Every once in a while, we writers need a break from our regular writing routines. Whether we spend our work week crafting copy for clients or dedicate late-night hours pounding out chapter and verse, we occasionally need respite from the monotony.
We get burnt out in the middle of a long project and need to step away to can gain some perspective and recharge our creativity. Sometimes we need to rejuvenate between projects. When a major project is finished, we need to find our next big idea.
But we also want to keep writing. A short hiatus from writing starts with good intentions but ends with a writer wondering how months or years have slipped by without getting any real writing done.
One way to continue writing while taking a break from our work is to experiment with creative writing activities. These activities remind us that writing is fun, meaningful, and invigorating, and they keep our writing skills sharp.
Creative Writing Activities
These creative writing activities provide respite from your daily writing routine. Try one or try them all. Use them when you need a break from your regular work or when you’re between projects.
- Poetry Walk
- Grab your notebook and put on your walking shoes. Take a stroll and make notes about what you see: city life and wildlife. Take photos to capture your surroundings. Pause during your walk (stop at a park bench) and compose a poem or wait until you return home. A poetry walk is a great way to collect ideas and images for your creative writing projects.
- Writing Exercises
- Writing exercises keep your skills sharp and your creativity flowing even when inspiration is fleeting. They are excellent for keeping up your writing practice between projects.
- Character Journal
- Fiction writers need to get inside their characters’ heads. A great way to do this is to keep a journal as one of your characters. You’ll learn to understand the character on a deeper level, and you’ll find the character’s voice.
- Photo Prompts
- Head over to Google image search (or some other online image repository) to look for interesting photos that you can use to prompt a random creative writing session.
- Sell Yourself
- Take a break from your creative work and get down to business. Work on a query letter, a book proposal, or content for your author’s website.
- What-if List
- The best writing ideas come from asking what-if questions. Make a big list of what-if questions that you can use later for writing inspiration.
- Name Game
- You’ve got characters, story ideas, a novel in the works, and a blog. Conduct a brainstorming session to come up with names for characters, titles for books, and headlines for blog posts.
- Observation Station
- Get out of your own head. Grab your notebook or journal and head to a heavily populated area. Park yourself on a bench or in a comfy café and do a little people watching. Record your observations and brainstorm ways you can use observation to influence and empower your writing.
What are some of your favorite creative writing activities? Share your thoughts and experiences by leaving a comment, and keep writing!