Writing is an acquired skill, and it takes a lot of practice to get better at it. The same way a basketball player shoots thousands of shots just to master one type of shot. It also takes thousands of hours of practice to be a truly proficient writer. Writing is essentially an art form and should be viewed and respected as such. This is why like any art form you should take time to hone your craft. Of course you should not go ahead and just write at a whim because energy no matter how potent yet unfocused is still wasted energy.
Here are 10 unique creative writing exercises that will help flex your writing muscles to their highest capacity.
1. Organize your thoughts and ideas
Sometimes the world can be quite confusing. This is because at times we are bombarded by unnecessary anxieties that will ultimately cloud our creative vision. These anxieties can come in any form, and can impede your creativity with gloomy thoughts. Which is why it is very important to take time to just sit down and relax. While you relax you should just breathe calmly and look back on the day without any emotion. Just think pleasant thoughts and when you are at your calmest state organize your thoughts and ideas. Dig into your subconscious and release your anxieties by looking at them from a different perspective. This way you can prevent future anxieties by addressing them and solving them early on.
2. Create an array of interesting characters
Although it may seem premature to create a set of characters before you write a plot, it in truth can be a very effective writing exercise. The creation of a truly interesting character can jump start your drive to write. Put unique nuances and ticks to your characters. Create a background on them and even look upon them as old friends. This way you will learn to care for your characters and what happens to them. Remember entire books have been created because of one memorable character.
3. Play role playing games
Although this can be considered a bit unusual, role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons are chock full of incredible characters and impressive plot lines. And seeing as you make your own quest to win this game, you are given the chance to practice your writing and have fun in the process. You can also improve your character development skills by following your characters through quest after quest.
4. Listen to Music
Never will Beethoven’s magnificent symphonies be more needed or appreciated than when you are doing your writing exercises. Listening to music, especially classical music has been known to induce faster brain activity. Consider it as coffee for your brain, a means for you to reach higher levels of creativity than ever before.
5. Hone your talent
The same way a swordsman sharpens his blade to get the best edge, a writer should hone his skills by reading. As a writer you should hone your writing skills by reading the best stuff out there. Read the classics, read Dickens, Twain, Scott and Dumas. Read great content and model your writing style after them. Don’t copy their work of course. Just use their work as inspiration for your own.
6. Meet new people
Some of the best writers like Ernest Hemingway have gotten their inspiration by having adventures and meeting new people. Through this he was able to look on life through a whole new perception. While it may seem daunting to just strike up a conversation with someone you just met, being able to keep up with the conversation helps you to think on your feet and be a good storyteller by keeping his or her attention.
7. Try to write a genre you are not used to
I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. – Joss Whedon
Writing in a new genre can be likened to learning a new musical instrument. Everything is painfully unfamiliar and you are trying to find common ground with your preferred genre. Writing in a new genre is a great way for you to hone your writing skills, because it is like learning once again how to write. It shows how you can cope with the different tone and elements of a new genre.
8. Jot down events and people that you find interesting
While you go about your day, it is a good idea to bring a notebook with you. That way if you found something that piques your interest you can easily jot it down. This can range from the latest event to a person you just met on the street. Being able to find an interest in the most mundane of things will help you become a good writer. It will also help you find inspiration in just about anything.
9. Don’t limit yourself
You can find inspiration when you’re not even looking for it. – Judy Woodruff
Writing is considerably one of the most limitless of art forms. This is because the sources of inspiration for writing is practically limitless. You can see inspiration in practically everything. You can cross the street and see the very annoying traffic jams and you can create a story about it. The content of your work in truth totally depends on how well you can expand on any idea and make it worthwhile to read. Try to incorporate certain elements of your daily events into your writing exercises.
10. Put in the work
The same way you go to the gym to build a better body, it is also the same with being a better writer. You have to put in the work to be able to master the subtleties of writing. Write as much as you can. Remember that practice always makes perfect. Make your writing practice sessions a part of your daily routine. It might be difficult at first, but once you get used to it, you won’t be able to go a day without putting pen to paper.