Writing Exercises

Sometimes we all need a little boost to get us going. So today I'm posting three writing exercises - maybe one will work for you.

My goal is to light a tiny fire of inspiration in your writing soul.

Exercise 1
First Line - You complete the story.
The old woman hobbled toward the checkpoint, a net bag swinging from her shoulder.

Exercise 2
List at least ten things about each of these words. Your ten things may be synonyms, related items, emotions, moods ... whatever comes to mind. Write a story using at least one thing you derived from each of the starter words.


Exercise 3
In one paragraph, describe one of the locations in List A from the point of view of one of the characters in List B. Mix and match and do as many or as few as you want.

List A
hospital room
unfamiliar living room

List B
man late for meeting
pregnant woman

Have fun with these.



Aubrie said…
I love writing exercises! Sometimes they turn into great short stories, and even novels. :)
Joanne said…
I like these! It's a good idea to keep a little file of prompts like these, for those times when the words are resisting our best efforts. Thanks :)
Talli Roland said…
What great exercises, Carol! I've just finished my writing stint for the day but I may set these aside for tomorrow. Thanks!
Carol Kilgore said…
Aubrie - I love when an exercise turns into a real story!

Joanne - A file is a great idea.

Talli - Glad you like these.
Terry Odell said…
When I first started writing, an on-line group at iVillage used to do Monday "Open the Envelope" writing exercises. One of mine evolved into what is now offered as a Free Read from Cerridwen Press. It's called "The Other Side of the Page" and you can find it here.
Carol Kilgore said…
Helen - Gotta stay fresh :)

Terry - That's great!
Interesting prompts! Fortunately the fire was lit for me this weekend and I am off and running.
Mason Canyon said…
Great exercise. Sometimes when we focus on something new, what we were working on becomes clear again.

Thoughts in Progress
Carol Kilgore said…
Alex - Awesome! I'm happy for you.

Mason - That's so true.

Elspeth - LOL!
Good prompts. I plan to keep these and try one or two in the morning.
Southpaw said…
These are pretty cool. May...need...to borrow...
Carol Kilgore said…
Jane - Cool!

Southpaw - Go...right...ahead...
Anonymous said…
Those are great exercises, Carol. Thanks!
Carol Kilgore said…
Glad you like them.
Anonymous said…
I always enjoy a good writing exercise to get started. Somehow, it warms you up for facing the WIP and it gets you really focused on what you are doing.
Thanks for sharing these.