Writing Exercises to get Creativity Flowing
This month, we’re sharing two writing tips to boost your creativity. It’s time to take all those memories and experiences that surrounded your life in 2017 and the beginning of 2018 and use them to produce some quality writing. Why? Believe it or not, writing can transform your health for the better. With all the unhealthy albeit flavorful dishes we often eat throughout the year, it’s time we focus on our health. Whether you’re chilling in your Longview at Georgetown apartment or sitting in silence at our local library in Georgetown, MA, these two writing exercises can be accomplished with little to no effort. Enjoy!
1. Food Ingredients
This is a fun exercise that will help you stretch your ideas. First, select a packaged food item and write down the ingredients (Baked Potato Chips: contains dried potatoes, corn starch, sugar, corn oil, salt, soy lecithin, and corn sugar; Snickers: contains milk chocolate, peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, palm oil, skim milk, lactose, soybean oil, salt, egg whites, and artificial flavor; or Teriyaki Beef Jerky: contains beef, sugar, water, soy sauce, salt, hydrolyzed soy protein, monosodium glutamate, garlic powder, guar gum, polysorbate 80, caramel color powder, and sodium nitrite).
After selecting the food item, begin to write a short story. It can be about anything that you want, but it must include the ingredients from the selected food item. At least three of these ingredients need to be the names of your characters.
Set a timer for ten minutes and write until the timer goes off. Strive to fit the ingredients into your story in a creative way, especially those with unique sounding names.
2. Free Writing
This exercise teaches you to write on cue. Without stopping, write for ten minutes straight. Don’t worry about thinking what to write about or if it sounds good — that’s not the point of this exercise. Think of it as “stream of consciousness” writing, jotting down whatever comes to mind from one sentence to the next. The more you practice the better you will become, and pretty soon you’ll see words fitting correctly, as well as elements of a story piecing together nicely. You might call this a complete waste of time, but it’s not. Call it what you will, but know that this is one of the best writing exercises that takes absolutely no skill at all.
Of course, the more you write the better you will get at it. You also might see an improvement in your daily attitude and outlook on life. Let us know if you have any writing tips by sharing them with us in the comments below. Thanks for reading our post!