Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Writing Exercises

So after reading David Farland’s newsletter I fully admitted to myself that I never do writing exercises, and I probably should. I keep notebooks of all my ideas, I have a daily word count, but I don’t do writing exercises. And I imagine writing exercises would, you know, make me a better writer.

I always have time when I get home from work to do a writing exercise or two, especially when my husband works late (which, sadly, is happening more and more frequently. Stupid pharmacy). I think I even have a handful of books in the office that talk about writing exercises—I just need to get the gusto (and remember) to do them. Because they’re good for you, right?

To readers: do you do writing exercises? What kind, and how have they helped? Any exercises y’all can suggest will be dually appreciated.

Excerpt of the day:

Goosebumps rose on Teague’s arms. “That . . . doesn’t seem right.”

“I suppose not,” said Tock, “but when it’s so widely-practiced, it doesn’t really matter.” He gestured to the baby in Thade’s arms. “What they do to their children isn’t right, either. Nor is what we do right—kidnapping newborns from their families. Unforunately, morality is in the eye of the beholder, and most people around here don’t like seeing otherwise.”

Weirs, chapter 4

1 comment:

  1. No, I don't do them either. If I did, I'd have to take time away from something else, like my actual writing. I suppose they could help sharpen my skills, but... I also have trouble making myself do something that isn't working towards a finished product. Just the product of a busy lifestyle, I guess. Although I do remember enjoying some of them when I was still in school and had to do them. Perhaps someday...