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5 Writing Exercises That Will Make You More Creative

5 Writing Exercises That Will Make You More Creative
An Example: ... will mean nothing to you here, because it would be a tangential spin-off of a supporting character from a project that you don't know even know that I'm working on. That's like four different ways for you to not give a shit, so let's just fill this space with a man trying to kill the ground with an explosive sledgehammer. Do try to not look disappointed. Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Are you sick of dealing with your project? Don't worry, there's an easy fix: Just steal somebody else's work! Remember: They can only prosecute if you try to use it. "Whatever," RoboCop said, "I didn't want to come here anyway." "That's a great attitude," Officer Lewis snapped. "I wanted to stay home and watch TV!" "Well, you can't, OK? "What?!" "I guess you won't," Officer Lewis answered coolly. RoboCop heaved a defeated sigh and, rolling his eyes, put fifty 9mm rounds into Boddicker's gut. "There," RoboCop said. "I am," Officer Lewis laughed. "Whatever," RoboCop answered. Related:  To WriteEjercicios

10 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed - Knowledge Salad We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk! Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of! (Too lazy to write a good introduction!) Related: 1. Tufted Deer Tufted deers are a small species of deer that are found in China. 2. Star-nosed moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and United States along wet and low areas. 3. Southern right whale dolphins are small species found in cool waters far south. 4. Raccoon Dogs, or Tanuki, are found in East Asia. 5. Patagonian Maras are large rodents found in parts of Argentina. Relevant: 5 Members Of The Animal Kingdom That Will Blow Your Mind 6. Markhors are large species of wild goats that are found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 7. Maned Wolves are found in South America. 8. Lampreys are the spawn of hell. 9. Gerenuks are long-necked species of antelopes found in Eastern Africa. 10. Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in the Amazon.

Seventh Sanctum The Sarcastic Muse | Writing. Information. Inspiration. Sarcasm guaranteed. Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts Here are lots of short story ideas that you can use as writing prompts. Use these story starters on their own or to get ideas for the CWN online writing courses. You'll also find links to more creative writing prompts at the bottom of the page. Any of these ideas can be used either humorously or dramatically... or you can try both. Have fun! Do you like this page? Story ideas - three elements Choose a set of three elements and write a story that contains all three of them! Extreme challenge: combine three of the elements with one of the other short story ideas on this page. A stolen ring, fear of spiders, and a sinister stranger. More short story ideas Challenge: 4 stories in 4 weeks using these short story ideas. Extreme challenge: Why not write a book of short stories? A babysitter is snooping around her employer's house and finds a disturbing photograph... Even more short story ideas Your character starts receiving flowers and anonymous gifts. And still more short story ideas

Newspaper Blackout Poetry Sometimes in life you can only grasp the true beauty of things when you read between the lines. That is exactly what Austin Kleon has been doing to old newspapers. Using a black marker, he takes away the words he doesn’t need, creating new poetic verses. See Also WORD ANIMALS: CREATURES MADE OF TYPOGRAPHY Above image by leahmackin and below image by Austin Kleon Image by Austin Kleon @fleurterhorst Noah Lewis missxx salix lucida

WriteWorld Road Trip (creative writing prompt) This prompt was originally posted in June, 2012. Today, I’m driving from Los Angeles up to San Francisco and thought it was appropriate. Enjoy the prompt! For this writing practice, use the following creative writing prompt: Write about a road trip. Write for fifteen minutes. And if you post, please read and comment on a few posts by other writers. Here’s my practice: We’re driving from California to Georgia this week, my dad and me. This time we’re driving to Georgia through New Orleans where we’ll sit in a smoky bar on Canal Street and listen to jazz. In El Paso we ate the worst Texas barbecued brisket either of us have ever had. After El Paso we drove along Texas roads so long and flat you stop seeing road entirely and completely disappear into the black asphalt, the golden land, and the blue eternal sky that seems to dissolve the land itself. Joe Bunting

66 Experiments by Charles Bernstein Category: Writing Techniques 1. Homolinguistic translation: Take a poem (someone else's, then your own) and translate it "English to English" by substituting word for word, phrase for phrase, line for line, or "free" translation as response to each phrase or sentence. Or translate the poem into another literary style or a different diction, for example into a slang or vernacular. Do several different types of homolinguistic translation of a single source poem. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 66. Remember: Poems can be in prose format! Rewrite and recombine, collage, splice together the material generated from these experiments into one long ongoing poem! This list was inspired by Bernadette Mayer's compilation from the 1970s. Category: Creative Writing Techniques

HUMOR:Pronunciation Poem I take it you already know of tough and bough and cough and dough? Others may stumble, but not you, on hiccough, thorough, laugh and through. Well done! And now you wish, perhaps, to learn of less familiar traps? This page was created by David Saum. Nerdy Goings-On wan\ˈwän\ adjective : looking sick or pale : having a weak quality Full Definition 1 a : suggestive of poor health : sickly, pallid b : lacking vitality : feeble 2 : dim, faint 3 : languid Other forms: wan·ner; wan·nest wan·ly adverb wan·ness \ˈwän-nəs\ noun Origin: Middle English, from Old English wann dark, livid. First use: 14th century Synonyms: ashen, ashy, blanched, cadaverous, doughy, livid, lurid, mealy, paled, pallid, pasty, peaked, pale Antonyms: blooming, florid, flush, full-blooded, glowing, red, rosy, rubicund, ruddy, sanguine semiotics -ˈä-tiks\ noun : the study of signs and symbols and how they are used Full Definition : a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics Other forms: plural - semiotics semiotic - adjective se·mi·o·ti·cian -ə-ˈti-shən\ noun Well what do you know. plaintive \ˈplān-tiv\ fist·i·cuffs \ˈfis-ti-ˌkəfs\ noun

10 Writing Exercises to Tighten Your Writing By Brittiany Cahoon Writing projects can be like children. You love them dearly, but sometimes they irritate you to the point that you just need a break. Working on something fresh and new can invigorate your mind and give you a new approach to your work. These exercises can work for any genre of writing, fiction and non-fiction alike. 1. This is probably the most popular writing exercise to get the juices flowing. 2. Think of something you’re passionate about, like a hobby or a love interest, and write everything you know about it. 3. Something I love to do when I’m stuck is read another author’s work, especially an author who writes in the same style or format as my current project. 4. Writers feel their work, and when you can quite describe what you’re feeling on paper, it can be frustrating. 5. Choose one noun, adjective and verb. 6. This is a wonderful exercise if you struggle to write natural dialogue between your characters. 7. 8. 9. 10.