Lightning Nib – Freewriting Exercise


Hi guys! 

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.seventhsanctum.com>writing generate

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! 

Blaze, 

With thanks to Luis llerena for the image via Unsplash.com.

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All of a Cluster – More Fun With Writing!


Hi guys,

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; 

Air

Fire 

Ice

Smoke

Wind

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, 

Blaze

Alphabetti – Writing Exercises Continued

Hi guys! 

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, 

Blaze

With thanks to Amador Loureiro for the image via Unsplash.com 

Writing Exercises – The Writer’s Toolbox


Hi guys! 

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, 

Blaze
 

Fun and Games

Hi guys! 

What an exhausting but awesome week! 

I’ve had my younger brother and sister stay for a couple of days. 

Boy! 

If you’re a parent or somebody who looks after children, then you’ll know just how challenging it is to keep little minds occupied. Especially as it’s the six week’s holiday and the novelty of not having to attend school wears off after a few days. 

Most of our time has been spent outside at the park and just going for walks. My husband and I live close to the countryside, so it’s handy for getting out and about exploring. 

This week has also been one of devastation. 

I learnt that one of my heroes weren’t how I’d idolised them in my head. 

It’s something that I’ve tried over and over not to do, but it’s hard. As human beings we admire the people behind what we’re shown. Whether they are the next bestselling author of a genre that’s been off your radar, an artist whose work struck a cord somewhere inside you or an up and coming actress. 

Somewhere deep inside our subconscious lies a craving to know that person. What made him or her create that piece of art/music/film or book? What were their beliefs? 

Sometimes the answers that are said are not how they were meant to be perceived. 

This realisation blew me apart. 

Have you ever realised that the person you idolised was not who you thought they were? 

Leave your comments below. 

Until next week, 

Blaze

With thanks to Yaoqi LAI for the image via Unsplash.com 

Hope: Ordinary or Extraordinary? 

Hi guys! 

Hope you’ve all had a great week! 

What makes a character extraordinary in your view? 

I’ll tell you a bit about my main character, Seori (or Rosie as an alternative. I haven’t decided on which is better). 

She is thirteen in my current draft, but thinking of aging her up to fourteen/fifteen. Having her younger makes it more middle grade fiction and I’d rather the book fall into YA. It’s just a hunch I have. She receives a letter from her biological mum and learns that she’s a Verboten. 

Now, anyone who is Verboten is denied the right to live by the Moirai, my story world’s answer to government. 

The Moirai have rules which restrict everybody to conform. Everybody’s identity is stripped. They are known only by number codes and each have uniforms to wear. Seori is a name that is found on the letter. 

There’s a reason why being a Verboten is known to be a one way ticket to death. 

Verbotens have powers that the Moirai can only dream of acquiring. 

Seori’s power is Psychometry. She can trace dead or missing people by reading jewellery. 

Most of my characters will evolve into Gods and Goddesses. 

Seori also learns that she provides others hope and optimism. But how she finds that out will remain a secret. 

Does providing people hope make her an extraordinary character? 

I think hope is an extraordinary thing. It’s the one thing that failed to escape Pandora’s Box, but sometimes hope can also be a catalyst for problems. 

It’s something I’ll spend some time considering. 

That’s all for this week, 

Until next time, 

Blaze

With thanks to Yevgeniy Gradov for the image via Unsplash.com.

Learning to Outline

Hi guys! 

This week I’ve been looking at how to outline my novel. 

I’m a panster at heart, so outlining is all new to me. Hence the research. 

I know many writers who have different ways of outlining. Some like to use the Snowflake Method and some like to use numbers and a one sentenced preview of what happens per chapter. 

The trouble with being a panster is, is that so much time gets wasted. I speak for myself here. I don’t know whether anybody else feels this way, or I’m the minority that does. 

I’ve been working on Pandora’s Kiss for eight years now. 
Eight years of slogging over blank pages that turned into rewrites that turned into pages that gathered dust. 

Wouldn’t it have been so much easier just outlining before I started? 

Perhaps. 

The idea has evolved a great deal in that time thanks to the rewrites. I’ve learnt a great deal about my WIP because of that. But recently I’ve been wondering if there’s even a story worth telling underneath that. Am I telling it the right way? Or could it be told better? 

There’s so much that I’m unsure of. 

That’s why I’m planning on working it all into an outline.

A part of me worries that my dithering will lead to never being published. I have asked myself in the past how many rewrites will it take until I’m satisfied? 

That’s something I’m still pondering. 

Hopefully it’ll all work itself out. 

I appreciate all of the likes and the comments you leave on the posts. If there is anything you want me to cover then all you need to do is suggest it. 

Until next week, 

Blaze

With thanks to Aaron Burden for the image via Unsplash.com