Every writer’s practice is different, but we all get stuck sometimes, right? That’s where a warm-up or creative exercise– a mad libs, a freewrite, a list, a blog post, a letter that you’ll never send, what have you– can fling a handful of fun at you and save the day.
Do you use a creative practice to help boost-start your writing? If so, what– or what have some of your favorites been?
In school, one of my favorites was a classroom exercise. The class would brainstorm and agree on a setting, some basic characters, and an object– then freewrite a story for ten to twenty minutes. Some pretty awesome results (involving a ninja, a drunken cheerleader, and a roll of duct tape at Bally Total Fitness, for example) still stand out in my mind to this day.