Today's workshop will be writing exercises. I know! I hear your groans! But the best way to write better is to write more? Write? er... I mean right?
I won't delay the ink stained pen and smudged paper. Let's get busy!
Writing exercise #1
Writing real human relationships can be enhanced by using real life situations. So first, think of a friend, or maybe someone you don't really like, and write down at least 5 feelings/emotions you have about him or her. What happens when you express these feeling? What are your thoughts? What body movements are involved? Use these emotions and body movements in your writing!
Writing exercise #2
What would the above person in exercise #1 have to do in order to prove to you that he or she has sincerely changed?
Writing exercise #3
Now, think of someone you know who has had a turn of attitude since you have known them. What changes did he or she make? How did that change make you feel?
Writing exercise #4
From the above exercise, think of a fictional character you love. How did that character change? What do you wish WOULD change?
Writing exercise #5
Pick one of the following characters and give ONE solid, good motivational reason the character might be what he or she is. Which one would be the most intriguing to write about in your novel. WHY?
a lost child
a murdering drunk
a pretty actress gone mad
a rich man marrying for political reasons
a nun with a kind heart
a lady who would do anything to conceive a child
(Last) exercise #6
Now, write down the consequences for the character you picked from exercise #5. Would this consequence be enough to cause your character to change? Why? How? Write about it.
Well, that's it for now guys and dolls! I hope you enjoyed this change of pace.
Please let me know if you have any questions!!!
Sagging middles, anyone? Come back next week for ideas on how to keep the middle flowing with excitement and intrigue!