Timed Writing Exercises to Improve Your Writing
Writing prompts and exercises are a fantastic way to improve your writing, increase your creativity, and free you from writer’s-block hell!
You’re a Writer When You Write
“If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, but a waiter.” – Anonymous
I have been doing timed-writing exercises since I was 13 years old. I find the practice a freeing way to learn about your own voice and style. The technique opens doors that you never knew existed—story ideas suddenly exist on the page, and you don’t know what led to their discovery. The practice can feel like a trance, separating you from the editor many of us are used to; instead, you read your work a month later and are shocked at the riches on the page.
The following are exercises to include in your daily writing practice. A daily writing practice will lube your mind, so to speak, and put an end to writer’s block, promising words when you put pen to page. These are not meant to be fine essays or publishable works of fiction; however, they create those essays and works of fiction that you have, until now, only thought about. The real writing, they say, is in the rewriting. You must write before you get anything else done.
One-Minute Writing Exercises
Set your timer for one minute. If you go outside the parameters of the exercise, don’t sweat it. In your writing practice, the only rule is to keep writing. If you feel great in one particular exercise, either start over for another minute, or keep going for five minutes. NEVER STOP EARLY!
- Use the following words in a poem: candle, pen, bicycle, dig, forest
- One minute mystery. Include murderer(s), victim(s), weapon(s), place(s), setting
- Word relation: start with grass – go as quickly as possible for the whole minute (example: first word is balloon: I see a balloon, at the circus, with clowns, red noses, reindeer, Christmas, trees, snow, skiing, hit a tree, hospital, Grey’s Anatomy. etc.) Always try to write more whenever you do this exercise.
- Open the nearest book and pick a sentence from the middle of the page. Don’t be picky! Copy the sentence in your notebook. Write the words in a different order, throwing in some of your own if you want. (Example: Original sentence She found the warmth of the water conducive to the creative flow. Writing: Found the conducive flow creative to the water. The water flowed conducively to create the warmth she found... etc.)
- Make a list of positive adjectives
- Make a list of negative adjectives
- If/then – start every sentence with an “If,” and follow with a “then” statement: “If the sky were blue, then it’d be green.”
Five-Minute Writing Exercises
The following exercises can also be done for longer time periods, or you can create your own iterations doing one exercise several times in a row. Be surreal! In writing practice, you will often write things that make no sense. Go with it. Chaos creates. Have fun!
- I remember/I don’t remember (example: “I remember skating in the Olympics of 2010 in Rome, but I don’t remember what event I did because there wasn’t really a 2010 Olympics in Rome. I remember when I lived in Weymouth and the black railings on the porch, but I don’t remember any neighbors or what color the house was.”)
- Describe, in minute detail, the sounds around you. If you hear nothing, describe the nothing. Keep the pen moving.
- Personify the walls of your house or apartment. What does it think? What does it see? What is its name?
- Using the following words, write an angry poem: land, chair, haggard, crow, window pane, sidewalk, lounge, excellent
- Using the same words, write a love poem.
- Write a letter (not to be sent; unless you insist, of course) to your favorite author. Tell him/her why you’re a great writer too.
- I like/I don’t like (example: I like frosted flakes, but I don’t like milk. I like painted toes but I don’t like yogurt, etc.)
Ten-Minute Writing Exercises
Ten minutes is a great length for writing practice. It’s not so short that you can’t get a good feel for where you’re going with your words, but for the new writer, its length offers a stamina challenge. Remember: keep the pen moving.
- Grab a book, any book. Go to page 56. Copy the first line. Make it the first line of your story. Go to the first page. Enter the first sentence. Make it your last line. You now have a beginning and an end: write the story.
- Describe, in minute detail, waking up.
- Describe your hand. Go beyond how it looks. What does it do? What can it do? What will it do? The object is your hand; the subject is your hand – focus on your hand.
- Write about your first day of school.
- Choose ten words at random by looking around you, or use books and the internet to assist you. For now, here are ten: hot, bear, flashlight, peach, popsicle, foot rest, shell, bamboo, dole, jar – Write a story about your neighbor using those words.
- Find a dictionary online in a language you do not speak (such as German or Italian). Copy the first word you see. DO NOT look at the definition or have it translated. Write about what you think it means.
- Using that definition, write a story that involves grocery shopping.
Twenty-Minute Writing Exercises
Twenty-minute exercises are fantastic opportunities to allow your free-thinking (editor-free) mind to create something on the cohesive side. Where ten minutes can make you feel like you’re just getting starting, twenty can make you think you’re well on your way to a good story. Since the goal is to keep the pen moving for the whole twenty minutes, you are relying heavily on the practice you’ve been doing to provide you with words. The more you practice, the less you need worry about lack of words. They are inside you, in abundance. When you are afraid you’re running out, write “keep the pen moving.” This is merely your editor, returning. Ignore your inner editor.
- Write the perfect day, beginning with how you wake up.
- Look at a plant. Write the life of the plant – what it’s done, what it’s seen, where it’s heading, its thoughts.
- Look at the room you’re sitting in. Pick an area that is two foot by three foot. Describe the area and create a story around it. Put that 2’x3′ area into a new setting you have created. (Example: I could write about my butcher block table in my kitchen that holds my salt, pepper, oft-used spices, oils and rice maker, as well as my utensils. I’ll put it in Rachael Ray’s kitchen. The butcher block is in the scene as Rachael argues with her husband for the upteenth time about why she refuses to make him a birthday cake instead of a birthday lasagna).
- Write The Great American Novel, starting every sentence with “This novel is about. “
- The Number Exercise: Start a story, the first sentence having the word “one.” Every sentence or two or three, create a sentence using the next number. (Example: One day, Catherine sat outside on her porch. Two birds were chirping noisily at the bird feeder. It was only the third her father had ever made. She grimaced as one bird flapped four times and fell to the ground. etc.)
- For insight, soul searching, and reaching deep, do some of the one- and five-minute exercises mentioned above for the whole twenty minutes. You’ll feel great!
A Quick Word About Tools
Try a Timer
In timed-writing exercises, you want to use a timer. Do not rely on looking at the clock. This calculated thought will interrupt your creative flow (and I do not use this phrase “creative flow” in any corny way. Writing practice truly creates a creative flow). Use a kitchen timer with a strong ding! or a timer on your phone that is tested and true.
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Pick the Right Pen
Use a pen that has plenty of ink. Ball point pens, carried in twos, are great options. I tried writing practice with a fountain pen before, and though I love writing with fountain pens, practicing with one was inefficient. My hand moved too fast for the ink to stay with me. Choose a pen that can keep pace with your thoughts.
I highly recommend writing longhand. I can type 100 words per minute, but when I practice writing, I prefer to use paper for the simple reason that I am more connected with what I am writing. The backspace key is too prevalent, and typos can distract me. Grammar tools that highlight a word or phrase with red or green are also distracting. When you are writing, practicing, you don’t want an editor over your shoulder. It is contrary to the point of the exercise. Save it for when you want to think carefully, set up a plot, rewrite – save it for when you want to edit. Right now, you are writing.
Choose a Notebook
I suggest spiral notebooks, composition notebooks and blank notebooks (no lines). Fancy journals can distract you from letting go of your inhibitions and plant a seed that what you write in this fancy book should be good. If you think it won’t deter you, by all means, do what you choose. But a plain spiral or composition notebook is cheap, and when you get into the habit of writing practice, you will fill them up quickly. As you open to the process, your writing will become less legible. Whenever I have used a fancy journal (leather cover, or glitter, or a $28 price tag), I slowed down and took my time, making the words legible, the content more stilted, and writing practice was not the joy of letting-go that it was. Those journals you find at dollar stores, or that you receive as gifts but don’t really like? Those are perfect for practicing.
Try Small Experiments
Try writing in your notebook upside down, or turn the book sideways, or write outside the margins set in the notebook. These small tasks will force you to think in creative ways, forcing your brain to adjust to something new. At the same time, try an entire exercise using your opposite hand, or in print rather than cursive. Such changes of habit open the doors of your imagination.
For more about writing practice, firing your inner editor, and letting go in your writing, check out my other articles. I also recommend reading Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, the book that set me on this path over 15 years ago.
“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
— E. M. Forster
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 08, 2019:
You’re very welcome! Come back and let me know how it goes. 🙂 It’s NEVER too late.
LelasWhatnot on January 30, 2019:
This is great advice I wish I knew it earlier. Thank you
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on March 04, 2015:
Thank you, Tina! Write on!
Asalina from Alabama on March 01, 2015:
Thanks for the insight, I am trying to get in the practice of letting one know when their hub has inspired me.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on August 04, 2014:
I’m sorry you are going through a busy time that leaves you feeling overwhelmed. It’s no fun, even when the things that make us feel that way are things we feel are benefits (which happens to me a lot – you know – like parenting!!) If you like writing, and do feel stress, something I used to do that actually helped me, was to write in my journal without looking. I would lie in bed, as if to sleep (sometimes I was trying to sleep), and hold my pen over the notebook, arm outstretched. Every thought that came in my head, I visualized it going from my head to my neck, shoulder, arm and hand, and out of the pen onto the paper. Looking at it the next day, it looks like a big scribble, with word after word written on top of each other, but it really did make me feel lighter.
I hope your writer’s block leaves you soon!
Debbie Villines from Iowa on July 30, 2014:
I really enjoyed this post; and I will try and put the writers exercises, to practice, I seem to get writers block a lot these days, but there is so much going on in my life for now, its almost over whelming. But thanks for the advise and the information, is very useful;) I like blogging, because its a shorter, way of getting my information out there;
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on April 13, 2012:
Doing just five minutes a day makes me feel accomplished. When I am especially all about my kiddo or housework, it feels great to do something creative. Thanks for taking time to check out my hubs, Millionaire Tips! 😉
Shasta Matova from USA on April 13, 2012:
These are great suggestions to practice a variety of writing and get out of the rut of writing the same thing all the time. Really tests your skills and keeps you interested as well.
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on June 09, 2011:
That makes me really happy, M. Everest! Have you done any since you posted this comment? I’ve been incredibly busy with my son and various other sundry things. time for you to practice! Any fun things? Thanks for taking time to comment! I will post more practice ideas soon. 😀
M. Everest from Northern California on April 20, 2011:
Oh my gosh, this is a great article! I found myself reading through it and wanting to do all of the prompt ideas. These are really good (and inspirational). Nice hub!
Christen Roberts (author) from Harrisburg, PA on February 06, 2011:
Thank you, Mike! Your comments are encouraging; I really appreciate it. I’m thinking about opening my old notebooks and seeing what exercises I’ve done so I can post a very straight-forward exercises list, for someone to print out or just bookmark when they’re in a rut. It would be a lot of fun for me to see them again as well (and the high school ones may be a tad bit embarrassing, but it’s all humbling and good for the soul!)
Do artists have similar methods of practicing?
Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on February 04, 2011:
The suggestions here will be useful for anyone struggling with writer’s block or looking to improve their work. You demonstrate not only a real ability to write, but to teach writing, as well. I have bookmarked this page for future reference. Thanks for sharing!
Creative Writing 10 Minute Challenge
A Powerpoint that has 52 pictures to inspire writing. On opening slide you can either click button which will choose a slide at random, or enter a number. On that picture slide, there is a button which will give a 10 minute count down in which the children then write around the picture. My class love it -especially the boys (who I think respond well to the time limit). Please rate and comment. baz
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105 Creative Writing Exercises To Get You Writing Again
You know that feeling when you just don’t feel like writing? Sometimes you can’t even get a word down on paper. It’s the most frustrating thing ever to a writer, especially when you’re working towards a deadline. The good news is that we have a list of 105 creative writing exercises to help you get motivated and start writing again!
What are creative writing exercises?
Creative writing exercises are short writing activities (normally around 10 minutes) designed to get you writing. The goal of these exercises is to give you the motivation to put words onto a blank paper. These words don’t need to be logical or meaningful, neither do they need to be grammatically correct or spelt correctly. The whole idea is to just get you writing something, anything. The end result of these quick creative writing exercises is normally a series of notes, bullet points or ramblings that you can, later on, use as inspiration for a bigger piece of writing such as a story or a poem.
Good creative writing exercises are short, quick and easy to complete. You shouldn’t need to think too much about your style of writing or how imaginative your notes are. Just write anything that comes to mind, and you’ll be on the road to improving your creative writing skills and beating writer’s block.
Use the generator below to get a random creative writing exercise idea:
List of 105+ Creative Writing Exercises
Here are over 105 creative writing exercises to give your brain a workout and help those creative juices flow again:
- Set a timer for 60 seconds. Now write down as many words or phrases that come to mind at that moment.
- Pick any colour you like. Now start your sentence with this colour. For example, Orange, the colour of my favourite top.
- Open a book or dictionary on a random page. Pick a random word. You can close your eyes and slowly move your finger across the page. Now, write a paragraph with this random word in it. You can even use an online dictionary to get random words:
- Create your own alphabet picture book or list. It can be A to Z of animals, food, monsters or anything else you like!
- Using only the sense of smell, describe where you are right now.
- Take a snack break. While eating your snack write down the exact taste of that food. The goal of this creative writing exercise is to make your readers savour this food as well.
- Pick a random object in your room and write a short paragraph from its point of view. For example, how does your pencil feel? What if your lamp had feelings?
- Describe your dream house. Where would you live one day? Is it huge or tiny?
- Pick two different TV shows, movies or books that you like. Now swap the main character. What if Supergirl was in Twilight? What if SpongeBob SquarePants was in The Flash? Write a short scene using this character swap as inspiration.
- What’s your favourite video game? Write at least 10 tips for playing this game.
- Pick your favourite hobby or sports. Now pretend an alien has just landed on Earth and you need to teach it this hobby or sport. Write at least ten tips on how you would teach this alien.
- Use a random image generator and write a paragraph about the first picture you see.
- Write a letter to your favourite celebrity or character. What inspires you most about them? Can you think of a memorable moment where this person’s life affected yours? We have this helpful guide on writing a letter to your best friend for extra inspiration.
- Write down at least 10 benefits of writing. This can help motivate you and beat writer’s block.
- Complete this sentence in 10 different ways: Patrick waited for the school bus and…
- Pick up a random book from your bookshelf and go to page 9. Find the ninth sentence on that page. Use this sentence as a story starter.
- Create a character profile based on all the traits that you hate. It might help to list down all the traits first and then work on describing the character.
- What is the scariest or most dangerous situation you have ever been in? Why was this situation scary? How did you cope at that moment?
- Pretend that you’re a chat show host and you’re interviewing your favourite celebrity. Write down the script for this conversation.
- Using extreme detail, write down what you have been doing for the past one hour today. Think about your thoughts, feelings and actions during this time.
- Make a list of potential character names for your next story. You can use a fantasy name generator to help you.
- Describe a futuristic setting. What do you think the world would look like in 100 years time?
- Think about a recent argument you had with someone. Would you change anything about it? How would you resolve an argument in the future?
- Describe a fantasy world. What kind of creatures live in this world? What is the climate like? What everyday challenges would a typical citizen of this world face? You can use this fantasy world name generator for inspiration.
- At the flip of a switch, you turn into a dragon. What kind of dragon would you be? Describe your appearance, special abilities, likes and dislikes. You can use a dragon name generator to give yourself a cool dragon name.
- Pick your favourite book or a famous story. Now change the point of view. For example, you could rewrite the fairytale, Cinderella. This time around, Prince Charming could be the main character. What do you think Prince Charming was doing, while Cinderella was cleaning the floors and getting ready for the ball?
- Pick a random writing prompt and use it to write a short story. Check out this collection of over 300 writing prompts for kids to inspire you.
- Write a shopping list for a famous character in history. Imagine if you were Albert Einstein’s assistant, what kind of things would he shop for on a weekly basis?
- Create a fake advertisement poster for a random object that is near you right now. Your goal is to convince the reader to buy this object from you.
- What is the worst (or most annoying) sound that you can imagine? Describe this sound in great detail, so your reader can understand the pain you feel when hearing this sound.
- What is your favourite song at the moment? Pick one line from this song and describe a moment in your life that relates to this line.
- You’re hosting an imaginary dinner party at your house. Create a list of people you would invite, and some party invites. Think about the theme of the dinner party, the food you will serve and entertainment for the evening.
- You are waiting to see your dentist in the waiting room. Write down every thought you are having at this moment in time.
- Make a list of your greatest fears. Try to think of at least three fears. Now write a short story about a character who is forced to confront one of these fears.
- Create a ‘Wanted’ poster for a famous villain of your choice. Think about the crimes they have committed, and the reward you will give for having them caught.
- Imagine you are a journalist for the ‘Imagine Forest Times’ newspaper. Your task is to get an exclusive interview with the most famous villain of all time. Pick a villain of your choice and interview them for your newspaper article. What questions would you ask them, and what would their responses be?
- In a school playground, you see the school bully hurting a new kid. Write three short stories, one from each perspective in this scenario (The bully, the witness and the kid getting bullied).
- You just won $10 million dollars. What would you spend this money on?
- Pick a random animal, and research at least five interesting facts about this animal. Write a short story centred around one of these interesting facts.
- Pick a global issue that you are passionate about. This could be climate change, black lives matters, women’s rights etc. Now create a campaign poster for this global issue.
- Write an acrostic poem about an object near you right now (or even your own name). You could use a poetry idea generator to inspire you.
- Imagine you are the head chef of a 5-star restaurant. Recently the business has slowed down. Your task is to come up with a brand-new menu to excite customers. Watch this video prompt on YouTube to inspire you.
- What is your favourite food of all time? Imagine if this piece of food was alive, what would it say to you?
- If life was one big musical, what would you be singing about right now? Write the lyrics of your song.
- Create and describe the most ultimate villain of all time. What would their traits be? What would their past look like? Will they have any positive traits?
- Complete this sentence in at least 10 different ways: Every time I look out of the window, I…
- You have just made it into the local newspaper, but what for? Write down at least five potential newspaper headlines. Here’s an example, Local Boy Survives a Deadly Illness.
- If you were a witch or a wizard, what would your specialist area be and why? You might want to use a Harry Potter name generator or a witch name generator for inspiration.
- What is your favourite thing to do on a Saturday night? Write a short story centred around this activity.
- Your main character has just received the following items: A highlighter, a red cap, a teddy bear and a fork. What would your character do with these items? Can you write a story using these items?
- Create a timeline of your own life, from birth to this current moment. Think about the key events in your life, such as birthdays, graduations, weddings and so on. After you have done this, you can pick one key event from your life to write a story about.
- Think of a famous book or movie you like. Rewrite a scene from this book or movie, where the main character is an outsider. They watch the key events play out, but have no role in the story. What would their actions be? How would they react?
- Three very different characters have just won the lottery. Write a script for each character, as they reveal the big news to their best friend.
- Write a day in the life story of three different characters. How does each character start their day? What do they do throughout the day? And how does their day end?
- Write about the worst experience in your life so far. Think about a time when you were most upset or angry and describe it.
- Imagine you’ve found a time machine in your house. What year would you travel to and why?
- Describe your own superhero. Think about their appearance, special abilities and their superhero name. Will they have a secret identity? Who is their number one enemy?
- What is your favourite country in the world? Research five fun facts about this country and use one to write a short story.
- Set yourself at least three writing goals. This could be a good way to motivate yourself to write every day. For example, one goal might be to write at least 150 words a day.
- Create a character description based on the one fact, three fiction rule. Think about one fact or truth about yourself. And then add in three fictional or fantasy elements. For example, your character could be the same age as you in real life, this is your one fact. And the three fictional elements could be they have the ability to fly, talk in over 100 different languages and have green skin.
- Describe the perfect person. What traits would they have? Think about their appearance, their interests and their dislikes.
- Keep a daily journal or diary. This is a great way to keep writing every day. There are lots of things you can write about in your journal, such as you can write about the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ of your day. Think about anything that inspired you or anything that upset you, or just write anything that comes to mind at the moment.
- Write a book review or a movie review. If you’re lost for inspiration, just watch a random movie or read any book that you can find. Then write a critical review on it. Think about the best parts of the book/movie and the worst parts. How would you improve the book or movie?
- Write down a conversation between yourself. You can imagine talking to your younger self or future self (i.e. in 10 years’ time). What would you tell them? Are there any lessons you learned or warnings you need to give? Maybe you could talk about what your life is like now and compare it to their life?
- Try writing some quick flash fiction stories. Flash fiction is normally around 500 words long, so try to stay within this limit.
- Write a six-word story about something that happened to you today or yesterday. A six-word story is basically an entire story told in just six words. Take for example: “Another football game ruined by me.” or “A dog’s painting sold for millions.” – Six-word stories are similar to writing newspaper headlines. The goal is to summarise your story in just six words.
- The most common monsters or creatures used in stories include vampires, werewolves, dragons, the bigfoot, sirens and the loch-ness monster. In a battle of intelligence, who do you think will win and why?
- Think about an important event in your life that has happened so far, such as a birthday or the birth of a new sibling. Now using the 5 W’s and 1 H technique describe this event in great detail. The 5 W’s include: What, Who, Where, Why, When and the 1 H is: How. Ask yourself questions about the event, such as what exactly happened on that day? Who was there? Why was this event important? When and where did it happen? And finally, how did it make you feel?
- Pretend to be someone else. Think about someone important in your life. Now put yourself into their shoes, and write a day in the life story about being them. What do you think they do on a daily basis? What situations would they encounter? How would they feel?
- Complete this sentence in at least 10 different ways: I remember…
- Write about your dream holiday. Where would you go? Who would you go with? And what kind of activities would you do?
- Which one item in your house do you use the most? Is it the television, computer, mobile phone, the sofa or the microwave? Now write a story of how this item was invented. You might want to do some research online and use these ideas to build up your story.
- In exactly 100 words, describe your bedroom. Try not to go over or under this word limit.
- Make a top ten list of your favourite animals. Based on this list create your own animal fact file, where you provide fun facts about each animal in your list.
- What is your favourite scene from a book or a movie? Write down this scene. Now rewrite the scene in a different genre, such as horror, comedy, drama etc.
- Change the main character of a story you recently read into a villain. For example, you could take a popular fairytale such as Jack and the Beanstalk, but this time re-write the story to make Jack the villain of the tale.
- Complete the following sentence in at least 10 different ways: Do you ever wonder…
- What does your name mean? Research the meaning of your own name, or a name that interests you. Then use this as inspiration for your next story. For example, the name ‘Marty’ means “Servant Of Mars, God Of War”. This could make a good concept for a sci-fi story.
- Make a list of three different types of heroes (or main characters) for potential future stories.
- If someone gave you $10 dollars, what would you spend it on and why?
- Describe the world’s most boring character in at least 100 words.
- What is the biggest problem in the world today, and how can you help fix this issue?
- Create your own travel brochure for your hometown. Think about why tourists might want to visit your hometown. What is your town’s history? What kind of activities can you do? You could even research some interesting facts.
- Make a list of all your favourite moments or memories in your life. Now pick one to write a short story about.
- Describe the scariest and ugliest monster you can imagine. You could even draw a picture of this monster with your description.
- Write seven haikus, one for each colour of the rainbow. That’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
- Imagine you are at the supermarket. Write down at least three funny scenarios that could happen to you at the supermarket. Use one for your next short story.
- Imagine your main character is at home staring at a photograph. Write the saddest scene possible. Your goal is to make your reader cry when reading this scene.
- What is happiness? In at least 150 words describe the feeling of happiness. You could use examples from your own life of when you felt happy.
- Think of a recent nightmare you had and write down everything you can remember. Use this nightmare as inspiration for your next story.
- Keep a dream journal. Every time you wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning you can quickly jot down things that you remember from your dreams. These notes can then be used as inspiration for a short story.
- Your main character is having a really bad day. Describe this bad day and the series of events they experience. What’s the worst thing that could happen to your character?
- You find a box on your doorstep. You open this box and see the most amazing thing ever. Describe this amazing thing to your readers.
- Make a list of at least five possible settings or locations for future stories. Remember to describe each setting in detail.
- Think of something new you recently learned. Write this down. Now write a short story where your main character also learns the same thing.
- Describe the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen in your whole life. Your goal is to amaze your readers with its beauty.
- Make a list of things that make you happy or cheer you up. Try to think of at least five ideas. Now imagine living in a world where all these things were banned or against the law. Use this as inspiration for your next story.
- Would you rather be rich and alone or poor and very popular? Write a story based on the lives of these two characters.
- Imagine your main character is a Librarian. Write down at least three dark secrets they might have. Remember, the best secrets are always unexpected.
- There’s a history behind everything. Describe the history of your house. How and when was your house built? Think about the land it was built on and the people that may have lived here long before you.
- Imagine that you are the king or queen of a beautiful kingdom. Describe your kingdom in great detail. What kind of rules would you have? Would you be a kind ruler or an evil ruler of the kingdom?
- Make a wish list of at least three objects you wish you owned right now. Now use these three items in your next story. At least one of them must be the main prop in the story.
- Using nothing but the sense of taste, describe a nice Sunday afternoon at your house. Remember you can’t use your other senses (i.e see, hear, smell or touch) in this description.
- What’s the worst pain you felt in your life? Describe this pain in great detail, so your readers can also feel it.
- If you were lost on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere, what three must-have things would you pack and why?
- Particpate in online writing challenges or contests. Here at Imagine Forest, we offer daily writing challenges with a new prompt added every day to inspire you. Check out our challenges section in the menu.
Do you have any more fun creative writing exercises to share? Let us know in the comments below!