My Practical Creative Writing Exercises Book


Practical Creative Exercises is packed full of exciting and original writing exercises that will demolish your excuses for not writing and get you started on your story – write now!
Practical Creative Exercises is aimed at writers who want to stop procrastinating and get totally immersed in writing.
If you are looking for exciting new ideas, want to experience the joy of losing yourself in creativity, or just want to be inspired, then this book will give you the creative kick-start you need.


I really believe in the power of creative writing exercises and that’s why I wrote Practical Creative Writing Exercises. If you have enjoyed the free exercises on this site you will enjoy the book even more.
This is a book for people who truly want to concentrate on their writing. Through using your creative muscles the exercises in the book will help you gain focus, become more creative and inspire you to meet your writing goals.


I have been writing and making up stories since I was a child. However, that doesn’t mean I always developed those ideas, or finished writing those stories.

Although I love writing there were some times in my life when for various reasons I didn’t do very much writing at all.

As we all know, sometimes life can be difficult and there were times when I struggled and felt very overwhelmed. Most writers I know feel like that at various times in their lives.

However, despite feeling lost as a writer, I did have ideas and I tried very hard to work with them. But I just wasn’t in the right place mentally. When I look back I think of those times as my ‘barren’ periods. Some of those periods lasted for six months to a year.


In fact, if I added up all those ‘barren’ periods of time, I would probably find there were ablack sky illustrating article about a creative writing exercises book few years where my writing just didn’t happen.

Not that I was sitting around twiddling my pen, or staring into space because I was still busy.

As a struggling single parent my energy went into working at various jobs, paying bills and surviving. That’s just the way it was.

If I ever feel regret for those times I remind myself that if my life had been different I would be a different person with a different life now.

To be honest, despite the ups and downs I like my life now. Unless you are extremely lucky, ups and downs are part of life. I have found accepting this helps bring about peace of mind.


My life has changed a great deal in the last few years and I think the catalyst for those changes came from illness and two separate accidents which left me with leg injuries and mobility problems.

I admit this was a very challenging period of my life. I had only recently moved house to be close to the Burren in Galway and now found myself looking at those gorgeous hills through my window but unable to get there.

I had no family in the area and knew nobody. I had problems coping with the lack of independence and isolation that reduced mobility brings with it. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

There were a number of leg and foot surgeries to get through and recover from but I recovered very well. It wasn’t all black clouds either, as my clouds proved to have silver linings – eventually.

Before the accidents I wrote part-time and taught part-time. My first accident coincided with the economic recession here in Ireland and cutbacks meant that teaching jobs became more and more scarce.


Finding myself in this situation made me want to be more financially independent so I set about learning about websites and did some training courses.

Because of my experience in teaching beginner writers I had the idea to make a site that would provide practical help and support to people who are starting out in their writing career.

It took me a while to learn about websites but I was quite determined and once I became familiar with the WordPress system it got easier. Soon this site was ready and getting bigger every day and I loved the creative process.

I am back to my beloved hill-walking and I am happy writing, working on my sites, and developing several ideas simultaneously.

cartoon of a woman lifting books illustrating an article about a book of creative writing exercisesCREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES

One of my ideas was to write a book of practical creative writing exercises. I know from my teaching days that one of the best ways to get writers writing is to set them an exercise.

If you have visited this site before you will know that I am a great believer in writing exercises and writing regularly.

I developed all the creative writing exercises myself and drew on my experience teaching writing students. I had learned what got results.


My hope is that the book will inspire people to explore the world of writing. Some people were put off writing by the boring school essays they were forced to write and to me this is a shame.

I know I have gained a lot from my own writing and I feel strongly that everybody can benefit from accessing their own creativity.

I believe it is hugely beneficial for our mental health to use our creativity in whichever way we can. Whether you write for personal or professional reasons the pleasure and freedom you give yourself through writing makes it one of the most rewarding creative activities there is.

I have now finished the book and am delighted to say that Practical Creative Writing Exercises is now available at all good online retail outlets.

I am really grateful to all of you who commented and thanked me for the free creative writing exercises on this site. You really inspired me to write the book.

Coming to the final stages of a project is exciting, exhilarating and honestly quite terrifying – not unlike a good book.

So I hope you’ll wish me luck and I wish you good luck with your writing too.


P.S. Don’t forget if you have any writing problems, or queries I am always happy to help, so go right ahead and leave your comments and queries in comments box below.






















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7 Responses to My Practical Creative Writing Exercises Book

  1. Silvia Frassineti July 31, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    I can’t wait for your creative writig exercise book, I read and try many of your exercise in the website, many of tghem being very usefull.
    Now I am at the end of the first draft of my novel and I ame a little stuck before the last chapter, if I finished I’ll need plenty of exercise.
    For my writing group too.
    Good luck, Silvia

    • Grace July 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

      Hi Silva
      I am very glad you found the exercises helpful. Congratulations on getting to the end of your novel – not many people get that far. Best of luck with the rest of it.
      I hope to be finished ‘Practical Creative Writing Exercises’ soon.
      Best wishes

  2. saroj June 4, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    I don’t know how do I start my writing.I originally From Nepal. I visited your blog its really inspired to me because of I want to improve my English language as far as possible. Due to some reason your thoughts are marvelous/ excellence. Your writing skills is unique way of presentation. You writes as a we are all our family members and you told us your health problem as well which is creates us very much intimacy relationship between writer and their readers. I wish your every successful life.

    • Grace June 8, 2015 at 9:12 am #

      Hi Saroj,
      It was lovely to hear from you. I am so glad you like the site. The funny thing is inspiring people to write inspires me as well. I wish you the best of luck with your writing and learning and improving your English. Don’t forget to come back and let me know how you are getting on.
      Best wishes

  3. Saroj August 30, 2015 at 7:04 am #

    Its long time to see you again.Nowadays, I have been writing my own blog. While, I was writing so many things in my surrounding. It not only gives me aware of it but also boost-up my logical thinking on different circumstances. I am getting some ideas from your site too. Which helps me my writing as well as somethings newness in my blog. So, Its my humble request to you please go through my blog waglesaroj123.wordpress.com and gives me some sort of feedback so that I can improve my writing.(if possible). As far as I am concerned, being a writer its a really challenging tasks for everyone due to the fact that it takes time to reach into real realm of that particular scenario and word formation as well. I deep respect your all kinds of feeling. My wishes and prayers are with you and your family. Take care !

    • Grace August 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Saroj
      I had a quick look at your blog as I don’t have much free time at the moment. I think your writing is interesting and my advice to you is to write very regularly and write honestly. The more you write the more you will improve.
      Best wishes

  4. Saroj August 31, 2015 at 7:40 am #

    Thank you very much for your suggestions. I will be writing and learn by my each mistake in my writing. I will be ask at you if any problems in my life. Once again, I would like to say ,Take care ! have a great day !
    Saroj Wagle

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