10 Creative Writing Exercises to Inspire You

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    Stuck for inspiration?

    Don’t panic! It happens to all writers.

    Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises to inspire you to start (and finish) that book.

    1. 7x7x7
    Find the 7th book from your bookshelf (or digital library). Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a paragraph that begins with that sentence and limit the length to 7 lines. Repeat. Read them out and choose the one with the most promise.

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    2. Dictionary
    Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary definition for it. Repeat until one inspires you.

    Maybe that’s how Terry Pratchett come up with his ideas 🙂

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    3. First
    Describe a first. Your first kiss, your first kitten, your first day of school—all will make excellent stories.

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    4. Magazine Puzzle
    Cut out interesting words, phrases, and images from a magazine. Place them in a bowl, close your eyes and pull out two of these magazine snippets. Write a mini-story of not more than 250 words. You’ve now created the basis for your first book.
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    5. Pin the Atlas
    Find a world map and blindly put your finger on a spot. Then pretend you’re a travel writer and write about a weird experience you had in that particular country.writing exercises 9


    6. Sell the pet
    Write an advert selling a boa constrictor as a family pet. What happens next?writing exercises


    7. Hello, you!

    If you want to write a non-fiction book, write a letter to your future self. What do  you want to say?

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    8. Found Ads
    Find two ads in the newspaper. Create a book idea only using words from the two ads.

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    9. “I remember…”Start a paragraph with, “I remember…” and let your memories dictate what you write.

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    10. Switch Persona
    Write a mini-story in the first person. Take on the persona of someone with a different gender, different nationality, and different age. Again, this can form the basis for a great book.

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    I hope these creative writing exercises helped you move forward with your book.

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    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at WritetoDone.com and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind GoodlifeZEN.com, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.