclaimed,” “she pronounced,” and “he spoke angrily” are totally unnecessary and possibly even distracting.

Death: Think about all of the novels you’ve read. In how many did a character die? Most of the greatest stories often involve death. , The Hunger Games, Harry Potter Charlotte’s WebWhere the Red Fern Grows, and so many more all had main characters who died. Death is universal because one day everyone will die…I guess you could always write about taxes instead.

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Story Starters!..

Pick a line from below to start your short story. A lot of great ideas here!

He watched, helpless, as the door closed behind her…

He had kept their mother alive in their thoughts, too alive perhaps…

He had waited twenty years to return it…

Under normal circumstances he would speak his mind, but, not now, with a gun against his head…

He had enjoyed ten years of being totally irresponsible…

She had found something that would mean she’d never be poor again – but there was a catch…

Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out…

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Outside the cabin, the wind howled through the trees, while inside, the old woman’s fire was nearly out. 

 

Writing Exercise…

Write a story based on the image below:

  • How did these people get here? Plane crash? Climbing expedition?
  • Are they waiting to be rescued? How long have they been waiting?
  • Is there hope in sight/do they get rescued? Are these people going to have to result to cannibalism?
  •  How will they preserve themselves/survive? What supplies do they have? Do they have any supplies?

Enjoy this, it should be a really fun exercise that pushes your imagination to the limit!

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Bonus Exercise…What if…

I was inspired on my run this morning by something I saw so I’ve decided to throw down another writing exercise for everybody.

Imagine that you are running on a trail and you come across a box. The box says Do Not Open…what do you do? Write a short story on this and make sure you answer the following questions:

  • What does the box look like? Describe the features and describe how old you think it is? What is the box made of? How big or small is it?
  • Where were you when you found it? Describe the weather and setting
  • Did you open the box? If yes, what was inside? If no, why not?
  • What did you do after you opened or didn’t open the box?
  • Does the box contain magical powers? Does it contain something valuable? Is it empty?
  • Where do you think the box came from?
  • How did the box end up on the running trail?

Lots of good ideas here to get started on your story!

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Writing Exercise…Escape from a murderer

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!

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