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Tag Archive: writing exercises

Writing Ambitions

Big ambitions lead to big results for writers

Writing ambitions lead to big results Do you dare to dream big? Are you a writer full of writing ambitions? If you are, I say kudos to you. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals in order to obtain big results. The great thing about setting goals that may seem outlandish or out of…

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How to Write a Novel in Three Days

How to write a novel fast

How to write a novel fast How to write a novel in three days sounds a wee bit preposterous, doesn’t it? But it can be done and is done by quite a few writers these days. The trick is in learning how to do the things you need to do in order to commit to…

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Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

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PiBoIdMo 2014 offers 30 days of non-stop fun (Picture Book Idea Month)

PiBoIdMo Picture Book Idea Month for children's writers begins in November.
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPiBoIdMo 2014 begins November 01, 2014 Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoMoId 2014) is in its sixth year and begins in one week. That means you still have plenty of time to sign up for a rollicking good time with hundreds of other…

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Nano Prep – Planning for NaNoWriMo

Nano prep helps create a successful NaNoWriMo event.
This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNano Prep readies you for NaNoWriMo Nano prep definitely helps prepare writers for the approaching annual writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. With hundreds of thousands of writers signed up for this year’s event, you can bet many are busy developing strategies and battle plans to…

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Picture book ideas populate November

Picture book writing includes Picture book month and picture book idea month.
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPicture book ideas – Competing with NaNoWriMo? Picture book ideas gain prominence in November at a time when many writers have their sights set on the big writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. While the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is a growing…

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Writing tension into a scene

Writing prompt to find tension in a scene
This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 43 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Writing tension exercise Teasing tension out of a scene is a major task for a writer. Today’s visual writing prompt exercise involves a photograph of a happy family sitting at a picnic table. The object of the this week’s writing exercise is for…

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Books for writers top my summer reading list

Books for writers

Books for writers moved to the top of my summer TBR pile when I discovered several new books for writers on crafting nonfiction. Whether you write creative nonfiction, literary nonfiction, essays or the old plain Jane non-fiction, these books should provide you with solid information as well as plenty to think about. What about that…

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Descriptive writing – scene exercise

Atlantic_City_Boardwalk_view_north_near_Tropicana_Casino
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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How picture book writing helps writers – Armchair BEA

Picture book writing helps a writer learn the art of storytelling
This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Picture book writing develops good writing skills Picture book writing offers the same valued skill set writers need whether they are writing in the short or long form.¬†Writing a children’s picture book helps writers learn and understand their craft. Because of…

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Literary genre types in fiction – Armchair BEA

The Grimm Brothers devoted their life to literary genre types known as fairy tales.
This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Literary genre types and categories Literary genre types or categories exist, too, in addition to all the popular or commercial fiction genres. Sometimes people don’t think of these stories as genres. We’re so used to thinking about them as units unto…

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Kitchen timers boost writing productivity

Writers use time bombs in their stories, plan to use one as a timer for a little Nano prep.

Kitchen timers belong in the writer’s toolbox Kitchen timers are a gift for writers. Forget all those other writing productivity tools. The best get-it-done tools for a writer are those handy and inexpensive kitchen timers. Best of all, kitchen timers come in all sizes and styles. How to use kitchen timers to spur your writing…

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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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