Change the ending
back to a movie or book ending that you were dissapointed
with. Rewrite the ending trying to keep the characters
and situation consistent with the the original.
a place in which to listen to people conversing. This
can be your home, a coffee shop, or a bus stop. Do
try to find a place where you can write unobserved.
Listen to the what people say as they are talking
to one another for five minutes. Did they use complete
sentences or fragments of sentences? What was their
meaning and intent? Was there emotion behind what
was said? What would you guess is the relationship
of the speakers? Did the speakers use gestures? Can
you capture this conversation on paper?
can also be done while waiting in line somewhere -
just not with paper. The point is to listen and observe.
5 minute exercise
Find a picture that stimulates or excites your imagination.
2. Study it for no longer than 5 mins.
3. Start to write about the picture. Think about the
scenery, the people depicted. Who are they, what are
they doing, why? How did they get there, where are
they going? Describe them. Why do they wear their
hair like that? Do those shiny boots mean something
special to them? What are their names? What are they
4. Keep going. Don't stop to think, but let the words
flow out of you. It doesn't matter what you write
at this stage, the idea is to just write. Don't wait
until you know what you are going to say about a picture.
Look at the picture closely, mentally note the smallest
details, then write, write, write. Don't be afraid
to start while your mind is still blank - it is the
act of writing that generates ideas, not the other
5. Usually after about 15 mins you will find ideas
and thoughts coming out that you didn't know you had.
This is the magic starting to work. Don't stop. Carry
on and enjoy!