The journey to becoming a writer is not smooth or pleasant and there are times when writer’s block rears its ugly head. When that does occur, it clouds your mind and makes it impossible for you to focus. On these, it is hard to write as words refuse to take shape in your mind.
Here are daily creative writing exercises you can try for one week that will help you hone your skills and prepare you for the road ahead.
- Write a review on a book you have read: The interesting aspect of this is that you could review the book and share your thoughts on it. You can take things a step further by trying to re-write the book if you feel it didn’t end well or you know something the original author could have done better.
This exercise is fun and it will help you become a better writer because you don’t have to publish the re-write. Do your best, however, to avoid copyright issues.
- Set your timer for five minutes, then start writing. Don’t worry about the quality of your words, just get them on paper. When the five minutes have passed, check your word count. Restart the timer and do the same thing, but also try to beat your record.
- Write about events in your life that may be pleasant or unpleasant, just the way you remember them.
- If emotions were real humans, what would they look like? Describe them vividly.
- Create a storyline from your favorite song.
- Write a piece revolving around ‘if humans edited their characters the way they do to selfies…’
- Still your mind for a few seconds and write on the first word that comes to mind.
- If your smartphone could talk for an hour, what would it say?