20-Minute Writing Exercises for March

The following is a set of writing exercises involving a feeling (fear):

  • For 2 minutes, list the things you are most afraid of.
  • For 2 minutes, find three common traits in the list.  If there are more than three, mark the three you find scariest.
  • For 6 minutes (2 minutes per trait), find words to describe each trait (use a dictionary or thesaurus if necessary).  Make sure some words are nouns or adjectives while other words are verbs or adverbs.
  • For 10 minutes, describe a monster doing something scary.  Use the nouns and adjectives to describe the monster and the verbs and adverbs to describe what he is doing.  The monster can be something totally made up, based on well-known fictional monsters, or be a monstrous person.

This exercise can be altered to happiness, failure, love, or any number of emotions with little effort.

About R. Garrett Wilson

I am a member of the Stanislaus World Builders writing group and have participated in the FSFW writing group. I have written one drama that was based on the book of Mark and performed at my church in 2007. My story, Journeyer, is published in Analog Magazine and a novelette, The Bakrra Encounter, in the FSFW 2010 anthology, I Dreamed a Crooked Dream. I also took part in the community novel project, Stanislaus Reads and Writes, and have a chapter in their novel, Ashes in a Teardrop. Beyond writing, I enjoy road trips, photography, woodworking, watching tennis and cycling, and reading.
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3 Responses to 20-Minute Writing Exercises for March

  1. My boys would love this . . . at least the monster part. :) What a fun idea! So I’m curious where you come up with your writing exercises.

    • The ‘Word of the Day’ exercise in January was influenced by http://oneword.com/ – obviously modified from 1 minute to 20.

      The observation exercise in February was based on a sermon I heard about two or three years ago where the preacher asked about a display everyone had passed on the way into the chapel.

      This month’s exercise is completely of my own creation, or at least I can’t remember the influence. When I was president of the literary club at my high school (more than half my lifetime ago), I came up with something similar to this… maybe I had a motivation then that I can’t think of now.

  2. Bekah says:

    I tried these but with no goal. Much better!

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