Creative Writing Exercises
Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies by Maggie Hamand
I need help. My writings feel atrociously bad all of the time. I don’t think I’m improving. It weighs down on me.
Solution: Find a course
I don’t like courses. I never liked school. I’m already annoyed and frustrated. This will aggravate the situation. I don’t want to do a course.
Solution no.2: Find a book
Okay, I like books. Got my book - now let’s work through this step-by-step.
Part 1: Getting started with Creative writing Exercises
Clear set out goals. I’m feeling better already. Now for the first chapter:
“Embracing the confusion,” jumps out. I spend all of my time confused about this project. The questions, the what-ifs, am I good enough, all of it piled high and won’t shag off.
Task 1: Set some targets
I’ve set time and word targets throughout and they don’t work. They work at the start when I’m all excited and motivated but the second the doubt and anguish sets in - I’m done. I’m going to set a task target:
2 new chapters per month
1 edited chapter per month
or characters and settings within chapter developed and researched.
Pick a character and develop through tasks at back of notebook
Task 2: Answer these questions
What’s the rough length of books in your chosen genre? 70 to 100K words
Do they tend to be written from a first-person or a third-person view-point and do they contain one or several points of view? Third-person view-point with several different POV’s.
Are they primarily plot driven (that is, the story is the most important element, and the characters mainly exist to fulfil a role within it) with lots of action, or character driven (the characters’ choices and actions drive the story) with lots of internal reflection? It’s character driven.
Is the language simple and direct with relatively short sentences and paragraphs, or are the sentences more complex with more detailed description, including similes and metaphors? Right now, it’s all over the place! I personally don’t like long descriptions so I should be leaning towards short, simple and direct.
Note to self: Stop writing long complicated sentences!
These answers place my book into the literary fiction category. I’ve been tip-toeing around this for a while now. I’m chewing my nails thinking about how to express what this does to me - I’m filled with indecision. Moving on before I block myself, again.
Task 3: Possible title names
I’ve been calling it Silvercore because I couldn’t think of anything else. Looking through the suggestions and examples that are given in the book - I brainstormed for ten minutes. Here are my ideas:
- Yazmin Styer
- The Healer
- The Healer’s Cure
- The Healer’s Problem
- Trading Coins
- The Unwanted Adventure
- Inner Peace
- Healer’s Peace
There are 2 exercises which I will do and post up eventually. This chapter has quietened down a lot of my racing thoughts. It, like so many others, advises that I finish the draft before editing. Such a hard rule to follow. I’ll have to change my task target above.
Things I’ve learned
I’m writing a literary fiction novel and my word goal is between 70-100K. I’m allowed to focus on the characters as it’s a character driven novel. Everything else can go to the wayside - it’s a draft not the finished product! I’ve set myself doable targets. I really like The Unwanted Adventure as a possible title.