Writing Exercises

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This isn't a novel, but a collection of writing exercises I've done over the last year or so. Some of them are not so great, some are really nice. Feel free to use the exercises, but NOT my work. And as always, feedback is always appreciated. Most of the exercises come from this site: http://www.cmmayo.com/d5mwe.html or from the Writer's Workshop group at http://www.shelfari.com.

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Purse & Person

Submitted: April 02, 2009

This isn't a novel, but a collection of writing exercises I've done over the last year or so. Some of them are not so great, some are really nice. Feel free to use the exercises, but NOT my work. And as always, feedback is always appreciated. Read Chapter

Living Room

Submitted: April 02, 2009

"Living Room" Quickly, without a lot of thought, list at least 8 but no more than 12 pieces of furniture that might go into a fictional... Read Chapter

Funny Expressions

Submitted: April 02, 2009

"Funny Expressions" Whenever it was time to go somewhere, my grandma used to say, "We're off, the captain shouted." I knew someone else... Read Chapter

Five Random Words

Submitted: April 02, 2009

"Five Random Words" Today's exercise is courtesy of Mary Quattlebaum, a childrens' author who lives in Washington DC.Choose 5 words at ... Read Chapter

Confused Wisdom

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Confused Wisdom. Ihave a problem. And it’s kind of a big one. I’m not sure what to do, everything’s so messed up sometimes. ... Read Chapter

Princess Di

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Princess Di This is an exercise to explore and help round out one of your characters. Take one you have already written about, or tha... Read Chapter

He Said He Loved Me

Submitted: April 02, 2009

He Said He Loved Me She could still remember his face as he said it, the slightly indulgent, yet arrogant look, as he’d said tho... Read Chapter

Right Place, Wrong Time

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Right Place, Wrong Time Sandra poked her head out of the shuttle’s hatch and looked around. “You’re sure this is the ... Read Chapter

But He Wouldn't Stop Talking

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Writing Prompt: but he wouldn't stop talking! Amanda sauntered smugly in the back door, ordered a drink at the bar, and sat across th... Read Chapter

He Promised

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Writing prompt: He Promised… Pippa stuck her head out from under the covers, peering around the dark room with not a litt... Read Chapter

Viva la France

Submitted: April 02, 2009

"Vive la France" Write a little something that includes the following: ~the smell of fresh-baked baguettes ~hot peaches ~a man in... Read Chapter

She was Telling the Truth

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Writing Prompt: She was telling the truth, but they didn't believe her. Write the scene using dialogue. “For the last time, Rose, y... Read Chapter

Garbage

Submitted: April 02, 2009

"Garbage" What's in your garbage can? The big one. List and describe up to 12 items. Variation: what's in your character's garbage ca... Read Chapter

Tany and Seiche

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: to write a piece based on an abstract image. Tanya and Seiche slipped out of the tunnel and stood outside of the city for the... Read Chapter

You are Just like Them

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Writing prompt: You are just like them. Contessa was walking back to the flat where she was staying, head down and arms wra... Read Chapter

A Simple Birthday Party

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: It was supposed to be a simple birthday party… It was supposed to be a simple birthday party. Really, it was. Jus... Read Chapter

A Throbbing Pain

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: A throbbing pain... The throbbing pain spears through my heart, this longing for things I haven't missed in an eternity. Ther... Read Chapter

It Felt so Wrong

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: It felt so wrong,but I couldn't stop. It felt so wrong, but I couldn't stop. I just had to know. There was no one I could ask... Read Chapter

It Broke My Heart

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: It broke my heart to say those words... It broke my heart to say those words, to know that if I did, nothing would ever ... Read Chapter

Tears to Roses

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: Tears to Roses The roses are beautiful, wild and rambling up the garden wall. It is old and abandoned, and no one else comes ... Read Chapter

A Simple Start

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Prompt: It all started with a simple... “It all started with a simple bump—just getting run into on the sidewalk. It happens all ... Read Chapter

A Ball

Submitted: April 02, 2009

Write about a ball (anywhere, anytime) from the prospective of a servant (i.e., page, wait staff, kitchen maid, etc.). Describe the set... Read Chapter

It was a dark, murky night

Submitted: June 14, 2009

It was a dark, murky night, and going outside wasn't too much different than jumping into a hot, tepid pool. Muriel stepped off the porch... Read Chapter

The Fridge Exercise

Submitted: April 08, 2010

Exercise #39 A character is looking into the refrigerator of someone rather unfamiliar. What can the character learn about the other ... Read Chapter

The Hubcap

Submitted: July 16, 2010

This one is from Ultramatt, who made an exercise for me today. Write a very short story involving all three of these items: a rubber ... Read Chapter

In the Distance...

Submitted: July 26, 2010

In the distance a man stood, half hidden by the huge tree, his shadow …   In the distance, a man stood, half hidden b... Read Chapter

Secret Lovers

Submitted: September 27, 2010

Write a piece involving secret lovers. They must both be in the scene with other people, but cannot in any way speak or act like they are... Read Chapter

A Family Grudge

Submitted: September 27, 2010

The goal was to write about a family grudge. Angela sat nervously in the lobby across from the secretary. Her face looked drawn and t... Read Chapter

Explosion

Submitted: September 27, 2010

The uneasy silence was shattered by an explosion as ……… The silence was shattered by an explosion as the bomb in the middle bui... Read Chapter