Stuck for inspiration?
Don’t panic! It happens to all writers.
Here are ten of the best creative writing exercises to inspire you to start (and finish) that book.
1. Magazine Puzzle
Cut out interesting words, phrases, and images from a magazine. Place them in a bowl, close your eyes and pull out two of these magazine snippets. Write a mini-story of not more than 250 words. You’ve now created the basis for your first book.
2. Hello, you!
If you want to write a non-fiction book, write a letter to your future self. What do you want to say?
Describe a first. Your first kiss, your first kitten, your first day of school—all will make excellent stories.
Find the 7th book from your bookshelf (or digital library). Open it up to page 7. Look at the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a paragraph that begins with that sentence and limit the length to 7 lines. Repeat. Read them out and choose the one with the most promise.
5. Pin the Atlas
Find a world map and blindly put your finger on a spot. Then pretend you’re a travel writer and write about a weird experience you had in that particular country. You’ve now created the basis for your first book.
Open the dictionary to a random page. Find a word that you do not know how to define. Write an imaginary definition for it. Repeat until one inspires you.
Maybe that’s how Terry Pratchett comes up with his ideas
7. Switch Persona
Write a mini-story in the first person. Take on the persona of someone with a different gender, different nationality, and different age. Again, this can form the basis for a great book.
8. “I remember…”
Start a paragraph with, “I remember…” and let your memories dictate what you write.
9. Found Ads
Find two ads in the newspaper. Create a book idea only using words from the two ads.
10. Sell the pet
Write an advert selling a boa constrictor as a family pet. What happens next?
I hope these creative writing exercises helped you move forward with your book.