Stretch your Writing Muscles

Many new creative writers find that doing the washing up or weeding the garden suddenly looks appealing, compared to the effort of sitting down and putting words onto the page. Force yourself to get through these early doubts, and it really will get easier. Try to get into the habit of writing every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes. Do some short exercises to stretch your writing muscles, for example write for ten timed minutes about what come to mind after reading one of the following:

  • “Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” (Byron)
  • It was at that moment that I wished I could remember what we’d been taught about …
  • A man blows his nose. When he looks into his handkerchief he finds something that looks like a microchip!
  • “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” (Samuel Johnson)
  • After completing a solo camping trip, a woman gets her film developed and discovers that several photos are of her … sleeping.
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