Recently, I’ve been feeling kind of uninspired in regards to my writing. I’ve been just about managing to stump up a couple of blog posts a week, but haven’t really done much in the way of fiction, or any non-blog related project, which considering one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to write more, is not great.
So what did I do in order to kick-start my creativity? I did what any bookworm would do and consulted with Amazon! Well, I went on there and bought a couple of books of writing exercises anyway!
I used to do a lot of writing exercises when I did Creative Writing at university, and whilst a lot of the time these were just to get us writing, or to practise the technique we had been learning about, sometimes a good fragment of story, or even just an idea would come out of them.
Therefore I decided to try and recreate this myself at home using Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan and 101 Creative Writing Exercises by Melissa Donovan (who is actually the editor and founder of Writing Forward – a great blog about writing). Back to Creative Writing School is full of really fun fiction writing exercises, whilst 101 Creative Writing Exercises encompasses all kinds of writing including freewriting, fiction, memoir, blog writing, article writing and even poetry.
So far I have done a couple of exercises from each book, and you know what? I feel like what I have written as a result could be turned into something decent with a little work.
So if you’re feeling kind of uninspired, then I can’t recommend enough that you try some writing exercises. You could even just Google some if you don’t want to spend any money on books, although I do really recommend the two that I bought. Even if nothing comes out of it that you want to work on further, it’s great to just set you off writing, and is a good way to practise and hone your skills.
So what about you? Have you ever tried any creative writing exercises? And do you have any other methods of kick-starting your creativity?