Into the Deep…Writing Exercise:Poem

Use the picture below as a writing prompt for a POEM. Make the poem as long or as short as you’d like but be sure to describe the setting. Is it dark and mysterious? Is it lush green and turquoise as far as the eye can see? Are there predators? Use your imagination. Happy Writing! snorkeling-984422_1280

Mysterious Stranger…Writing Prompt

The writing prompt for today will explore both FICTION and NON-FICTION. It’s fun to mix real life with fiction isn’t it? Sometimes I like to sit in Starbucks or the mall and watch people, I like to make up stories about them and what their lives are like. Try this the next time you’re out and about.

Everybody loves a mysterious strangers and there is inspiration everywhere! A cute barista, an old man complaining at the bank, the eccentric woman who sits on the park bench every Wednesday afternoon in her cat pajamas (if you see this woman it’s probably me) . Think of an interesting stranger you’ve seen around and develop a story.

Be sure to use dialogue,gestures, mannerisms and ways of speaking. Don’t spend much time on physical descriptions. Focus on showing the inner conflict of your muse through their actions and words. Have fun and as always, Happy Writing!

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Who is this person and what is their story?

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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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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An Exercise In Interpretation…

Today’s writing exercise is a little different! We are going to explore our interpretive imaginations by trying to decode a dream. Let’s imagine that someone wrote you a letter explaining their dream and was asking for help in determining it’s message. Please write a response to the person using as much detail as possible. You can choose a response based on whatever profession you choose to pretend to be; whether it’s a clinical psychologist, a fortune teller, a friend or a clairvoyant or you could even make believe that you were an advice columnist for your local newspaper. Ready to have some fun? Let’s begin! Please write a response based on this dream, remember-the reader is asking you for help in determining it’s message.

Dear Pat,

I had the recurring dream again. I stood in an empty field and looked around at the landscape; to my left there was a lush, green forest and to my right there was an unsightly, dead forest filled with rotting trees and ash. Each forest was miles apart and there I stood, squarely in the middle, alone and scared. My heart raced when I heard a sound in the distance and my instinct told me to run; I was being chased. I raced toward the lush green forest, my lungs burned with every laboured breath and my legs felt like cement. I kept looking behind me and saw that the creature was drawing near! Just as I was about to be caught I woke up. This is the third time this week that I’ve had the exact same dream and it’s becoming unnerving.

Please help!

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