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Descriptive writing – scene exercise

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This entry is part 18 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 18 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Descriptive writing prompt Atlantic City’s boardwalk is a great place full of sensory detail that a writer can use to make the scene come alive. This week’s visual prompt will help you exercise that part of your writer’s mind that takes in all…

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Writing from multiple points of view

This entry is part 42 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 42 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints A point of view creative writing exercise This week’s visual prompt is a great photograph to help you exercise that storyteller’s mind. Every scene has the potential for multiple stories and differing points of view. The trick in writing a multiple viewpoint hinges…

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A simple moment of action unleashes a story

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 41 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Visual timed creative writing exercise Some people find photographs useful when it comes to doing timed writing exercises. Visual prompts are a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Finding something to write about is a matter of discovery. An action photo…

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Let dialogue lead you to story

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Hear the story, set the scene Using visual prompts is a great writing exercise to warm up those creative muscles. Many writers like to add the extra A calm, even playful scene can often cast a benign overlay over darker undercurrents. This week’s…

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Mine a group’s dynamic for plot

This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 39 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Quick scene writing exercise Groups of people provide potential story starters. We all know a group dynamic starts within minutes. Individuals take on roles and jockey for position. A group can be a terrific catalyst for a scene and start some kind of…

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Spin a story out of an occupation

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 38 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Use a character’s job to spark a story A person is the sum total of his or her parts and one part is that of their occupation. Uniforms or a particular style of dress often conjure up particular actions, events, and even language….

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Start your story in the middle of action

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 37 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Begin writing in medias res Readers today have little patience for the long, unfolding story setups of the past. They want action, demand movement. Today’s writers often take their cue from an old literary phrase that is all about beginning a story, a chapter,…

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Find the story in a face

This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 36 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Every face is a story’s landscape The start of a story often begins when a writer sees a face. Writers are quick to notice the ever so slight droop around the eye, the nearly imperceptible bump on the nose, the swift peek of…

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Crack this Olympian writing exercise

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 35 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Use your senses to unlock a story Using the senses is so important in writing that bestselling romance writer LaVryle Spencer used to have an index card naming the five senses taped to her computer. Most writers easily turn out the visual sense…

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Every story has a secret

This entry is part 34 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 34 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Find a secret, unlock a story Everyone has a secret. So it’s only natural for your characters to have them, too. A good exercise to discover more about your character is to free write about his or her’s secrets. Good stories are filled…

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Find the action, find the story

This entry is part 33 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 33 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Try a fast writing exercise Can’t get the creative juices flowing? Story inspiration can be found anywhere even in a work of art like a painting. Don’t wait for the muse to come to you, find a source of creative inspiration and start writing….

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Every photo has a story

This entry is part 32 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 32 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Quick creative writing exercise So you’ve had a hard week and all you want to do is throw yourself onto the couch and veg in front of the TV. Sounds great but you know that won’t help you get anymore writing accomplished. What…

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Friday Prompt: Writing emotions

This entry is part 31 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 31 of 43 in the series Friday SprintsThe 5-minute writing sprint Creative writing exercises are a great way to stoke your creativity and prod your muse. Instead of a verbal sprint, we’re using a visual one. You can use this exercise as a warm-up for more weekend writing. The exercise consists…

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Make up a story

This entry is part 17 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 17 of 43 in the series Friday SprintsTime to prime the pump with a visual prompt writing exercise. What does this photo say to you? What has happened? What will happen? What emotion does it stir? What story does it provoke? Try to have a beginning, middle and end and write…

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Let a setting start your story

This entry is part 23 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 23 of 43 in the series Friday SprintsFor many writers, a setting can almost become a character. What about you? How’s your sense of place? Try this visual prompt writing exercise and see what story comes out of this place. What will you do with this photo? What emotion does it…

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