Is there a writing exercise that has been particularly helpful to you – perhaps one that gave birth to a fantastic story, or helped you create an especially memorable character? Maybe you have an exercise that you go back to time and again, one that simply helps to free up your creativity. Please share your favourite exercises with the rest of the Forum community so that we can try them, too. When making a submission, give a little background information, telling us where you first came across the exercise and how it has helped to improve your writing.
Please refer to our guidelines prior to making a submission. Exercises should be sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Writing Exercise Submission’.
An Exercise in Perspective in Four Parts - from Loree Westron
An Exercise in Structure - from Carolyn Thomas
Don’t Be Afraid to Get it Wrong — from Lynda Nash
I Can’t Stand the Suspense - Lynda Nash
The Journey — from Isabel Ashdown
Meet Your Inner Mentor — Rin Simpson
Pick and Mix — from Rin Simpson
Plot Soup - from Sarah Dobbs
Read All About It — from Annabelle Carvell
The Short Story Day Trip — from Doug Crandell
Starting Block — Lynda Nash
The Strange World of ASBOs — from Jane Rusbridge
Thinking Outside the Box — from Lynda Nash