One of the toughest parts of the writing process is getting started on a new project. While the easiest way to overcome white page paralysis is to embrace the “crappy first draft” idea there are other options. Today’s writing exercise comes from WritingExercises.co.uk where you can find hundreds of prompt generators, randomizers, and all other sorts of golden nuggets.
Take three nouns and freewrite
The beauty of this exercise is that it allows the brain to make abstract connections between three unrelated objects which often generates fresh characters, places, and stories.
Freewriting is best with a timer and an atmosphere free of distractions. I prefer 15 minute chunks. It’s long enough to form a few concrete ideas and begin running with them. Often it feels like nothing but drivel comes from the exercise until I go back and read what’s there and find a few gems that I can use.
Check it out – here’s a handy three noun generator, just for you!
It’s Writer Wednesday here at the blog and today we are going to discuss the KISS principle.
KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid.
I’m not calling any of you dear readers stupid, rest assured. Only the smartest of readers and writers end up here. The KISS acronym has been around since the 1960’s when it was used as a design principle in the US Navy.
Some have morphed the acronym to these more suitable alternatives –
- Keep It Short and Simple
- Keep It Small and Simple
- Keep It Simple and Straightforward
Choose the one that works best for you.
A handful of writers fall into the “If it’s complicated, it’s better” category, thinking that if a plot has twists and surprise reveals on every other page then it must be an awesome read. Yes, there are readers out there that love a book like this. There are also readers who seek out My Little Pony Fan Fiction. Different strokes for different folks people.
The point is, a complicated twisted plot line that’s hard to understand and hard to follow is going to be a hard book to read and recommend.
Today’s exercise is the following:
Take a complex and confusing scene and remove three elements that are not necessary to furthering the plot.
Here’s a touch of inspiration for you: