“Inspiration” can be a tricky thing. Sometimes we need to do some work before inspiration hits, and regular writing – even if we’re not feeling super inspired – helps us create quality work beyond relying on the ever-elusive Muse.
Next time you’re feeling a little stuck with a blank page, try one of the following exercises:
- Write a fight scene.
- Write a first date scene.
- Write a short mystery story that is resolved by the end.
- Write a wedding scene.
- Write a sex scene.
- Describe a meal or a scene during a meal.
- Write something based on the dictionary.com Word of the Day.
- Write a scene based on an old diary or journal entry of yours.
- Describe your surroundings or a scene that just happened to you. Use all of your senses.
- Describe an argument that you have imagined yourself having.
- Write a death scene.
- Write a scene based on nonsense.
- Finish the following sentence: “I’ve never told anyone this, but…”
- Write a piece of fan fiction about your favourite fictional world or character.
- Write a scene based on a dream you have had.
- Write about a confession scene.
- Write a short fairy tale.
- Write a mother-daughter or father-son scene.
- Write a scene based in the desert, in a blizzard, or in a forest at night.
- Write a scene based on a deserted island.
- Write an office scene.
- Describe your most secret fantasy as if it were happening to you right now.
- Write a scene set in a hospital.
- Write a scene about a robbery.
- Write a scene set in a line-up at the grocery store.