Freewrite to someone or something. To the forest, to a dog, to a marriage, to an old house, to a parent or sibling. Write a story using this narrative approach.
Write a first person “Because” story. Start every line with “Because”. List the reasons why a character worries, doubts.. etc. Or why the character loves, envies or hates. For example. “Because I found him with in the kitchen at 6:00AM, looking at the clock. Because my mother died in the ocean on the nicest day of […]
Obsessions are great to work with. Pick a few of them, and in this exercise, pontificate. Write in long, run-on sentences. Try to write about 3 of your obsessions. For example: A home you once lived in, your strange nose, money, someone you can’t forgive.. these are examples. Go crazy with many specific, vivid details.
Autopilot: Don’t think about what you are writing, write as much as you can as fast you can without any editing or worry about grammar, spelling, story arc, or logic. Do it for as long as possible: one hour, two hours, three hours: don’t look back don’t look up.
Write a piece as if overhearing a couple having an intimate discussion during an uncensored moment. Write about a moment that should not be overheard. Don’t get cartoonish. Make it real.
Write about a situation which involves intense conflict. At some point, an animal (of some kind) enters the scene. A dog or cat can do wonders for atmosphere. The important part is that in some way, the animal changes the energy a bit. Don’t make it obvious or corny. Let us see how people change […]
Write a story in the first person in which an unreliable narrator is in denial about their inconvenient feelings for another character. The denial can be about feelings of love, anger, distrust.. anything. Here are prompt words: uniform, kitchen, chicken skin, soak, cracked, notion.