Ways to Kick Start Your Writing Day

In a series of articles, Jan Moran Neil gives tips for exercises that will give your creative mind a boost

You may be working on an autobiography, a novel, a script or collection of poetry and short stories.  So try these short ‘kick start’ exercises:

Your Personal Experience

You have a memory store: a landscape where your past history sits waiting for you to re-discover.  Describe that memory store.  Is it a memory box or a bag or a place?  What colour is it?  Is there a fragrance?  What sounds can you hear and what is the texture of that store?  Are there any tastes from your past you have forgotten and if so, why?

  1. What is your earliest memory of reading?  Who were you with?  What were you doing?  What were you feeling?
  2. Repeat this exercise with your earliest memory of speaking.
  3. And your earliest memory of writing? (Have you made any discoveries about how you react to the spoken or written word?)
  4. At random, take a photo and an object which belong to you.  Find a connection and write about it.  A theme should emerge.
  5. Take one of your past or present pets’ names as a Christian name and your mother’s maiden name as a surname and write a physical description of that person.
  6. What were you doing five years ago?
  7. Where do you want to be in five years time?
  8. List the ten best moments of your life.  Where were you and why were they so good?
  9. List six turning points in your life.  Where were you and what did they change about you?

Next time: Novel Ideas and Encouraging Dialogue


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