I’ve never been one for writing prompts or formal creativity exercises. My cure for so-called writers’ block is simply to sit down and write. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic, creativity is a gift not a given. However, everyone’s process is different and many authors swear by them. For the benefit of my followers, I decided to compile a list of creativity exercises to help people get the writing juices flowing.
I made a decision to publish Sweet Redemption (previously Twist of Fate) this year. My hope was to land an agent, which is no easy feat (understatement of the century). My second choice was to work directly with a publisher and, if that didn’t pan out, to self-publish.
I shared more details about my publishing story and I can’t wait until Sweet Redemption is available to you in June. Now my focus has shifted to marketing, building my backlist and getting my works in progress completed. My plate is full of projects, so who knows, I may need some creativity exercises myself!
- Writing prompts can be a good way to get the creative juices flowing. You’re writing without any pressure and after you build some momentum, you can translate it to your work in progress
- Blog posts are a great way to ensure you’re writing every week. You can also connect with other likeminded people, so it’s a win-win
- Writing a journal (even one line a day like I do) lets you look back and reflect on your memories. Plus, all writing is good writing (and it counts!)
- Starting an inspiration notebook will get you excited about your book (and future books). It will also keep all your ideas in one place
- Write a letter to one of your characters (or to a real person – everyone likes getting mail that isn’t bills or junk)
- Describe your current surroundings. If they’re boring, describe your dream surroundings or ideal house
- Research settings for your book and take notes in your inspiration notebook. Rich details (but not too many) bring your story to life. Is there a particular New York City restaurant your character frequents? Research the hell out of it and make me feel like I’m there when I’m reading your book
- Practice writing dialogue (and making it unique to each character) by putting them into a situation. This doesn’t have to make it into your book. For example, if Brooklyn and Trevor from Sweet Redemption won the lottery, they’d have very different reactions. Write out a dialogue heavy scene where they tell their friends the news
- Start making lists of 5 items related to your book. Consider plot twists, subplots, tropes, character growth, unexpected elements…the possibilities are endless and will get you thinking (and writing)
- Meditate to let go of the day thus far and open yourself up to inspiration. If you’ve been following along for a while, I’m sure you expected this one 😉 Give it 10 minutes a day for 8 weeks. It will change your life
How do you jump start creativity?
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