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Any of you have some good writing exercises to share? I'm Too Tired from grading to start anything big right now but am longing for some literary calisthenics. Poetry, fiction, whatever you've got.

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sandykidd
May. 6th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I like to ask my friends for writing prompts. When I need a boost, I post to my LJ a request for 3 prompts each from everyone of a mind to give them. Could be one-word prompts, could be one-sentence prompts. Whatever they feel like. Then I write drabbles and little flashes of fiction to all the prompts I gravitate to.

That's how I ended up writing about menu items named after science project items... :)
bombshellcat
May. 6th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
For peotry or really short fiction I ask friends to give me one word and I just run with that.
epiphanyx7
May. 29th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Something I occasionally do when I need a challenge is try and write a scene (of something I'm already working on, or something entirely new) and give myself a strange goal.

Once, I tried to work the title of a poem into the dialogue, so it flowed naturally.

Something I often try (and usually fail at) is to write an entire scene without starting a single sentence with a pronoun.

Sometimes I look up old NaNoWriMo dares and try and make them honestly work in a story, regardless of how strange and bizarre they may be on their own.

Um, something that often leads to strange and interesting places, for me and my friends, at least, is to have a "Start a story with this line" competition. Everyone starts with the same opening line (like "Where the hell are my pants?") and then you just run with it, making up characters and situations at will.
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