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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wednesday's Writing Workout!

Christine "Peng Peng" Lee

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
Do you remember the first next-door neighbor who made an impression on you? Where do you think he or she is now? Turn those memories into a story or character.
Ramp it up! 
Exercise 2
What if your wip’s main character had entered a funniest home videos contest? What is on that video that’s so funny? Write it and maybe make it a scene in your wip!
Burn it up!
Exercise 3
Summer is here and you’ve decided to spend as much time as possible in your new inground pool! But when you step out to the backyard, all of the water has been drained from your pool. Laying on the dry bottom is a note with a Mitch Hedberg quote: “I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.” What’s going on? Write it.
Every Wednesday I post prompts and exercises for your “writing workout” so keep checking back! Happy writing!!!


Kyra Lennon said...

You are so awesome! I love these exercises even more than the quotes you share!

Kyra Lennon said...

You are so awesome! I love these exercises even more than the quotes you share!

Em-Musing said...

Yet more great ideas! Thanks.

Dana said...

I absolutely love the third one! Thanks. :)

Nick Wilford said...

I love the third one too. You could go a lot of different ways with that!

Clarissa Draper said...

Great exercises again. The third one could turn into a wonderful short.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I was in love with the first neighbor who made an impression on me. We were both 8. He was the hottest guy I knew. We were friends (as were his and my brother), and the four of us did a lot together until they moved away two years later. He didn't go to my school, though. I still think about him from time to time, even though I don't remember his name (I do remember his brother's name). He was tall, dark, and handsome. That's all I remember.

Something tells me I probably do write him into all my books (as well as a few other crushes from my time). :D

LD Masterson said...

Think I'll go with the first. You made me remember a real character.

Talli Roland said...

Great prompts, as always. I like the neighbour one.

Journaling Woman said...

And try putting them all together for a sitcom?

Great prompts.


Summer Ross said...

# 2 and 3 sound fantastic! Thanks for posting!

Julie Dao said...

The third one sounds so random and FANTASTIC. I love it, LOL!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks, Laura, I need to insert a funny scene right about now. Never thought of the prompt you've used.

Laura Marcella said...

Kyra- Thank you! I'm so glad you like them! :)

Em- Thanks and you're welcome!!

Dana- Wouldn't that be kind of crazy? Fun to write about though!

Nick- Absolutely! It could be scary, funny, or completely ridiculous!

Clarissa- You're definitely great at those!

Stina- That is so cute! I wonder where that boy and his brother are now?? It could make an interesting story!

LD- I'm glad I jogged your memory!

Talli- Thank you! It's great to hear from you and I hope your writing is going well!!

Teresa- Hahaha, that'd be awesome!

Summer- You're welcome! I hope you're having a great week!

Julie- Heehee, I know! I was thinking about how I can't wait to have my own inground pool some day (a dream of mine!!) and the prompt just popped into my head. I haven't done that one yet, but I probably will this weekend!

Joy- Ooo, I hope it helps! Even if you don't use what you've written for the prompt in your novel, it might help kick start an idea for a funny scene you can use in your wip. Good luck!!

Shelley Sly said...

I like the first one! The first next-door neighbor I met as a child was this old man who used to call everything "gorgeous." He'd say the sky was gorgeous, the trees were gorgeous, etc. It's how I learned what gorgeous meant. :)

Laura Marcella said...

Shelley- That's an interesting character quirk! You could work that into a story somehow. :)