Every writer can benefit from stretching and strengthening their creative muscles. Just as athletes use certain exercises to pinpoint and develop a specific muscle group, writers can use creative exercise to focus on a particular skill or technique that needs polishing. One of the most popular articles on the Writer’s Relief blog is about creative writing exercises, so our experts decided to bring you a few more writing exercises to help stretch your creative muscles!
Writing Exercises To Stretch Your Creative Muscles And Build Your Skills
- Describe a room (it can be an actual room or imaginary). Now describe it again from the POV of a character who has just lost someone they were close to.
- Write a story where no type of conflict occurs.
- Write about something that happens in just ten seconds, and try to fill at least one page with writing.
- Think of an event that has a significant emotional effect on you or your character. Instead of writing about the event itself, write detailed scenes about what happens right before and right after the event, skipping right over it.
- Select three random objects and weave a story in which one of the objects is essential to the opening and the buildup, another to the climax, and the third to the resolution.
- Describe something dying—but using no metaphors, only concrete details.
- Write a narrator who keeps lying to the reader. Try to conceal the fact that they’re lying at first, but make it increasingly clear to the reader as the story progresses—without having the narrator admit to lying.
- Choose a letter of the alphabet. Write for five to ten minutes—but don’t use that letter! If you want to make it harder, choose a vowel or extend your writing time. This is a great exercise to stretch your vocabulary and can be really fun for poets!
- Take a short story and convert it into poetry, or turn a poem into a short story.
- Use a dictionary to find a word that you’re unfamiliar with and use that word in a sentence. Then try to build a story based on that sentence.
Some of the exercises may seem challenging at first, but give them a try! The more you practice, the better your creative writing skills will become. And, while it’s not the ultimate purpose of a writing exercise, you might even come up with an unexpected, great idea for your next story, poem, essay, or chapter in your novel!
Question: Which of these creative writing exercises do you find most helpful?