A Writer’s Garden of Exercises

A Pen In Each Hand

By Baker

  1. If you haven’t already, join Pinterest. Make any board(s) you like and use them for inspiration. Write about what others are pinning but write especially about those things you feel compelled to repin. Note any patterns in your pins or “likes.” Write about them.
  2. If you haven’t already, join Tumblr (or make a new Tumblr just for writing inspiration). Follow the same instructions as for #1, noting what you “like” or reblog. Check your archive page for visual patterns as well as contextual patterns. Write about something from your Tumblr posts.
  3. Write about a true secret. Fictionalize it if you like. Change or add details.
    1. Use Post Secret as inspiration
    2. Send your secret to Post Secret
  4. Write about something you find fascinating that might make someone else uncomfortable.
  5. Use a phobia as inspiration.
  6. Write fan fiction using a book, TV show, character, celebrity, film, comic, etc. as inspiration.
  7. Write about something you find pleasurable, erotic, or desirable, no matter how unusual you think it is.
  8. Set your story in a new-to-you location, no matter how unfamiliar it may be. This is also good if you’re stuck. Change your setting and rewrite, allowing the setting to change your story and characters.
  9. Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind to entertain herself while convalescing. Spend some time in bed writing on a laptop, netbook, or notebook.
  10. Set up a fictional blog, using your blogger as your first person main character. Start with your character’s “about me” or with an entry about what happened to your character today. Your blog settings could be public (searchable), semi-public (able to be viewed but not accessible by search engines), or private. You can protect your private blog with a password that you give to an Ideal Reader.
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