Ransom Note

Cut out words and phrases from a magazine.

Form a story or poem by arranging them on a page and gluing them down.

This one is great when you need a tactile, crafty exercise to help get you unstuck.

New Choice Variation

Set a timer while you write to go off every 3 minutes. Each time it sounds, strike out the sentence you just wrote and write a completely different sentence.

New Choice

Take a page of your writing. Strike out your 3rd, 8th, and final sentences.

Rewrite them.

Read the newly-revised version.

Now strike those sentences out again. Rewrite them. Don’t revise them–change them completely. Go in a totally new direction.

Feeling done? Great. Strike them out one more time. I know, I know. Now go with it–write a new version. See where it takes you…

Five Senses

Check in with each of your five senses. This is an exercise we often use to start writing sessions, to find focus and leave chatter behind.

What do you see?
What do you hear?
What do you taste?
What do you smell?
What do you feel?

Set a timer and write for one minute on each sense.