December 4, 2010

Beat Your Holiday Writer’s Block

Clean out visions of sugarplums, shopping and baking, and bust your writer’s block with these quick and fun writing exercises.

1. Make A List. Check It Twice.

Look at each word listed below, and write the first word that comes into your mind. Don’t think. Just write. Or try “chaining.” Choose one word, write the first word that comes to mind; then build on that word, writing the first word that comes into your head. Keep going . . .

2. Throw On A Disguise

Imagine putting on a costume and becoming one of these familiar holiday icons. Choose one character listed below. Then, using their point of view, write a paragraph describing a character or situation from your story.

Ebenezer Scrooge
Santa Claus

3. Create A Few Grinch-a Phors

Listen to the metaphors in “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Then let loose and write your own over the top metaphors about a character, or characters, from your story.


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Clever post!

I must try your first exercise. A writer's group could have a lot of fun with this.

Susan :)

Jean Fischer said...

I love that first exercise. It's fun to see where chaining the words will take you. Let me know if you try it.


Karen Lange said...

Great ideas, Jean. As Susan said, very clever. Thank you!

Thanks too, for your kind comments recently about the loss of my Mom and sister Wendy. I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Blessings to you and your readers,