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Feeling Stagnant? Try These Writing Exercises!

by Shiny Blue Gardevoir

Shiny Blue Gardevoir Title says it all. If you're feeling completely lost, or you don't have the motivation to write anymore, try these!
1.) Describe a scene from a blind person's perspective.

Often when people describe a scene, they rely solely on what the characters can see, and totally neglect other sensory inputs, like smells, scents, sounds (Aside from dialogue), and even the things the characters are touching. Writing a scene with a blind character will force you to find more creative ways to describe a scene, without falling into the trap of describing solely what can be seen.

Try the following prompts, if you need some ideas:

A blind man walks into a flower shop, needing a gift for his wife

A blind woman has just started her first shift at a bakery, and she can't remember where she left the vanilla for a cake order she's making

2.) Try writing an 'explosive sentence' story

If you want to write a story, and are really, really stuck for ideas, think of an 'explosive sentence'. Think of a grand declaration, or accusation. Think of a point in a story where everything comes to a head based on what a character says. Now, try and create a story around it. If you know what your climax is going to be, it might be easier for you to build a story leading up to that climax, or coming down from it. Come up with an explosive sentence, or, try writing a story based on the ones below, if you need ideas:

"You killed my mother," she said coolly, "And I've got the hammer to prove it."

"I didn't appreciate what I had, until I lost it."

3.) Write a story about something you know nothing about

It sounds crazy, doesn't it? You can't write what you don't know, or so they say. Well, to that, I say, bollocks. With enough research, you can write anything. Writing a story about the second world war? Look it up. Read about it. Talk to someone who fought in it. With enough research, you can write an amazing, realistic, and detailed story, even if you haven't actually experienced anything you're writing about. Here's a few to get you started:

Write a story about an onna-bugeisha (A class of warrior women from feudal Japan, who fought alongside samurai)

Write about someone suffering from a rare, chronic disease.