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Writing Exercises and Prompts for Journaling, Prose, Poetry and Memoirs

Writing Exercises and Prompts for Journaling, Prose, Poetry and Memoirs
These Writing Exercises are a collection of prompts originally published in The Journal Newsletter. The prompts include journaling prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, free writing prompts, and memoir prompts. Jump to the exercises you would like to see: Prompts Copyright © by Susan Michael and David Michael. Journaling Prompts Journaling Prompt - Imagine yourself in a place you like to be (not necessarily someplace you like to *go*). Journaling Prompt - Pretend that you see yourself walking into a room. Journaling Prompt - Create a list of images that symbolize the following: toughness, cruelty toughness, strength Journaling Prompt - Close your eyes for a minute and imagine you are skydiving. Journaling Prompt - Sit yourself in a favorite spot, or imagine an ideal place and describe it as an expanding bubble or sphere. Journaling Prompt - Hold your hands out in front of you, palms down. Journaling Prompt - By what do you measure your value as a person? Free Writing Prompts Poetry Prompts

Writer’s Digest - Tips & Prompts Write a scene that includes a character speaking a different language, speaking in a thick accent, or otherwise speaking in a way that is unintelligibe to the other characters. (Note: You don't necessarily need to know the language the character is speaking—be creative with it!) Describe a character's reaction to something without explaining what it is. See if your fellow prompt responders can guess what it is. Write a story or a scene about one character playing a prank on another. Describe the scene from both characters' points of view. Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves confusion over homonyms (words that have the same spelling but different meanings) or homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). For World Storytelling Day, share the best story you've ever heard or told by word of mouth, or have a fictional character recount their favorite story. You're making your way down a cobbled street when a stocky, red-bearded man beckons you into an alley.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer Are you passionate about writing poetry? Check out Robert Lee Brewer’s blog, Poetic Asides. You’ll find poetry prompts, solid tips on writing poetry, interviews with poets, and blog posts highlighting poetic forms like chant, haibun or nonet poems, rispetto, and prose poetry. Sit back, relax, and learn more about the craft of poetry! 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 12 Wow! 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 11 One of the refrains from the Austin International Poetry Festival was, “Buy the book!” 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 10 Quick note on selecting poems for the anthology: I plan to pull poems on average 5-7 days after the prompt is first posted. 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 9 Before we get into today’s prompt, I just want to address a few common questions I’ve been asked recently: Who can join the challenge? 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 8 Spent yesterday catching up on sleep after attending the super fun Austin International Poetry Festival with Tammy. 2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 7 Wow!

Exercises for being very creative creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers Seven great writing quotes from seven great American writers Ernest Hemingway once said “All American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.” As much as we love our Ernest, we beg to differ. It’s not just the amazing books Americans have written, which cause us to contradict Papa’s viewpoint. John Steinbeck Ernest Hemingway Elmore Leonard Toni Morrison Stephen King Henry Miller F. designed by the awesomely talented Chris Ritter

Poetry Poetry Assignments #000: Reserve your copy of Poetry Assignments: The Book from Sage Hill Press and receive a 40% discount. Tentatively priced at $20 and due out soon. To reserve a copy, email Sage Hill Press at: sagehillpress@yahoo.com. #100: Self Parody; or She Who Laughs Bests, Laughs at Herself; or Popping the Ego; or How to Make Nelson Muntz "Ha Ha" at You Now that you've been examining your poetry, it's time to make fun of it. Ask yourself, "Am I still being original? You should do this assignment every couple of years. Stay fresh my friends. I tend to say "Go forth!" #99: Making Closure; or Getting to Know You / Getting to Know Every Word About You [use a high, squeeky, out-of-key voice to sing that]; or Damn, Is My Vocabulary that Small? You are gonna need all of your poems for this one. Now use those words, images, ideas, in at least every other line of the next poem you write. For instance, my common words and images are: shadows, the moon, and mountains. Go refresh! Go forth!

Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World's Most Famous Authors If you've ever wanted to sit down with your favorite writer and ask advice, then you should take a look at these tips from some of the most famous authors in the world. These valuable bits of information provide guidance on strengthening your writing skills, becoming a better fiction writer or poet, learning to tap into your creativity, advice on education and school, and even a few suggestions on success and living a meaningful life. Of course, another excellent way of improving your writing is through traditional or online master’s degrees in creative writing. General Writing Tips Improve any type of writing you do with these solid tips from successful writers themselves. Ernest Hemingway. Tips for Beginning Writers If you are thinking about a career in writing, whether you have a bachelor degree or a master’s degree, or are just starting to write seriously, then use these tips for great suggestions. Stephen King. Fiction Tips Kurt Vonnegut. Poetry Robert Frost. Tips for Creativity Success

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