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Group: Short Story Writing Exercises - old

Previously Written Stories, Poems, etc.

As I understand it this group is NOT for previously written stories, poems, etc. but for exercises that will be assigned to us by the group leader. Am I correct?


Don Yarber

28th September 2011


Yes you are correct. It is to get our creative juices flowing, help with writers block and possibly inspire new work. Although if you want to rework a previous piece that will be alright, but for this to really be effective you should try to come up with fresh works.


Deborah Boydston

28th September 2011


If anyone has any ideas for an exercise I am open to hear it.


Deborah Boydston

28th September 2011


An exercise that I was given once before was to turn on the radio and write around the subject that was currently being talked about on the air. (I did cheat and turn it on to two different stations!)


Margaret Kidd

30th September 2011


That is a good idea, maybe we'll try something like down the road.


Deborah Boydston

29th September 2011


The writing ideas are literally endless as I sit here, but what I really would like to know, are the little details of these exercises, mainly length and word count. As a Novel Writer (used to very lengthy word counts) I can imagine - in my own personal opinion - an exercise being anywhere from 500 to 1000 words with absolutely no problem. Do you have a set word count you would like the exercises to be?

A few years ago I had this idea that I was going to do 100 (1000 - 1200 word) short stories and Publish them in a collection, and these are just some ideas from a list that I have been waiting to do something with. I had to go digging for it.

- Experiencing a real life giant
- Meeting a Mafia Don at a restaurant
- An explosion at a mall
- A horrifying moment
- A Beautiful moment
- A strange (thing) in the background of a picture
- A touching painting
- A bumblebee
- A spider
- Watching Mountain Goats in Alaska
- A ghostly encounter
- In line while a Bank Robbery takes place
- A tiny Violinist
- A winning Horse
- A Great White Shark Incident
- A drug addict
- A blind person at the beach
- A day in the life of a 20 dollar bill
- A feuding Ant colony


Just some of the ideas I have in this list that I dug up, (we don't have to use them, I was just putting it out there. I won't be offended, hahahahaaz!) Deborah...thanks to you - I mean, for reminding me of the original Plan I had a few years back...I think I might just resurrect this idea! But...I think you probably have many of your own, so let us know what they are! I think if we could pull off one a week, by the end of a year we could each have an impressive collection! And there are a lot of magazines out there that buy very short stories! Look to "THE BEST OF THE MAGAZINE MARKETS FOR WRITER'S 2011"

If you consider it in this way you can understand that this could become a supplementary income and maybe get your name tossed around out there! Who knows, right? I couldn't help taking it in this direction, my brain just works like that. I guess I am just saying that these little exercises are a very good idea! I'm in!


Daniel Bird

29th September 2011


Perhaps the "Previously Written Stories, Poems, etc." in this Group "WRITING EXERCISES" should be changed. It is a bit confusing.


Daniel Bird

29th September 2011


If I am understanding you right Daniel I agree they should be changed. This is what this group was originally intended for, to help us all get our creative juices flowing, inspire us, help with writers block etc.... Even though most of us here are already extremely inspired, it always helps to get new inspiration, maybe write something we would not normally write (step out of our comfort or safety zones). or write in a genre we do not usually write in.


Deborah Boydston

29th September 2011


@Daniel. I started the discussion because I was confused too. Instead of posting previously written stories, poems, etc. I believe, (correct me if I'm wrong, Deb) that we are supposed to write a short exercise based on the subject that the group leader indicates.


Don Yarber

29th September 2011


Daniel I would like to post three new exercises a week, I will post one, would you like to post one a week also. also these are just exercises so we should probably have a maximin word count, make the exercises fairly short. What do you think.


Deborah Boydston

29th September 2011


@ Don yes you are correct, and yes they should be kind of short.


Deborah Boydston

29th September 2011


Sure, I'll post some of my ideas, that would be sweet! I think that this will be a fantastic little series of exercises, keeping our imagination muscles strong and fit while honing our writing skills and sharpening our most formidable writing tools! We should allow more time though for more people to input their ideas and perhaps you might use that to come up with a month by month structure (2 - 3 exercises a week.) I think this could be very catchy! And with the allowance of several people inputting their ideas of exercises, this could get seriously fun! But...this is just the start so it would be prudent to give this one a little bit more time to find its roots! But I would follow this one with a couple of short entries a week for sure. It sounds like a lot of fun!


Daniel Bird

29th September 2011


Great Daniel. I will look forward to your entries. When you are ready just start a new discussion and I would put Exercise in the title first so everyone will know it is an exercise. Elizabeth Tan asked if she could put in an exercise, so I think she will add one soon. I do not want to overwhelm people with too many exercises so I agree that 2-3 a week is good to start. Maybe later that can be expanded. well just have to see how the group evolves. Again thank for you imput, I really appriciate it.


Deborah Boydston

29th September 2011


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