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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday's Writing Workout!

Are you here for Sparkfest? See here for yesterday's Sparkfest post: http://lauramarcella.blogspot.com/2011/08/sparkfest.html 
Rebecca Bross (USA)


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
Write about a fool’s paradise.
Ramp it up! 
Exercise 2
It’s been said that kitchens are the heart of the home. Write a scene or story from the point of view of an apple (or other fruit) sitting in a bowl on the kitchen counter. What does it witness about the people living in that home? What conversations does it hear? What conclusions can the apple find just from the people’s interaction with each other?
Burn it up!
Exercise 3
Write about a mismatch between a person and a place. For example: a child in a bar. An atheist in a church. A Republican at the Democrat National Convention. A teenager in a nursing home. A gang member at a yoga class. A zebra in the Arctic tundra. 
Cool it down.
Exercise 4
Write about unexpected company from out of town. Make it troublesome! 
Every Wednesday I post prompts and exercises for your “writing workout” so keep checking back! Happy writing!!!

16 comments:

Summer Ross said...

Number three is fantastic! love the idea- thank you for posting these!

Bluestocking said...

Like Summer, I think #3 has a lot of potential. Just think of all the conflict inherent in such a situation...

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Laura, the first one made me laugh. Thanks for the smiles. The other two are great; super possibility for lots of tension! Happy writing!

Jolene Perry said...

LOve number three.

too fun

Talli Roland said...

I'd love to write from an apple's POV! Might be kinda scary, though.

Saumya said...

These are wonderful!! I wonder what fruit does get to witness. What a crazy idea! And I love the person/place mismatch...can reveal so much character.

cleemckenzie said...

Some great jump starts for writing. Thanks. I'm here from sparkfest and hope you come over and say at the Write Game.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I love #3--that's for sure a creation waiting to be created! ;)
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YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The mismatched one could be fun!

Laura Marcella said...

Summer- You're welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Bluestocking- I know! So fun!

Roxane- You're welcome! I'm glad you got a kick out of them. Thanks for stopping by!

Jolene- I think so too!

Talli- LoL, exactly. Who knows what the fruit in our kitchen knows? Haha!

Saumya- There's lots of room for tension and conflict and discomfort and all-around trouble with such a mismatch!

Cleemckenzie- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I hopped over to your blog already and was happy to discover it! Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comment and follow!

Elizabeth- Definitely! Lots of possibilities there.

Diane- That seems to be today's favorite!

Kelley said...

Really cute idea. Work it out :)

Shannon said...

I love your prompts! :) Thanks for sharing!

Bish Denham said...

Yes, #3 is wonderful! And I just love your prompts. So many possibilities.

Crystal Cheverie said...

Oooh, thank you for the prompts! That's such a neat idea and such a great way to give back to the writer-blogging community. I look forward to trying some of them!

Rachel said...

Wow, writing exercises? GENIUS!!! What a great idea! I'll definitely try these out!

Laura Marcella said...

Kelley- Thanks, absolutely!

Shannon- I'm glad you like them and thanks for stopping by!

Bish- Thanks! I like that one a lot too. I started the prompt yesterday and it just might turn into something!

Crystal- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I'm glad you like the prompts. I hope you do try them! I post prompts every Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!

Rachel- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines! I post prompts every Wednesday so I hope you do try them out. You might come up with something dazzling! Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!