We’re all full of stories and opinions in need of expression. Whether you’re a stay-at-home dad or a high-powered executive mom, everybody needs a little fun in their life.
For those of us born with the soul of a writer, writing is fun. At least until our well of inspiration runs dry. Perhaps you’re a wannabe writer who has let fear stall your creative imagination. Whatever your current situation, we’ll show you how to reignite your writing passion and have great fun in the process.
Fun Writing Exercise #1:
Go to your favorite office supply store and get yourself a very important pen (v.i.p.). Don’t settle for any old generic pen. Test write with several style pens and experiment with different colored ink. You’ll also need a fat spiral notebook.
This is a stream-of-consciousness assignment, which must written (longhand) in your spiral notebook with your v.i.p. Using a computer will defeat the aim to loosen up inhibitions, spark your creativity and let go of perfectionism.
Set a timer for five minutes. The only condition is to keep your fingers moving. Write anything that pops into your mind. Don’t stop to reread, fix punctuation or grammar or misspelled words. Enjoy the process of laying words upon the page. You’re in a safe place where anything goes. Just write.
This is a fun free-writing exercise for writer groups. Write a word or phrase on a slip of paper, and then fold and drop into a pretty box or lidded jar. The more imaginative the better. For example: “The day I saw a man wearing one red shoe…” “purple time” “night sounds” and so on. Do about 25 of these.
Reach into the receptacle and draw a slip of paper. Set timer for five minutes. Write all about the word or phrase until the buzzer sounds.
Read current news, either on the internet or in your newspaper. Pick out a human-interest story that speaks to you. Isolate one of the characters – for instance, woman murders married lover, teenager shoplifts heirloom diamond bracelet, alligator wrestler loses nerve, etc.
Construct what pros call a “character sketch” about your person of interest. Give your character little quirks, like nervously clicking his pen or twisting hair around her index finger. Write about his hometown, her friends and hobbies. Is he a closet ballet dancer? Give her morals and values, or lack of. Don’t concern yourself with plot. It’s all about writing to have fun. Later, you may find the character won’t leave your consciousness. If so, write her!
Go blog-wild! Set up a blog, using one of the free sites. Maybe a fat-cat publisher will “discover” you. It has been known to happen. Or maybe you’ll just discover writing is fun!
Until next time, write on…