Tag: writing prompts
Writing exercises that will help you surprise yourself and the readerYou don't have to be suffering from writer's block to feel like you're in a creative rut. Maybe you're wildly prolific, but all your material is starting to sound the same. Maybe you've written a short story you love, but just can't find the right way to end it. Maybe you've been working away on a sonnet that really wants to be a villanelle. Oftentimes, plot (or what we could call direction/momentum/impulse in a poem or piece of experimental fiction) can open up in interesting ways when we leave it alone for a minute and simply listen to the tone or voice of the writing itself. Here are a number of writing exercises you can use when you'd like to experiment with voice, strengthen your writing muscles, and take your poetic or storytelling skills in surprising new directions.
1. Use an unreliable narratorNabokov had Humbert Humbert. Frank Bidart had Herbert White. Randy Newman has... hell, almost every song he's written is from the perspective of someone you just can't trust. And here's the thing about unreliable narrators: when you know you can't trust them, you believe in them all the more!
Stuck in a writing rut? Are you sick of your own voice? Write ahead of yourself! Get out in front of your conscious, deliberate, critical mind. Free yourself from patterns and intentions wherever they’re stifling your...