Creative writing exercises can help you to generate ideas, get started on a story, and practice your writing skills. There are many ways you can practice creative writing. One simple way is to choose an amount of time and just write, about anything. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and write, write, write, until it goes off. If you want to keep writing after that, go right ahead! Another activity you can do is to start with a picture prompt. Choose a picture from a magazine, a picture from a book, or even a personal photo. Write a story about the picture or tell about it using lots of details. A third activity is to use a writing prompt. Ask someone to come up with some creative beginnings to a story. They might give you, "The dog started acting strange, just after the full moon," or, "I had no idea what was in that bag or I would never have opened it." Sometimes all you need is something to spark your writing and give you ideas. A fourth option is to write with someone else. Talk about what you’d like to write about and start planning or writing it together. This way, you get twice the amount of ideas flowing! Finally, don’t forget about using graphic organizers to help you get your ideas together. An idea web or a character trait sheet will help you start thinking about what you’d like to write, who your characters are, and what conflicts they’ll face.
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