A Writer's Block Writing Exercise
As a visual reference, select a box that has dimensions under 12X12 inches. Tape the box closed. Set the box in front of you. Write a story or poem based on what is inside the box.
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Get your creative juices flowing with these similar writing prompts.
It is commonly known that a telephone directory might be the most boring text in the entire world. Here is your challenge: write a page of a telephone directory and figure out SOME way to make it interesting.
The Food Critic
Write a review of a restaurant at which you recently ate. Describe the food as much as you can. Feel free to be eviscerating as well.
The 81-Word Story
This exercise encourages you to write a complete story using very few words, and helps you learn how to avoid overwriting. When undertaking this exercise, it's essential to edit your work carefully. Strip out anything unnecessary and make every word count. Here's how it works:
- Take any novel from your bookshelf
- Turn to page 9
- Take the 9th word from the 9th line on the page
- Use that word to start a story
- Write a story that is exactly 81 words long
- If you're feeling particularly clever, use 9 sentences that are 9 words long
The Tiny Stab
Write a short story of whatever topic you'd like, but make sure that somewhere in there, you include this line: "I can't believe that you stabbed me with a knitting needle."