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Writing Center: Exercises To Develop Creative Writing Skills

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Exercises To Develop Creative Writing Skills

  1. Describe your day using descriptive language
    1. Try to make each aspect of your day interesting
  2. Edit an old essay you wrote to have more descriptive language, developed characters, dialogue, etc. 
  3. Select a scene or a chapter from one of your favorite books and write it from a different character’s point of view
  4. Write a letter to your younger self or to yourself in the future
  5. Select a character, select one sense for the character to have, describe a scene where the character is only experiencing this sense
    1. Repeat this exercise by switching the one sense the character has 
  6. Tell the origin of a fictional character from your childhood, such as the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, or Tooth Fairy
  7. Write a stream of consciousness paper, where you write down every thought you are currently experiencing without second-guessing yourself
  8. Choose a random object in the room and write a description of the object 
    1. Ensure the descriptive is detailed enough that someone else could draw the object 
    2. Try focusing on senses other than sight. Describe how the object feels, smells, tastes, etc. 
  9. 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
  10. Write about one of your most vivid childhood memories
  11. Describe your surroundings in vivid detail
  12. Recall a dream you have had before. Write about this dream in as much detail as you can recall.