Creative Writing Practice: feeling all the feels

Set aside between 30 minutes to an hour to work on this session. Be sure to check out how to create a character and write them into scenarios before you begin this lesson. Some of these writing ideas have been inspired by others online, creative writing books, and past writing classes. Some are original. Now they are yours.

Begin: 2 minutes

Start with a stream of consciousness. Set a timer for 2 minutes, put your pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and start writing. Don’t stop until the timer goes off. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, hurting anyone’s feelings. Just get it out. After the timer goes off you can burn it or delete it, but GET IT OUT. I consider this to be a brain dump before I can let my true creativity come to the surface, though sometimes there are gems within the nonsense. Underline anything that sparks something for you.

Writing Exercise: 10-15 minutes

Your character is in a passive-agressive dispute with a friend/partner/family member. Both of them are pretending the problems are non-existent, though they are throwing snide comments and subtly rude actions to the other. Write a situation where your character is experiencing this.

Writing Prompt: 15-20 minutes

Your goal is to take your character from one strong emotion to another. Write your developing character into a scene – you can pick a location here. From this list, choose two differing emotions and see how drastically you can bring your character from one to the next. This change in emotion can be due to an external circumstance or an internal realization. Be sure to describe both emotions and why they are feeling them fully, including sensory details.

Put your pen down.

If you feel inspired to share your writing from this session, please comment below, or link to your own website. I’d love to read what you’ve come up with!

Happy writing!

Love, Emma

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