Many of the writing exercises I had done over the years were fun or interesting, but few of them imparted practical writing skills. I wanted to develop exercises that would convey constructive writing techniques that writers could apply to real-world writing projects.
I also wanted these exercises to provide hours and hours of creative writing practice, because practice is the only way to develop mastery of any craft.
From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Cut-and-Paste Poetry. Today’s poetry writing exercise comes from my book 101 Creative Writing Exercises. The exercises in this book... [Read more]
Homophones: accept vs except. The English language is fraught with sound-alike words that look nothing alike on the page (or screen). These homophones have given many writers... [Read more]
What is a plot? Today’s post includes excerpts from What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing, chapter two: “Plot.” Enjoy! What is a Plot? A... [Read more]
Where do you get ideas for writing? I used to actively look for writing ideas. When I wanted to write a story, I would brainstorm and ask questions that I thought would lead... [Read more]
How to get inspired. Sometimes when we sit down to write, the muse is in full effect and the words pour forth effortlessly. Other times we sit there staring at a blank screen,... [Read more]
Grammar and writing go hand in hand. Today I’d like to share an excerpt from my book 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. This excerpt is from “Chapter Four: Grammar,”... [Read more]
Writing Forward turns nine years old! I can’t believe it’s been nine years since I launched Writing Forward. It’s been a fun and challenging adventure, and... [Read more]Get more creative writing tips and ideas for better writing...