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

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday's Writing Workout!

Vasiliki Millousi

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 you had an extra limb? What would it be and what would you do with it? (I’d want an extra arm so I could learn to French braid my own hair!)
Ramp it up! 
Exercise 2
How would the character in your wip answer this question from a child: “Where do babies come from?”
Burn it up!
Exercise 3
Make a list of ten of the most ordinary things you can think of. Now use them in a story, scene, or chapter.
Every Wednesday I post prompts and exercises for your “writing workout” so keep checking back! Happy writing!!!


Em-Musing said...

Hi, great prompts, but truthfully...I'm pooped from the A-Z Challenge. My brain doesn't want to function.

Mark Koopmans said...

Aloha Laura,

New follower - and thanks for your comments on my blog :) I appreciate them, and happy writing to you, too :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Sliced bread - that's pretty ordinary.

Julie Dao said...

I learned how to French braid my own hair with only two arms!! You can do it. Just practice... a lot.

Summer Ross said...

Love the where do babies come from prompt! have a great Wednesday!

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats! You won. I'm going to send you a gift card sometime today.

Clarissa Draper said...

Hmm, can you send me your email address to

Laurel Garver said...

There are times when I wish I could pop out a few extra arms. It would make unloading the groceries go so much faster. I would also do more writing over lunch hour if I could type and feed myself at the same time.

Southpaw said...

I see these every Wednesday and I love them, but haven't done them. This time I will. I need a jump start and this will definitely help.

Dana said...

Great prompts! You've got my creative mind working. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I like Exercise 2 - what a fun idea, putting a character from your WiP in a whole other situation outside the ms and see how he or she reacts!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'd love to hear, too, how my mc would answer the second exercise. It depends, though, on her mood.

I've always believed that moms should temporarily sprout a third arm when they have babies (or adopt).

Damyanti said...

Great exercises, all of them! I'm going to use the 2nd to do my warm up for my writing today!

Tara Tyler said...

great exercises =)
keeping us in shape!

Libby said...

Number 3 sounds really hard to me. Really really hard.

Loopyloo said...

I learnt how to french braid my hair last year, and it always astounds people that I do it myself! It's actually pretty easy, once you get the hang of it. Anyway, great writing prompts :)

Talli Roland said...

I love the extra limb one! :) If only.

Laura Marcella said...

Em-Musing- Thank you! I hear you. The blogosphere’s been so quiet since Monday. Everyone is exhausted from A to Z-ing.

Mark- Hello and welcome to Wavy Lines!! I hope you’re having a great week. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting and I appreciate the follow!!

Diane- Sure it is! Now you have just nine ordinary things to go. :)

Julie- That’s what everyone keeps telling me. It’s too hard! I’m just not good with hair. Maybe I should learn to French braid on someone else’s hair first. I might be able to get the hang of that, and then maybe French braiding my own hair will be easier for me…

Summer- It’s something to think about! It could say a lot about your character’s disposition.

Clarissa- Thank you so much! Your giveaway was so generous, and your A to Z theme super fun. Thanks again!!

Laurel- That’s so true! It’d be cool if we could add an extra limb when it was needed and put it away when not, LoL!

Holly- I hope you give them a try!! Prompts are great for jumo-starting your writing for the day and for coming up with something new and dazzling for your wips. :)

Dana- Thank you!! That’s what I like to hear. :)

Madeline- I love using my current stories and characters in writing prompts. Sometimes it stirs new ideas for fresh scenes, plot twists, and characters.

Stina- You should give it a go!! Your character may surprise you. :)

Damyanti- That’s great! Happy writing!!

Tara- I do what I can, LoL.

Libby- Hmmm, I’m thinking that’s a sign that you should give it a go. You may surprise yourself with the challenge!

Loopyloo- That’s the kicker, isn’t it? Everything is always easier once you get the hang of it!! I’m just not good with hair. Oh well!

Talli- It’d be cool if we could add an extra limb when it was needed and put it away when not, LoL!