You need to make time for your creativity.
I’ll say it again: you NEED to make time for your creativity.
Expressing yourself, no matter how silly, will help you better understand yourself and the world around you. And there is no substitute.
I know what you’re thinking, I don’t have time, I have a full time job, errands, family, friends, a LIFE! Who has time for that flighty, artsy thing we call “creativity”?
So, I’ve created 7 writing exercises that you can do in under 10 minutes. You don’t have to be a writer to do these exercises, after all, they’re just games and everybody knows how to play (even if you’ve forgotten how, you’ll remember once you start).
Go ahead. Make time for your creativity. I know you can.
An ancient Japanese form of short poetry using syllables as its anchor
A Haiku’s first line is 5 syllables, then 7, then 5 again. One line can melt into another and it can be about anything. Easy, peasy and hey, Japanese-y.
The runner at night
The soft breeze, the rhythmic beat,
a small wave whispers.
Ok, now you!
2. Story based tweets
Can you write a story in 140 characters or less? I dare you.
It was the first time I had come face to face with a tree. Scared me at first. Back on Earth, trees don’t have faces and they don’t talk.
— Very Short Story (@VeryShortStory) February 29, 2016
3. Writing prompts
Use this WRITING PROMPT LINK pick one and write for 5 minutes about whatever comes to mind. Don’t over think it… just write whatever
4. Fill in the blanks
Do this 3 different times and as fast as you can…
Once, there was this __________________ who really wanted ________________. It was going fine until ____________________and that’s when he/she/it decided to _________________ and _____________________ and ___________________. Little did he/she/it know that __________________ would happen. The rest was history.
6. Four lines of dialogue
– What do you do?
– I stare out of windows in moving vehicles.
– I’m a writer
Now you try.
7. Where are you right now?
Just like it sounds. Jot down everything you notice in the place where you are right at this moment. Don’t forget, you have 5 senses, use as many as you can in this handy 5-10 minute exercise.
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