owlAbstract creative writing exercises for writers provide less information than other exercises and give your imagination more freedom. They provide visual triggers as well as sound and take the smallest of situations as a starting point. This allows your own imagination the scope to take it from there.

For example: ‘The scraping sound grew louder.’

Think about this for a moment. Try and hear the scraping sound and follow it in your imagination to its origins. Begin to ask yourself questions and remember – write down your answers immediately; do not mentally edit your thoughts.


  • Was it a butcher’s knife being sharpened?
  • Was somebody having their teeth scraped by a dentist?
  • A cat sharpening its claws on a tree stump?
  • Somebody scraping the remains of dried up pizza from a plate?
  • Think of as many scraping sounds as you can and write them down. Then choose one. So, if you chose the sound of  ‘somebody scraping the remains of dried up pizza from a plate,’ your next step is to begin a process of asking yourself more questions.  Who is doing the scraping? Where are they?  Are they in a good or bad mood?  Why? What could have happened to them? What is about to happen to them? You can see how a story is beginning to emerge. Apply this process to the following writing sentences.
  1.  The scraping sound grew louder.
  2. The painting was familiar.
  3. The stone was covered in a fine green moss.
  4. A small mound of stones.
  5. The outline of a small building
  6. The liquid was dark.
  7. The fine sand stuck between his/her toes.
  8. The coat was shabby.
  9. The light shone directly on to the boat.
  10. The pavement was cracked.
  11. The buildings were tall.
  12. Rain.
  13. A slow blink.
  14. The scent of rosemary.
  15. The bottles clanked.
  16. The white daisies were outlined in black.
  17. His hand was freckled.
  18. The tree was bare, black against the orange sky.
  19. She took a deep breath.
  20. The seat was warm.
  21. The wind blew directly into his face.
  22. The mug was stained.
  23. Just an ordinary toothbrush.
  24. The corners of her mouth turned down a little.
  25. A torn coat.
  26. A dead dog.
  27. A bare tree.
  28. Old files.
  29. A chipped cup.
  30. Freshly cut grass.
  31. Rules and Regulations.
  32. Lost at sea.
  33. The storm.
  34. An overgrown garden.
  35. A wig.
  36. Small feet.
  37. Fruit.
  38. Dumped.
  39. Bad Temper.
  40. The candle went out.
  41. A sunny day.
  42. Wet grass.
  43. One email.
  44. Broken helmet.
  45. Sharp.
  46. A wooden bird table.
  47. Fell
  48. A sharp cut.
  49. The smell of grass.
  50. Unplugged.


It is really important to exercise and stimulate your mind and there are different ways to do it.  You will find a variety of different exercises for writers to try throughout this site. Exercises are great ways to increase your creative productivity. Not every exercise works for every person but I am sure you will find some that suit your own individual type of creativity.

Click here for more creative writing exercises.


purple-baySometimes our minds seem sluggish or bored. We can mistake this for tiredness but it maybe just a case of watching too much television or surfing the net mindlessly. In this case what we need is more stimulation and mental activity.  There are lots of activities you can enjoy which will lift those feelings of tiredness or boredom. I have put together lots of suggestions for fun exercises for writers. Doing these will get your mind feeling fresh and ready to write!

Click here to go to my creative activities page. 

Like all the information and help I provide here all these exercises are free.  All I ask is that you ‘like’ or ‘share’ the pages. I hope they help you and I would love it if you came back to tell me how you got on.


Best of Luck with your writing





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  1. Lilly P. June 22, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I love the abstract excersises more than anything! I like to make up the details and let my brain roam through the words. I’m 14 and I’ve been searching for what I want and I finally found it. Please post more! Thank you

    • Grace June 29, 2015 at 10:36 am #

      Hi Lily,
      Great to hear from you. I am glad you like the abstract exercises. I will post more as soon as I can.
      Take care, Grace


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