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!
Today’s writing prompt is a picture! I get so many ideas when I look at this image and I wonder if I should use it as a beginning, middle or end of my story. What would you do? Is the person on the left a vampire about to make the woman his prey? Is it a couple who are out for a moonlight stroll when all of the sudden they’re attacked by an escaped convict? What if these people are just minding their own business and enjoying eachother’s company when all of the sudden one of them is abducted by aliens? Or what if the man on the left is an alien who comes back to earth to visit his human lover? Is it a couple that can never be together because someone forbade their relationship and this is the last time they’ll see eachother? You get the drift! My imagination is running away with me and all from a single image. You can do the same and who knows, it could be just the beginning of your next bestseller! Happy Writing!
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!
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.
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.
So, you’ve decided to write a mystery! That’s exciting! But how do you know what makes a great mystery if you’ve never written one? Sure, you’ve read a ton of mystery books over the years but do you know the ingredients to keep the reader flipping the pages? Here’s what you’ll need to keep your reader engaged:
Puzzle-There’s usually a puzzle that needs solving and 9 times out of 10 it involves the death of someone. For example, “His body was cold and bloody; I looked around and wondered how he ended up in the alleyway.”
Suspense-Will the mystery be solved and how will it be solved? For example, “We located the killer by dusting the body for prints.”
Hero/Heroes-Who will solve the mystery? This one is pretty self explanatory…
High stakes for the hero or victim-There must be a reason why the mystery needs to be solved, it has to involve a payoff for the hero or victim, what’s in it for them? For example, “The victim was selling drugs, he got in deep with the wrong people; turns out he started selling them because he was going to lose his house…”
The Solution is revealed-Who did it and why? “Rocco Roselli put a bullet in the guy’s head to shut him up, the victim was shooting his mouth off about the shipping container full of cocaine he found and was gonna black mail the mafia.”
Triumph of Good vs Evil- Mafia guy gets caught and is brought to justice by the hero/heroes.
So there you have it, the recipe for a successful mystery! Get cooking!
This morning I woke up early and did my guided pen exercise. I sat with a cup of coffee at the dining room table with a notebook and pen and closed my eyes; I listened to the silence and waited for thoughts to flow into my mind. Remember when you do this to let the words develop organically, don’t force anything and don’t edit. There are no good or bad thoughts-just ideas that may potentially create an idea for your next best seller.
Here’s my list:
follow your bliss
birds, nature, spring, cheer
yellow, renewal, rebirth
breathing, focus, meditation
enlightenment, emptying, purging
just be, stop trying so hard
health, vibrancy, flowers, gardens
butterflies, cocoon, guidance, sail boat
love, loyalty, look inside for strength, happiness doesn’t depend on others
fulfilment, stop trying to achieve happiness and go with the flow
follow the omens
stop trying to make things happen and let them develop as they should
listen to your inner voice
So as you can see I have a lot of information here but how can I turn it into a potential story?
A few examples could be; A woman is transformed like a beautiful butterfly when she emerges from the cocoon of dependency, she left her husband and started on a journey to find herself. Or a story about a young person who followed the omens to find their bliss in another part of the world. A story about how someone’s life changed because they got rid of everything that made them unhappy, they sold their home and belongings and went on a quest for enlightenment and found everything they ever wanted which was just to be happy.
You get the point, there is so much that we can do with the guided pen exercise and it’s all how you interpret the meanings of the words you’ve written. I encourage you to do the guided pen exercise once a week or whenever you’re stuck for ideas.