10 Best Creative Writing Exercises

Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises for you to enjoy.1. 7x7x7 Find the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit the length to  7 lines. 2. Dictionary Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary...

Fall in Love with Writing: Watch these Inspiring Videos

At times, we need to fall in love with writing again. The video below will inspire you.Did you enjoy this video by Ira Glass? I loved it!Writing can be frustrating, but it can also be exhilarating.Ira really explains so well what happens.You have an idea.And then you try writing it down.But you can't quite capture what was in your mind.And because you can never quit...

Inspiration for Writing: 10 Quotes to Get Your Juices Flowing

 If your inspiration for writing isn't flowing, gaze at each of these ten quotes.Let your mind roam free and they will trigger ideas and inspire you.As the quote by Thomas Merton above implies, we both find ourselves and lose ourselves in the creative process.And it takes courage. Writing takes courage.  Writing changes us.Each idea, each sente...

Writing Prompt Challenge: Why is She Fleeing?

Why is she fleeing?Can you come up with a mini-story of not more than 350 words?In case you're not familiar with our Writing Prompt Challenge, here's how it works:We set the scene You make it your own, and Share your creation in the comments section of this post Now for the ground rules:Your story must be 350 words or less. Your work must be original and not previou...

What Are YOU Writing?

What are you working on right now?We'd love to know here at WritetoDone!A novel? A blog post? Your best article ever? A poem? A film script?Maybe you've just finished something you're really proud of? Or you just can't tell whether it should get a Pulitzer or be thrown into the trash?Here's your chance to share and discuss with each other what you're writing about.Whet our appe...

How to Find Your Trademark Writing Style

No doubt you have some favorite authors.It's likely that one thing you love about their books is their writing style.Many commercial authors have a very simplistic—almost superficial—writing style.Other successful authors write in a wholly unique manner unlike any other.There is no right or wrong, good or bad—only personal tastes. We can all name writers we can't stomach whos...

Conversational Writing: 10 Tips by Leo Babauta

Note by the Editor-in-Chief: This post was written by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits when we first started this blog. It offers the clearest instructions on how to write conversationally. That's why we decided to republish it. Writing, when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation. - Laurence Sterne While I don't claim to be the world's greatest writer, one of my strengths as ...

How to Write Faster with Scrivener: The Brainwave Blueprint

Just imagine being able to write faster.Wouldn't that make a huge difference?I'm not talking about becoming a writing automaton who spits out 5000 words a day.Because speed isn't everything; it has to be balanced with quality. If you write 5000 words a day but most of what you write is rubbish, then it's not worth cranking up your speed.Right? Improving your writing speed by 40% o...

5 Easy Tips to Fix a Boring Online Bio

I'd started working with two new clients in the same week.This was a few years ago, when I was a blogging and social media consultant.They both asked me smart, insightful questions on the very first day—stuff that made me feel how lucky I was to be playing in their sandbox.“I want you to help me figure out who I am,” said one, an accomplished executive coach with a highly special...

How To Supercharge Your Writing – Use This Cinematic Technique

Would you like to know how to supercharge your writing?Today, novelists are using cinematic technique to create visually dynamic scenes.Readers, used to watching movies and TV, have come to expect a more "cinematic" experience when they read.They want to watch the story unfold before their eyes rather than be told what is happening in summary or exposition.In film, the story is con...