Writers, Start with Something Boring

Just Jump In

By Annette Rey

At https://publishingadvisors.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/publishing-advice-column/ it was suggested to start with something boring, write a story about waiting in line and make it interesting. So, I did!

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Writers, Think Another Way

Give This a Try

By Annette Rey

Though I prefer writing fiction, I am open to any education about writing. Currently, I am reading Feature Writing by William E. Blundell. It does not hurt to add to your writing repertoire and if you can break into feature writing, you can collect some decent pay for your work.

I have an interesting exercise for you gleaned from the pages of this book which reveals an interesting fact you may not have heard before.

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Challenge – Write a Poem

Not a Poet? No Matter

By Annette Rey

You know writers need to experiment and get out of their comfort zones sometimes, right? Well, what better than to dabble in poetry?

I have done this and it opens another part of my brain. The words just sort of flow. Don’t try to be great at it. Just enjoy.

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Three Creative Challenges

When You’re Stumped, Don’t Quit

By Annette Rey

I believe when writers feel stagnant they are giving up just before the next step they should take. Inventive exercises with words can make the light bulb flash in a writer’s head like a Broadway show neon marquee. Take that next step and see what can happen for you.

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Counterclockwise Challenge

Descriptive Speaking

By Annette Rey

Here’s another way to exercise your brain – and your writing skill – with a stimulating writing challenge.

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Elevator Pitch Challenge

Writers Engage!

By Annette Rey

What is an Elevator Pitch? It is your fifty-word presentation attempt to sell your book limited by the small time period of an elevator ride. Can you convince someone you just met that your book is worth buying? Be prepared with an already polished Elevator Pitch that declares why a buyer should own your book.

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Character Challenge, Part One

An Exercise Worth Doing, Part I

By Annette Rey

Are you having trouble building variations into each of your characters? Do they resemble more wax figures than thinking/feeling human beings? Major characters (MC) should be recognizable by your readers as they read the individual differences you have written into them. If you are having trouble in this area, and even if you think you are not, engaging in the following exercise will improve your work in this area.

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