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Ten Fast Exercises For Writer’s Block

Exercises for writer’s block can serve many purposes. They can prove to you that you still can write, they can stimulate your ideas, exercise the mind but best of all they get you back into the habit of writing.

Habits are very important and can be hard to break – ask a smoker. So, instilling good habits, like getting into a habit of writing at certain times during the week is a great idea. Good habits are hard to break too!

GET INTO THE WRITING HABIT

So to get yourself back into the writing habit I suggest picking one of the following exercises for writer’s block and just do it.

By ‘just do it’ I mean don’t think about it, just write down everything that comes into your head. Throw the words on to the page as quickly as you can. Nobody is going to read this (unless you want them to.)

Anybody who ever learned to play a musical instrument will remember how practicing regularly brought improvements. So, think of these exercises for writer’s block as your writing practice and remember this is just for you. First of all look at the picture below and relax for a few moments.

sunsetting on bay

Ready? Now, choose one of the following exercises and without stopping to think – start writing. 

TEN EXERCISES FOR WRITER’S BLOCK

1.

Write about day in the life of one of your dead ancestors. If you don’t know anything about your ancestors – make something up.

2.

Write the page of the story you would have written – if you didn’t have writer’s block.

3.

Write a letter to yourself on your deathbed with all the excuses you had for not writing that book.

4.

Write a page about the book you would like to have written before you get to your death bed.

5

Write a really funny love scene – between you and somebody you haven’t seen for years.

6.

Write about the one event that might drive you to murder.

7.

Write about what would happen if you could go back in time and say or do one thing to someone who is lodged in your memory.

8.

Write a day in the life of your favourite published writer.

9.

Write about a fictional person who drives everyone around him quite mad and doesn’t know it.

10.

Write about finding a bestselling writer hiding in your garden and why they are hiding.

I hope that worked. Best of luck with your writing.

Grace

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2 Responses to Ten Fast Exercises For Writer’s Block

  1. Branden January 31, 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Very unusual but they work quite well. I think that Numbers 6 and 9 work best

    • Grace February 3, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      Hi Branden,
      So glad they helped.
      Best wishes,
      Grace

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