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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Writing Exercise…

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!

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Writing Exercise…

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!

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Writing Exercise…

Today’s writing exercise comes in the form of a prompt to get your creative juices flowing!

Have  you ever wondered if you’ve lived in another era? Do you believe in reincarnation or lucid dreaming? Have you thought about what it would be like to visit a different time period? Today we will be writing about another time in life, a time in which you know nothing about so use your imagination!

  • What part of the world are you in?
  • What year, era or time period are you in?
  • What is the dress of the time, what are you wearing, what are others wearing?
  • How did you get there?
  • Describe the scenery around you
  • What is your position? Are you a person of power? Are you a pioneer?
  • What is your mode of transportation? Is there transportation? Horse and buggy? By foot? Space craft?
  • Describe the people/creatures/animals that you interact with
  • How do you sustain yourself? Do you hunt and gather? Is there currency? What is the form of currency/barter?
  • What are you there for? To save mankind? To destroy the world? To visit with others in your past and receive or reveal a message of some kind?

You get the picture so get writing! This is a really fun exercise that will stretch your imagination to the limit!

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Quick Tips for Writers…

Here’s a list of resources and ideas that you can implement on your journey to perfecting your craft, publishing and networking.

  1. Read newsletters- Read any newsletter you can get your hands on, they offer a wealth of information in terms of new info and updates on publishers. Two examples of great newsletters are Children’s Writer and Children’s Book Insider.
  2. Read Guidelines-Never send anything to anyone without reading the specified guidelines…otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and your manuscript could end up in the recycle bin.
  3. Visit Bookstores-Check out current issues magazines in your genre and ask about what’s new in store. Find out what kids and adults are buying. Spend some time studying what the bestsellers are and why.
  4. Use the Internet-There is SO much valuable information available to writers on the internet! Visit blogs, social networking, e-mail other writers and sign up for writing groups on-line. This will keep you on the pulse of the writing world and you’ll be able to do some self promotion as well.
  5. Attend a Writing Workshop/Conference-These are SO FUN! I’ve been to a few over the past couple of months and have met some great people who are really talented. Workshops and conferences offer a chance to connect with other writers and to have your work critiqued. It is invaluable in terms of gaining insight into what’s working and what’s not in your current manuscript. Plus, you never know who can help you and who you can help in terms of networking.
  6. Network-Get yourself together with as many like minded people and great things will happen. You could meet the right contact who know the perfect illustrator for your book, or perhaps you’ll meet someone who can offer editing services, or you might just meet a publisher or agent that can take your book all the way to the top!

Most of all, enjoy being an author; It’s one of the greatest freedoms in the world to be able to tell your story in your own way.

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Network! You never know who you’ll meet…