Our heroine has a confession to make, dear Reader. I never liked writing exercises. Oh, I do them from time to time. They’re good for keeping the creative wheels greased. They strengthen your writing muscles. And other metaphors. How things change when we open our minds to new ideas.
I recently became involved in a hashtag on Twitter called #storystarters. Brainchild of Clifford Fryman (aka Selorian), storystarters are up to 125 characters of awesomeness. We write off-the-wall stuff to kick start someone’s muse. We have our muse kick started by someone else’s stuff. Who knows what may come of an innocent line or two? A paragraph, flash or short story. I’ve even been inspired by a storystarter to make a section of my novel more robust. Search #storystarters and write some or take some. I’ll occasionally write based on some here. (You’ve been warned.)
I was inspired to take a look around the web for what others recommend for inspiration. There were common themes. Is that lack of creativity? No. It means those techniques are tried and true. Give them a shot. Whether you need inspiration or just want to stretch creatively, these techniques are worth your time.
Writer In Progress has an article titled WIP Tip: Creatively Stuck? Try Something New. The title alone is good advice. Known on Twitter as Buckeye_BethM, Beth Morrow has a cozy voice and good advice. Can’t go wrong there. Take a look for ideas.
Sally Royder-Derr has a short but encouraging post about Imagination on her blog. I enjoyed it and think you may as well. You can research for your novel all you want. If you don’t have the imagination going to back that up, you’re going nowhere. Sally has some good advice about it.
I found on the Write to Done blog an article titled Zen Power Writing: 15 Tips on How to Generate Ideas and Write with Ease. Love that title. There are some good ideas here, so do take the time to read it, please.
Maybe you’re a fan. Perhaps your searches for writing advice mentioned him. Elmore Leonard is an often quoted example when it comes to writing fiction. This link is from a Leonard Forum. In it, people discuss where he and they get ideas for novels. There’s some clever stuff here.
Expand your creative horizons. You don’t have to use dry old writing exercises. There are so many options available. No doubt you can come up with some new ones. What works for you? Please leave me a note. I’m always interested in new techniques.