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Exercises To Develop Creative Writing Skills
- Describe your day using descriptive language
- Try to make each aspect of your day interesting
- Edit an old essay you wrote to have more descriptive language, developed characters, dialogue, etc.
- Select a scene or a chapter from one of your favorite books and write it from a different character’s point of view
- Write a letter to your younger self or to yourself in the future
- Select a character, select one sense for the character to have, describe a scene where the character is only experiencing this sense
- Repeat this exercise by switching the one sense the character has
- Tell the origin of a fictional character from your childhood, such as the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, or Tooth Fairy
- Write a stream of consciousness paper, where you write down every thought you are currently experiencing without second-guessing yourself
- Choose a random object in the room and write a description of the object
- Ensure the descriptive is detailed enough that someone else could draw the object
- Try focusing on senses other than sight. Describe how the object feels, smells, tastes, etc.
- Pretend to be someone else, such as a friend, family member, famous T.V. character, etc. Write what you think a typical day is like for them from their perspective
- Write about one of your most vivid childhood memories
- Describe your surroundings in vivid detail
- Recall a dream you have had before. Write about this dream in as much detail as you can recall.