As some of you may know, I put up a blog post recently about Why I Don't Want to Get Published anymore. I just find writing to be a tedious task when I do it with the intent of it being shared with the world. I don't want writing to be a "job." Thankfully, since coming to this revelation, I have started enjoying writing for fun a lot more, and have been using some resources to help. Here is how I like to write for fun:
1. Writing in the "500 Writing Prompts Book"
Check out the book I use here: 500 Writing Prompts
My mom got me this book from Indigo for Christmas. It has some of the funnest writing prompts, with the line space so you can write right in the book. Some are short, some are long, and I have so much fun completing them. My favourite one thus far was "an alien has just abducted you. Provide the reasons why they should return you back to earth." It doesn't have to be serious or philosophical, and I like to experiment with form while doing it.
2. "Story in a Bag" Exercises
This was provided to me by my creative writing professor, with the intent to write longer short stories. Basically you are given a prompt, and after every paragraph, a new prompt is thrown your way to incorporate into your story. Sometimes it turns into a mess, but it's funny nonetheless. Here is one I followed to help with setting:
•Describe the setting using all five senses and showing the time of day.
•Demonstrate time passing in a scene.
•Have a character hold a conversation – one character is local to the setting and the other is
•Create a conflict and change the apparent temperament of one of the characters.
•Introduce a third character and escalate the conflict. Use mirroring in the dialogue. Include a
descriptive passage about the surroundings / setting.
•Stage an interruption.
•Create some sense that all is lost for one of the characters.
•Have one character exit the setting and another enter.
•Include a short description of the setting – what has changed?
3. Cute Notebooks for Free Writing
I have found that when I am writing in a cute notebook, it inspires me to sit down and write even more. Recently I have been writing in a Game of Thrones Lannister notebook, and it just feels very whimsical and regal. Perfect for fantasy writing!
4. Writing Without Thought Verbs
Check out this link: Nuts and Bolts: "Thought" Verbs
Again, taken from a project I had to do in university, writing without thought verbs is a great way to develop your characters and show, not tell. It is tedious to do when being marked on it, or worrying about editors and publishers, but for fun, I don't take it too seriously. I just find it as a great way to improve my writing.
5. Writing on Pinterest
You heard me. So recently I had to do an assignment where I had to pick a social media and write using that media. I picked Pinterest and wrote a really fun wedding themed story revolving around the wedding inspiration I found on Pinterest. A now I am obsessed with writing cute little stories to go with some of the most creative photos on Pinterest. Sometimes it really helps to have a photo to go off of!
Those are the things that I am loving to do with writing at the moment! How do you like to write for fun?
Emily @ Paperback Princess