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. For more info on stream of consciousness, click here.
Writing Exercise: 10-15 minutes
Your character is in a car. Think through the big details:
- Where are they going? Where did they come from?
- Who are they with?
- What’s their emotional state?
Also, think through the smaller details:
- What kind of car is it?
- Is there music playing?
- What are the sensory details (smell, taste, hear, sight, touch, temperature) they’re experiencing?
Write them into this scene; give yourself 10-15 minutes.
Writing Prompt: 15-20 minutes
Your character witnesses a crime. It can range from a tiny infraction to a full-fledged felony. What exactly do they see? What’s their response?
While writing this, keep your character’s story arc in mind. What crime would be plausible within your overall story? Think of these prompts and exercises as puzzle pieces that make up the story line your character follows.
To begin placing these constructed scenes in a way that makes sense, check out the following creative writing exercises and prompts:
- Creating a character
- Bringing your character to life
- Digging deeper into your character
- Dealing with characters’ emotions
- Facing fears head on
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!