10 Outstanding Picture Writing Prompts | George Angus, Tumblemoose Writer Some folks just need a smidgen of a push to get their creative writing juices flowing. A word, concept or idea get’s them moving. For others, a visual cue is what they need to get the writing moving. I fall into the latter group. Ok, so did he lose a bet? Is he a devout Canadian? Does he work for UPS? Why in the world is he bringing in a plane wearing FedEx undies? Write a 1000 word story on what you think is happening here. Your brother showed up in your driveway with this ride. Last you knew, he had a paper route and an unemployment check as his only income. He’s also sporting a Rolex. Where did he get the money? Is this some kind of reality show prank? You run across this old picture of a friend He worked for the fire department What happened to him on the Department? Was there tragedy or heroism? Where is he now? Walking through a small European village, you open an unassuming door to a shop and this is what you find. What happened here? Did you just step through a time portal? They’re dead.
Story Starters for Creative Writing Exercises One-line story starters are great for group writing exercises. They have enough conflict to start the writing flow, but are open-ended to allow each writer to follow his or her own direction. Individual writers can use them on a regular basis for “practice writing,” following Natalie Goldberg’s suggestions in Writing Down the Bones. Creative Writing Exercises Set a timer for 10, 15 or 20 minutes. Write the opening sentence and then follow it wherever the imagination goes. As writing exercises for individuals, try doing one each day, or several a week if daily is too much. Develop a Short Story or Novel? If the results of these writing exercises remain intriguing, spend more time with them, either that session or on different days. Story Starters Here are 25 simple story starters to get the creative juices flowing.
English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? As soon as someone delivers a definition, some good writer will write a story that proves the theory wrong. About the only thing we can say for sure is that short stories are short and that they are written in what we call prose. Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. NOTE: It is quite common for writers in the early stages of their careers to imitate the writers they are reading or admire most.
Thirteen Writing Prompts. [Originally published May 4, 2006.] Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument. Write a short scene set at a lake, with trees and shit. Throw some birds in there, too. Choose your favorite historical figure and imagine if he/she had been led to greatness by the promptings of an invisible imp living behind his or her right ear. Write a story that ends with the following sentence: Debra brushed the sand from her blouse, took a last, wistful look at the now putrefying horse, and stepped into the hot-air balloon. A wasp called the tarantula hawk reproduces by paralyzing tarantulas and laying its eggs into their bodies. Imagine if your favorite character from 19th-century fiction had been born without thumbs. Write a story that begins with a man throwing handfuls of $100 bills from a speeding car, and ends with a young girl urinating into a tin bucket.
Pictures As Writing Prompts As I’ve discussed in my previous Hubs, doing creative writing exercises is a great way for fiction writers and poets to get in the habit of daily writing, eliminating the need for waiting to be inspired. Seriously, if you just sit around and wait to “feel” like writing, or for that ultimate great story idea to come to you, you will not get very much writing done. I know, because I have done so myself, waited that is, until I discovered that writing really is not just about inspiration, but also about hard work i.e. sitting down and writing everyday, even if it is just for a little bit. I have now drafted my first two novels and written quite a few stories. Doing creative writing exercises is a great way to get that writing time in everyday, building both the volume of work you produce, as well as getting better at writing and closer to developing your unique style as a writer. Below you will find five images and each of them are to be used to write a story or poem. 1. 2. 3. 4.
A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises It’s the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only be impressed with what you’ve accomplished, but you may also have something worth publishing. The 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises Day 1: Write 10 potential book titles of books you’d like to write. Day 2: Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you don’t care for. Day 3: Write a setting based on the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. Day 4: Write a letter to an agent telling her how wonderful you are. Day 5: Write a 20-line poem about a memorable moment in your life. Day 6: Select a book on your shelf and pick two chapters at random. Day 7: Write a letter to yourself telling you what you need to improve in the coming 6 months. Brian A.
Fifteen Writing Exercises Writing exercises are a great way to increase your writing skills and generate new ideas. They give you perspective and help you break free from old patterns and crutches. To grow as a writer, you need to sometimes write without the expectation of publication or worry about who will read your work. Pick ten people you know and write a one-sentence description for each of them.
Free Creative Writing Prompts #66: Horror I love horror books and novels. These freecreative writing promptsbased on the horror genre draw from my many experiences of staying up late and watching bad or worse horror films till the wee hours of the morning. Horror films are often the dumping ground of screenwriting as the cheaper and easier they are to make, the better. Free Creative Writing Prompts: Horror 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. These free creative writing prompts about horror are perfect for writing late at night with the lights out during a thunderstorm :). Bonus Prompt - What is your favorite horror movie? Related Articles to Free Creative Writing Prompts about HorrorFree Creative Writing Prompts from the Heart, Part 1Free Creative Writing Prompts #2: LoveCreative Writing Exercises #2: Relaxation Done with this page? Written by Bryan Cohen Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. What Other Visitors Have Said Who knows?