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.