Writing Exercise – Boys Like You

Music is inspiring. Because music. Today's writing exercise is inspired by Who is Fancy's "Boys Like You." I invite you all to play along. Drop your results into the comment section below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnaG3OaU5bw "Hurry up, Grace!" Rachel brushed her hands over the front of her dress, smoothing out wrinkles that weren't there. "Jesus, keep your … Continue reading Writing Exercise – Boys Like You


Writing Exercise – Three Words and Fifteen Minutes

The writing exercise for today is one of my favorites, three words and fifteen minutes. The words are chosen at random, usually by a second person, and they have to all be worked into the story organically. Clean, Frosting, Baby As always, you are invited to leave your results in the comments section. I look … Continue reading Writing Exercise – Three Words and Fifteen Minutes

Writing Exercise – Conjuring an Image

Today I'm using a visual prompt for my writing exercise. One of my biggest challenges as an author is writing good, descriptive setting. I tend to write lean, with only a rough, skeletal sketch of the surroundings. This is largely because I'm not a fan of reading huge chunks of text about setting. I tend … Continue reading Writing Exercise – Conjuring an Image

Writing Exercise – You are a vegetarian tiger

Today's writing prompt comes from 642 THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT - YOUNG WRITER'S EDITION. This is my second dip into the prompts in that book. It's an excellent book intended to stimulate creativity in young people. Not only are there creative writing prompts to inspire creative writing, there are also prompts for essay writing. Granted, … Continue reading Writing Exercise – You are a vegetarian tiger

Writing Exercise – New Americana

The other day I stumbled across a new-to-me artist. Halsey has been a part of the music scene for a while, but I somehow missed her. Weird considering how much her voice, her style, her lyrics, her everything appeal to me. After listening for a while, I realized I had heard one of her songs … Continue reading Writing Exercise – New Americana

Writing Exercise – Must Be Crazy For Me

Music has the power to inspire all areas of our lives. For me, music can evoke an emotion, resurrect old memories, and inspire new stories. For today's writing exercise I'm looking at an old favorite, "Must Be Crazy for Me," by Melissa Etheridge. And to add an extra layer of fun to the experience, I'm … Continue reading Writing Exercise – Must Be Crazy For Me

Writing Exercise – Message in a Bottle

As promised, here's my weekly writing exercise. Today, I turned to a book that has been on our shelf for a while: 642 Things to Write About (Young Writer's Edition) by 826 Valencia. As implied by the title, it's a book of prompts that's meant for kids. The cool thing about kids? They're usually way … Continue reading Writing Exercise – Message in a Bottle

Writing Exercises (Or, three women and a camel walk into a donut shop)

The writerly brain is just like every other part of a person. The more you use it, the better it functions. With that in mind, I'm challenging myself and the rest of you as well, to do one writing exercise per week for a year. Writing exercises don't have to be elaborate to be effective. Myself, … Continue reading Writing Exercises (Or, three women and a camel walk into a donut shop)