Objects: Have the character describe the object in a way that convinces the reader of its beauty. Now write a second version where you convince the reader through describing the object alone that the character is mentally unstable.
Write down five emotions on slips of paper and slip them into a hat. Now go outside and find a tree. Draw one emotion from the hat, and try to describe that tree from the perspective of a character feeling that emotion. Have a character who is devastated to find this object, and tell the story of why this object devastates them.
Go to an art-based Pinterest page and find your favorite piece of art. Pick a simple object like a vase, a broom, or a light bulb, and write a scene that makes the reader cry when they see the object.
Emotions: Write a character who is forced to confront one of those fears. Now try to condense that page into a single searing sentence. Think about a time in your life when you felt shame. Now write a character in a similar situation, trying to make it even more shameful. Characters: Now have your main character encounter them and feel sympathy and empathy for them despite their faults.
Write about a character who does something they swore they would never do. For instance, bench pressing while reciting the emperors in a Chinese dynasty. I thought I was better than this. I thought I was talented. So why am I producing such crap? Where Does Perfectionism Come From? Perfectionism begins with pride. More like best book of the century.
Why did I ever think it was a good idea to write this? The secret ingredient is PLAY. You want to write it in longhand rather than typing on your computer, as handwriting slows down the process and allows more time for your creative brain to do its work.
Grab a pen and blank pad and simply start writing. Write down whatever comes into your brain, no matter how nonsensical or disjointed. Write a story told to you. In this exercise, you want to recount a story told to you by another person. It can be a story one of your parents or grandparents shared about something that happened many years ago, or it can be a more recent event a friend or family member recounted.
Or you can tell a story you learned in school or through reading about a well-known person or event. The story can be funny, sad, or educational — but it should be interesting, entertaining, or engaging in some way.
Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, readers love stories. They enjoy relating to the lives and experiences of other people. Pretend to be someone else. You can choose a person you know well, or you can write from the point of view of an imagined character. Choose one situation, encounter, or setting, and write what you see, hear, think, and feel about the scenario.
Write about something or someone who changed your life. In this exercise, rather than telling the story of someone else or pretending to be another person, you want to share your story from your perspective. Write about a person or event that has profoundly impacted you and changed your life. Pour your heart into this writing. Describe your surroundings. Challenge yourself to use descriptive language to set the scene. Pick a number.
Even numbers can serve to inspire writing. This exercise combines numbers with something else you probably have at your disposal. Pick a random number between 1 and Then look to your bookshelf real or virtual and choose the nth book. Note: If you have more than 30 books on your shelf, you can choose a bigger number.
Select a dish representative of a national cuisine, and have a character describe it in such detail that the reader salivates and the personality of the character is revealed. There you go guys, this is a small piece and you can translate it. This sentence will be a part of your story: beginning, final, or maybe some info from the middle… For example, It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. More, more we need more!
A writing prompt is an idea that jumpstarts the writing process.
Hello, you! Write about a person or event that has profoundly impacted you and changed your life. If the paper and pencil version is not your style, you can also use a web-based random word generator like the one at randomlists. The more you have of that element, the farther out toward the circle you should place the dot. From there, you can take that dream and turn it into a story or play with possible interpretations — serious or just for fun. For example, can you write down a short piece using only nouns, or verbs, or what if your every single sentense will begin with letter T.
Do it anyway! Write a mini-story of not more than words. But I also think any of these will help you create a narrative, and a plot, and help you generate all kinds of dialogue, whether for short stories or for novels.
Use writing prompts.
Write Better Books. What has happened to make you feel anxious and ruin your day? In this case, each letter of the name corresponds to some trait or quality of that character. The more you have of that element, the farther out toward the circle you should place the dot. Magazine Puzzle Cut out interesting words, phrases, and images from a magazine. You want to write it in longhand rather than typing on your computer, as handwriting slows down the process and allows more time for your creative brain to do its work.
You can choose any story you like and arrange it yourself. Write a mini-story of not more than words. The story can be funny, sad, or educational — but it should be interesting, entertaining, or engaging in some way.
Get ready! Negative Space In art and design, negative space is the area surrounding an object as opposed to the object itself. In this case, each letter of the name corresponds to some trait or quality of that character. Write a well known story from a different point of view.
Connect the dots and shade in the resulting shape, and you will have a visual representation of how—and how well—you have shown that character in that particular scene. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Fighting about politics, let them play chess. Describe your surroundings. Pretend to be someone else. Try to see this younger self as a real and separate person when you write the letter.