Writing exercises

Exploding Bakeries

A good writing exercise will boost your creativity – it will open up your mind and let you experience a heightened sense of flow. Flow is considered the state where ideas emerge freely, undisturbed by the mundane.

This exercise is what I call ‘Stress Speed Writing’. It puts you on the spot, makes you think quickly and change direction all the time. If you want to do it easy mode, start the exercise now with a blank page and blank mind; if you want to try a harder version, take one of your existing stories or characters and keeping them in mind, try to stay true to what they are, no matter what I throw at you next.

This exercise will take 15 minutes.

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1. Start your writing with the sentence: “There was nothing better than the truth.”

Write without stopping for 3 minutes.

2. Add a rose somewhere in the next two sentences.

Write without stopping for 1 minute.

3. Start the next sentence with: “However, something …”

Write without stopping for 2 minutes.

4. Add an explosion.

Write without stopping for 1 minute.

5. Introduce another character.

Write without stopping for 3 minutes.

6. Change the weather.

Write without stopping for 2 minutes.

7. Add a bakery.

Write without stopping for 2 minutes.

8. Review and edit

Do this in the final 1 minute.

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This is the end of this exercise. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope it sparked some creativity in you and hopefully gave you some ideas for future projects.

I would love to read your story so please leave it down in the comments or link me to your blog.

Feel free to use this exercise in your writing group.

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