Creative Writing Practice: facing fears head on

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. 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

What are your top five fears in life? Take a minute to write them down.

Now, get in the mindset of your character. What are their top five fears? Think about their history and how it could’ve affected their current state of mind.

Character Example:

Audrey Collins, age 18

  1. Being forgettable, unremarkable
  2. Ocean riptide
  3. Being seen as weak – having her insecurities exposed
  4. Fire
  5. Being stuck in one place for too long

Writing Prompt: 15-20 minutes

Choose one of their fears and write to explain the origin of how it manifested. Then, find a way to include a recent experience confronting the fear and how they handled it.

Done!

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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