Here we are with the last post of the writing exercises.
Freewriting is pretty self- explanatory, so I won’t go into too much detail.
Freewriting is an exercise where you time yourself for a short amount of time and write about absolutely anything. The time can be anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. I find it best to write for ten minutes using a timer.
I also use writing prompts as a starter, too.
You can use your own, or find one using a generator. Here are a couple to check out:
Www.writingexcercises.com>first line generator
Freewriting has no boundaries. The only simple rule is to write whatever comes to you. As it is with all writing exercises that’s the beauty of it.
I hope the posts have been of some use.
Have a great week!
With thanks to Luis llerena for the image via Unsplash.com.
This week, as promised, I’m going to talk about creating clusters to help you write.
I first came across clusters during a Level 2 Creative Writing Course with the Open University. For those who aren’t familiar with what that is it’s just like a normal University, but you can study at home instead of on campus. And it is, or was a little bit cheaper than studying at a brick base.
It’s quite simple to make a cluster. All you do is take a fresh page and choose a word or phrase which represents what you want to write about.
Some examples of are;
Or phrases such as;
Love at first sight
If at first you don’t succeed
With power comes great responsibility
Once you’ve chosen your word/phrase you circle it, then write down every connection you can think of. As shown below.
Now, hopefully yours will be much better than mine, but it should give you a general idea of what to aim for. Try not to overthink it, just let it flow naturally from the nucleus.
A cluster gives you a visual map of thought. It helps your writing and can act as a blueprint for whichever piece of work you wish to create. You can use clustering to spark writing.
Next week will be the final post of the writing exercise series where I’ll explore freewriting and it’s capabilities as a bade for a writing idea.
Thanks for reading,
Until next time,
Following on from last week’s post I’d like to introduce you to another exercise.
You might guess from the title of this post that it’s something to do with the alphabet. You guessed right.
For this writing exercise all you need is a pen, paper and a letter of the alphabet. Or if you’re on the move a notepad app will work just fine.
All you do is pick your letter at random (or whichever one comes into your head) and use it for each word. Twenty six times.
Here’s an example;
Annabelle always answered adverts accepting advice advocacy and aliens anarchy aardvarks allocating animals anomalies arising atrociously amusing attributing anonymousity attire air avocado apple arcade are applicable.
As you can see it makes no sense. But it’s not supposed to.
The aim of any writing exercise is to de-clutter the mind. Do NOT look for perfection in any of your exercises. That’s for your WIP.
An exercise, however, can spark an idea. From the gobble-de-gook above many questions are formed. Why does Annebelle answer these adverts? What exactly is she hoping to gain from it? How does it impact her life?
Exercises can be the little grain of magic that you need when you’re lost for ideas.
Next week I will continue talking about freewriting and word clusters as a way of exercising the written word.
Until then I hope you have a good week,
With thanks to Amador Loureiro for the image via Unsplash.com
This week I’m going to spend some time talking about exercising with words.
I’ve owned The Writer’s Toolbox for a couple of years and it’s helped me enormously.
The purpose of it is not to create the next bestseller (though the idea that is generated might well be down to that), but to start and finish something. It also helps to create characters and improve writing description.
It includes –
A 64 page booklet
4 plot spinner wheels
60 creative cards
60 wooden exercise sticks
A small hourglass
This is a a great way to stay productive when you’re in a writing slump. With each exercise you use the hourglass as a timer.
Most of the exercises I’ve completed aren’t worthy to show, but that’s the point.
I generally do an exercise before starting to write. I find it helps get rid of the garbage in my brain. I find it gets the creative juices going and helps focus me.
If you haven’t picked it up yet I’d definitely recommend that you do.
That’s all from me this week,
Until next time,