Writing Exercises

Need help pushing your writing practice? Weekly writing prompts & exercises to get words on the page and move your writing in unexpected directions.

If you want to improve your craft, successful authors, editors and agents alike all give this advice: Read, write, then read more and write more.

Stephen King, in his book On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft, has this to say:

Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.

This relationship between reading and writing can’t be stressed enough. Reading not only inspires, but it instructs. Reading is the writer’s greatest teacher. By paying close attention to beautiful prose and poetry, we can discover the writing, the techniques and the elements that make the piece work. Okay, so you already know that. Now, what about the writing? Every week I’ll post an exercise that is text-based to challenge your writing. I’ll use poems or excerpts from short stories and novels followed by step-by-step timed writing tasks. The result may be a rough draft of a poem or story, or perhaps something else. Even if nothing concrete is produced, you’ll move your writing in directions you might not otherwise go. You’ll be inspired and get words on the page. Let’s write. You can kill your darlings later. Click here  for most recent writing exercise.

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