Writing Exercises II

22 Jun

Grab your notebook and let’s get creative! Even when you’re already working on a story, taking a little break and exercising the writing muscle with small writing exercises is really fun and who knows what it might generate? It’s always exciting to dive into something new, so enjoy before you jump back into your own story, or maybe start a new one.

1.

Use a character that you have already used before. Have it be a flat character. Now dump him mercilessly into a scene with a freshly made-up character. Make this character the opposite of your flat character. I know, I know, your character is a bit flat, but you should still have an idea of who he is overall. Now give your flat character a secret, a surprising one. He or she is secretly gay and in love with their best friend, or he or she is being abused by a girlfriend/boyfriend. Or maybe he or she was born with six toes on both feet. It can be weird, it can be funny, it can be serious. It doesn’t matter, as long as you surprise yourself (and therefore also the reader). Make the new character come into contact with the (now previously) flat character. Despite their differences in character they feel comfortable enough to discuss his/her secret. What advice does the new character give? Or does he/she not give any advice? Maybe the new character has a problem of his/her own. Make it as long or short as you want. Play with it, have fun!

2.

Create a character with a flaw. It can be any flaw, he’s easily jealous, naïve, stubborn, proud, licks windows, eats plastic, whatever. But in this scene his particular flaw is exactly what stands him in the way of what he wants/needs to do. So for instance, a man who is horribly afraid of germs, sees a dog who is stuck in a small river. He wants to help, but his fear of germs is holding him back. How does he cope? What does he do? Conflict is key in any story and internal conflict is most interesting!

3.

Oh, no! Your character has been kidnapped and held prisoner somewhere. Trick is, he was blindfolded. He gets rescued but the kidnappers escaped. Now your character has to describe as much as he can to the police. Use the senses as much as possible. This is to train your descriptive skillz. (With a z makes it extra skilful).

4.

Hahaha! Why am I laughing? Doesn’t matter, laughter is good. Humour even better. Well, the two kind of go together. Humour is good when you’re trying to write something funny, but many people sometimes forget that humour in darker stories is also important. Especially subtle humour.

-Write a scene with two characters who are trying to have a conversation about the same thing, but inadvertently are talking about two different things. This might make for some eyebrow raising moments, but in a good way.

-Write a scene with one character. Describe what he does and how he does it. Make it funny, not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, it can be a scene that is coated in funny, not dowsed. Even though there is no dialogue, you can still use his/her thoughts to also create humour. Think Mr Bean, he was able to create many funny moments without using words. Perhaps your character is breaking in somewhere looking for something and trying to keep the place intact, but instead breaks things and doesn’t handle the situation well while thinking that he is.

The paper is your playground, so play!

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3 Responses to “Writing Exercises II”

  1. Michael J Lawrence June 25, 2013 at 12:00 am #

    Where’d you get the WIP widget?

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