Are writing exercises sometimes overlook? They allow us to take a break–without the guilt that might drag along, and to be productive while having fun.
I recently benefited from one of Anna’s exercises, one that challenged me to work on my characters’ voices and to make them more distinct. As I read through her blog, I realized how helpful her exercises are at any stage of the writing process:
-If you have never written before but are thinking about it, they provide an opportunity to start without any expectation or pressure on your part. They help you get started with the basics: who is your character, what does he or she want, add to that some unexpected questions.
-If you’re currently working on your first draft, Anna’s writing exercises help make it even stronger. They help you shape the world your story takes place in, and provide you with pretexts to “hang out with,” as opposed to work on, your characters.
-If you are revising, they make for a practical checklist.
Last but not least, they can be a medicine for the dreaded writer’s block.
You can apply any of the exercises to your work-in-progress. I’m smiling as I’m writing this: do you have any fun or odd writing exercises that worked wonders for you?