There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday's Writing Workout!

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On the weekends, prompts keep my creativity warmed up so I don’t “pull a muscle” on Monday morning. During the week, prompts jump-start my writing routine. Consider using your own characters and settings for these prompts. You might come up with dazzling new ideas for your WiP! All you’ll need for these exercises is your writing materials and an open mind. Remember to drink lots of water and stretch!
Start it up!
Exercise 1
What if this was a leap year (next year is!) and you were born on February 29? How would this effect your birthday celebrations?
Ramp it up! 
Exercise 2
Pretend you’re related to an infamous historical figure. Write a journal entry describing a day in your life with this wicked relative.
Burn it up!
Exercise 3: from Writer’s Digest
Let the pen lead you–literally. Create a story in which an author is led on a strange and comical quest by his or her trusty pen that comes to life one day.
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Cool it down.
Exercise 4
Have any Starburst candies or jelly beans on hand? Eat one flavor at a time and write about the first thing that comes to mind. 
Every Wednesday I post prompts and exercises for your “writing workout” so keep checking back! Happy writing!!!


Laura Pauling said...

what a great story concept - a teen related to some infamous figure like Jesse James who haunts him and gives him social tips. :)

Bluestocking said...

Ooh, candy! Just so long as they're normal jelly beans and not Bertie Bots Every Favor beans... That could end badly. Perhaps some good descriptions, but a bit dangerous for the palette :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

Oh my gosh...I think I'll do the one about the infamous relative. Hey, I just noticed you have me on your side bar! Thanks! ((hug)) :)

Tana Adams said...

Now I am determined to give one of my characters the ubiquitous birthday of February 29!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Wish I had Skittles... Great exercise ideas, as always!

Jolene Perry said...

Those are awesome! As always, thanks Laura!

Sophia Richardson said...

I'm amazed you keep offering these fun writing exercises every week, Laura-- keep up the great work!
- Sophia.

Carla said...

I love the living pen idea...I can feel a story growing now! Great prompts! Thanks!

Carla @

Summer Ross said...

I adore number three- I may try that out and see where it goes. Thanks for posting these.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Thanks, Laura! I needed a quick prompt for my composition students, and I knew just where to go!! :-)

Laura Marcella said...

Laura- That's a good idea you have! It would be interesting to be related to someone infamous!

Bluestocking- LOL, I considered putting those! Santa used to put those in my siblings and my stockings. We had such fun eating them... and spitting them out, haha.

Raquel- You're welcome! I'm very excited for you and your book's upcoming release!

Tana- The mysterious "T" is revealed! You have such a pretty name! My cousin used to date a girl born on Feb. 29. She would celebrate her birthday on the 28 AND on March 1, haha!

Nicole- Mmmm, skittles!!!

Jolene- Thanks a bunch and you're welcome!

Sophia- Thanks very much for saying so! I appreciate your kind comment. :)

Carla- I know, isn't that fun? I wouldn't mind going on adventures with my pen or pencil! Oh, wait, I guess that is what I do when I'm writing, lol.

Summer- Definitely give it a go! Have fun! :)

Shannon- Yay, I'm so happy you use these for your students! I hope they have fun with them!

Melissa said...

A kid I went to elementary school with was born on the 29th...everyone teased him and said he was only two.....

Stina Lindenblatt said...

There are definitely some cool exercises here. Love #2. That might make an awesome story/novel. :D

Jen Daiker said...

You just gave me a reason to go by Jelly Bellys... I heart you forever.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Thanks for the fun exercises, Laura!

Laura Marcella said...

Melissa- The poor kid! Kids aren't very creative sometimes. That's an unoriginal way to tease a leap day baby, lol.

Stina- Thanks! I'm glad youlike them. I hope you try out the exercises and come up with something amazing!

Jen- I love Jelly Bellys! I also love the Starburst jelly beans. YUM!

Elizabeth- You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a great week and enjoy the weekend!

Arlee Bird said...

Good mind stretching ideas.

Glad you're doing the challenge again.

Tossing It Out

Laura Marcella said...

Arlee- Thanks! This is my first year participating in the A-Z challenge and I'm looking forward to it!