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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It’s All About Point of View…

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!

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Writing Prompt…

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.

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Advice….Learn as much as possible…

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!

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Writing Exercise…

Hello fellow writers,

Today’s exercise is as follows:

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!

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Writing Exercise…

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
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Wild animal
  • Mythological creature
  • Half human half animal creature
  • Squirrel
  • Snake
  • 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.

Have fun with this and happy writing!

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We gazed out onto the horizon and soaked in the light of the moon. We would soon transform into something evil…something we couldn’t control.

Writing Exercise…

Today’s writing exercise is one that will make you question what you know and dig a little deeper into your mind. Let’s get started!

Have you ever wondered if all of this is real? What I mean by all of this is the world in which we live. Have you ever thought that this world, our friends, parents, homes, objects, animals etc. are all just a figment of our imagination? What if this entire time everything you thought was real or the truth was just a hologram? Or what if this entire time, everything you’ve “seen” has been your brain working over time while you lay in a hospital bed in a coma? I know, we’re sort of getting all Matrix(y)/Inception(ish) on you but think about it, at least entertain the idea for your next writing project.

Write a short story about looking for the truth and uncovering it. What would happen if your character uncovered the truth? Who would the hero of the story be? What did they find out and how did they find out about it? Who would they tell? Would there be anyone to tell? Why did this happen and how did this happen? Was it some sort of alien experiment or some kind of government cover-up? Or was it a horrible accident? You get the picture.

Today’s exercise is a fun one so enjoy it and happy writing!

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