Daily Writing Exercise: September 2nd – Short Story Practice

Friday, September 2, 2016: Short Story Practice

Let’s be random today! Below you will find the random generation of plot points.

Your job is to pen a short story of around 750 words. As this is a freewrite exercise and only your first draft, you do not need to be precise in your sentence structure and punctuation (although the more accurate you can be during this phase, the easier it will be on you later!).

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 31st – Free Topic Day #5

Sunday, July 31, 2016: Free Topic Day #5

Write today about something random…something that you grab out of the air and run with. This is just short enough that you gain your daily skills practice, but just long enough to create something special!

Spend no more than 15 minutes with your creation today and then curl up with your new favorite read!

Daily Writing Exercise: July 30th – Short Story Saturday #12

Saturday, July 30, 2016: Short Story Saturday #12

Let’s be random today! Below you will find the random generation of plot points.

Your job is to pen a short story of around 750 words. As this is a freewrite exercise and only your first draft, you do not need to be precise in your sentence structure and punctuation (although the more accurate you can be during this phase, the easier it will be on you later!).

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 29th – First Line Friday #10

Friday, July 29, 2016: First Line Friday #10

This freewrite is a First Line Prompt. You will find the first line of your freewrite in the space below. Your job is to spend the next 15 minutes and continue it.

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The World by Henry Vaughan

This is perhaps one of my most favorite poems.

Henry Vaughan was a Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet.

While this poem was in part inspired by the profound, personal loss of his younger brother, Vaughan often used subjects that were deeply personal to him to inspire his writing.


The World

by Henry Vaughan

I saw Eternity the other night,
Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
All calm, as it was bright;
And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
Driv’n by the spheres
Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world
And all her train were hurl’d.
The doting lover in his quaintest strain
Did there complain;
Near him, his lute, his fancy, and his flights,
Wit’s sour delights,
With gloves, and knots, the silly snares of pleasure,
Yet his dear treasure
All scatter’d lay, while he his eyes did pour
Upon a flow’r.

The darksome statesman hung with weights and woe,
Like a thick midnight-fog mov’d there so slow,
He did not stay, nor go;
Condemning thoughts (like sad eclipses) scowl
Upon his soul,
And clouds of crying witnesses without
Pursued him with one shout.
Yet digg’d the mole, and lest his ways be found,
Work’d under ground,
Where he did clutch his prey; but one did see
That policy;
Churches and altars fed him; perjuries
Were gnats and flies;
It rain’d about him blood and tears, but he
Drank them as free.

The fearful miser on a heap of rust
Sate pining all his life there, did scarce trust
His own hands with the dust,
Yet would not place one piece above, but lives
In fear of thieves;
Thousands there were as frantic as himself,
And hugg’d each one his pelf;
The downright epicure plac’d heav’n in sense,
And scorn’d pretence,
While others, slipp’d into a wide excess,
Said little less;
The weaker sort slight, trivial wares enslave,
Who think them brave;
And poor despised Truth sate counting by
Their victory.

Yet some, who all this while did weep and sing,
And sing, and weep, soar’d up into the ring;
But most would use no wing.
O fools (said I) thus to prefer dark night
Before true light,
To live in grots and caves, and hate the day
Because it shews the way,
The way, which from this dead and dark abode
Leads up to God,
A way where you might tread the sun, and be
More bright than he.
But as I did their madness so discuss
One whisper’d thus,
“This ring the Bridegroom did for none provide,
But for his bride.”

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 28th – Travel Thursday #10

Thursday, July 28, 2016: Travel Thursday #10

This exercise is to help your character get to know their surroundings better. There’s nothing more fun to read than a well-informed character that knows tiny little secrets about the settings around them.

Here’s what you need to know!

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 27th – Three Nouns Exercise #10

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016: Three Nouns Exercise #10

Three random nouns are placed in the space below (one abstract, two concrete). Seen together, what do they make you think about? How does your mind connect them?

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 26th – Dialogue Development #10

Monday, July 26, 2016: Dialogue Development #10

Dialogue is an important part of telling a story. While great stories can be told without someone uttering a single word, authors use this device as a means of communicating a thought from character to character.

Today’s freewrite is here to help you develop your dialogue writing skills.

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Daily Writing Exercise: July 25th – Character Creation #4

Monday, July 25, 2016: Character Creation #4

Let’s create a random character and get to know them a little, shall we?

Your exercise for today is to get into the mind of a new character based on the prompt below.

Perhaps this will be the MC of your new story, or maybe he/she will fit into the story you are currently writing as a supportive character!

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