Exercises For Creative Writing

If you have time for a "Part II" to this exercise, have each pair revise their dialogue set to include a couple of "beats" or the the "action tags" that show the small actions characters take as they engage in dialogue.For example: During this creative writing activity, encourage group members to ask questions that reveal character, rather than only questions about appearance.For some, creative writing can be less stress-inducing than writing that must follow rigorous academic conventions.Try these starters: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivs 4.0 License.

I hope the ideas here will also be of use to writers looking for warm-up exercises or story starters.

With these components or ones inspired by a more conventional poem, individuals may construct a story. Whichever side one takes, the other's must take the opposing view.

Have each pair politely and respectfully debate their subject for five or ten minutes.

Behind him, nothing but ash-colored sky, bare trees, and plumes of smoke belching from the factory in the distance.

A lone sparrow rested on a branch, one beady eye watching.

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  1. These are supplemented with two essays of special interest to the student of modern philosophy, On the Ultimate Origination of Things of 1697 and the Preface to his New Essays of 1703-1705.