Random Exercise

Write a short story using these three words:

sparkle, chase, window

Random Exercise

Make a list of ten items that are blue.

Do that before reading the rest. Hurry up! And no peeking!

(Okay, now use #2, 5 & 7 in a short story.)

Have fun!

Week # 177

As soon as Jeff opened the door he knew he had made a mistake.

Dialogue Exercise

Use this line of dialogue in a short story. It could be the first line, the last line or any line in between:

"That guy is a thug!"

Description Exercise

We haven't done a description exercise in a long time. So, it's time to sharpen your pencil and open your eyes (and ears and nose, etc - you know I am big on writing with all five of your senses alert and alive). I want you to try describing a sunset. I would suggest you first watch a sunset. And I mean really watch it. I'll warn you, this exercise may be cliche-inducing. So be aware of that and steer clear of those tempting cliches.

Have fun!

Dialogue Exercise

Use this line of dialogue in a short story:

"The warlocks are coming."


"Writing can be a crucial skill, like cartography. Everybody lives in the middle of a landscape. Writing can provide a map."

~ Phyllis Theroux

The Power of Fifteen

As a yoga teacher I am often asked the best way to get more flexible. I always tell people the same thing: you will get better results by stretching for fifteen minutes every day than by going to one yoga class a week. It is just the way the body works. Tiny bits of daily effort can add up to big results.

The same is true with your writing. If the only time you have to write are fifteen minutes squeezed in each day during your lunch break, then write your heart out for those fifteen minutes. Over a year you will get far more words written than someone who insists on having two full, undisturbed hours which they can only carve out every few weeks. (I say this with absolute authority because I have tried both ways.)

So, if you feel you are not getting enough time to write, try finding fifteen minutes in your day - every day - and write in that time. You might surprise yourself with how much you get accomplished. You may even write your book that way. There is a children's book author who got her start writing on her lunch hour. Her name is J. K. Rowling. As I said: tiny bits of daily efforts can add up to big results!