CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES TO BEAT THAT BLANK PAGE
Many beginner writers fall at the first hurdle. That is, they can’t get past that blank page. Looking at an empty screen or page can be very off-putting for a new writer. This is why writing exercises are so useful.
Exercises take away that blank page and stimulate creativity by challenging a writer to think about an idea that is already somewhat defined and therefore easier to imagine.
Each of the following writing exercises describes a dramatic situation and each one is designed to appeal to our visual senses.
The images we see in our mind will depend on our own personal experiences, including experiences we may have of similar situations in books we have read, or films we have watched. We are influenced in more ways than we might think.
WE ARE UNIQUE
We are all unique and our life histories different, therefore each of us will interpret these situations in varying ways.
The situations in these writing exercises may form the beginning, middle, or the end of the story. The specific starter situations may not even form part of the story at all. Sometimes writing exercises may only serve as triggers – it is all up to you!
▪ A small girl is lost in Main Street – how did she get there?
▪ He/she tried to open the window but it was jammed shut.
▪ You wake up to find yourself in a new universe.
▪ You open the fridge to find a head.
▪ He/she woke up in their bedroom to find the window/door bricked up.
▪ The envelope slid under the door.
▪ He/she was trapped in a lift with the one person they’d tried to avoid.
▪ He/she pulled out the plug.
▪ He/she was being accused of something so outrageous….
▪ The woman snatched the papers from my hand.
▪ The man with the syringe came closer.
▪ He/she was the last person to come to the house.
▪ No matter how many times you called, how many times you shook him/her – they wouldn’t wake up.
▪ It was something you’d never guessed about your mother.
▪ The police had her/him pinned down. He/she still struggled.
▪ A man is tied to a railway track – what happens next?
▪ The group moved across the field, as one.
▪ You knew what was in that case, even before you broke the lock.
▪ He/she came to the surface several times, thrashing about, spitting.
▪ The grave was small, neglected.
▪ When he/she returned there was a small shovel, leaning against the wall it hadn’t been there before.
▪ The brick came crashing through the window and landed at her feet.
MORE CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES
The above writing exercises are excellent triggers for stories but if you prefer a little less situation and a little less constraint – you will might want to try these abstract creative writing exercises.
BECOME CREATIVELY ACTIVE
There are ways to be creative and productive – if you feel your mind has become stale or sluggish then I strongly recommend you try some creative writing activities as well as some writing exercises.
USE YOUR JOURNAL
If you keep diaries or journals and would like to find more ways to incorporate your recollections and reflections into ideas for stories you will like my post on journal writing.
Good luck with your writing exercises and remember…
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.