Exercises From Workbooks

New Thursday Posts

I have taken a leaf out of Vikki at the View Outside’s book and have invested in a couple of books on writing.  This one just arrived in the post this morning.


Now obviously I can’t share the whole book with you but what I intend to do for the next few Thursday is to give you a brief summary of one of the chapters and the attached exercise and show you what I came up with.  There are 58 chapters in total but I only intend to do half a dozen or so on here picked at random then I shall do an overall review of what I thought of the book as a whole in terms of structure, exercises and then if you like what you have read you can pop along to amazon or your local bookshop and get your own copy.

I have not had much chance to look through so far but the quick skim I did have it looks fascinating and as all the exercises are designed to be completed in 5 minutes then there is no excuse for not doing them, of course this does mean I need to pick up a new note book specifically for these exercises lol.

So what do you guys think are set exercises a good thing to warm up the brain and push you for your comfort zone?

14 thoughts on “New Thursday Posts

  1. I’m interested in your opinion on the exercises and look forward to seeing them. I do this in my creative writing class – we start the class with 5- minutes exercises (or what I call ‘short shorts’). We all love it, and it does get our writing mind in motion.


  2. I haven’t done any type of writing exercise to warm up before working on my book. I’ve had to stop in the middle and write a short story before, or take on one of the WP writing challenges before writing, but never a writing exercise. I’ll be interested to hear what you think about them. What I do do is … before every time I sit down to write seriously, I play a couple of computer games. They give my brain a workout and help to clear away everything else.


  3. I start every writing session with some kind of writing exercise. Either one from a book like The 3 a.m. Epiphany or one of my own making. My muse needs to warm up just like muscles do before a run. 🙂


  4. I’d be interested to hear if the exercises are just to ensure you write at all or are a form of discipline as to what or how you write.
    I have two quite distinct forms of writing; writing for me and serious writing. Frequently I’ve come across the advice to overcome writer’s block by writing anything – personal letter, emails, even shopping lists!
    Well, no problem, I thought, writing for me can be my way of overcoming writer’s block on serious writing. But it doesn’t work like that; it quickly becomes a distraction and excuse.
    You sound so disciplined anyway, Paula, I’m intrigued to hear what you get from this.


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