News: Oddball Writing Exercises for Atypical Writers

2012-06-16 16:45:PM ago by nicole.boyce

The Internet is home to almost as many writing tips as cornbread recipes, and like recipes, writing prompts range from typical to deranged. The wackier ones involve carrot divination, nylon foot-webbing and neck-smelling sessions with other writers. Common ones involve photo prompts, memory joggers, and the sentence “It all started when...”

If you’re looking for middle ground, here are a few ideas:


Exercise:

Create a poem by writing a word on each square of a Rubik’s cube. Use the cube to manipulate and rearrange your writing. For a longer piece, use the backs of jigsaw puzzle pieces.

Predicted outcome:

An interesting version of cut-ups which can double as a centrepiece.


Exercise:

Find a package of your favorite canned or boxed food. Incorporate all the ingredients into your story.

Predicted outcome:
A fictional biography of the chemist behind spray cheese.


Exercise:

Look around your neighbourhood for interesting signs, particularly those with burned out letters. Create a story around your findings.

Predicted outcome:
A horror story about the PE(A)RSON(‘S) MEAT STORE.


Exercise:

Play a game of M.A.S.H. Write about your fictional life.

Predicted outcome:
A romance in which you marry Brad Pitt and live in a shack with some collies.


Exercise:

Write with Alphabits and eat the result

Predicted outcome:
A great afternoon and a sluggish evening.
 

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