Category Archive: creative writing exercises

Apr 22

Alternate Lives

What am I doing in my alternate lives? I’m a ballet dancer. I have the naturally thin build and the determination to perfect. I love classical music, although I know ballet doesn’t always have to be classic. I like the idea of having a strong body and moving beautifully. I’m a gymnast. When I was …

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Mar 18

More Than Angels

WARNING Trigger Alert   I remember the joy. I was finally old enough to take a bath on my own. I had washed my hair and underarms and private parts. The water was still warm, and I felt playful. I swooshed like a dolphin playing in the waves, curling up small, then blasting off, jettisoning …

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Feb 26

Five Years to Live

I lie in the bathtub, running warm water over my naked body. I try to calm my breathing, imagining myself sinking into the warmth and simply drifting away. I clutch a razor blade in my hand. It has been sitting in the medicine cabinet, lying flat against the shelf, unnoticed by anyone but me, for …

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Oct 09

Secret Lies

Try this writing exercise from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg: Take a poetry book (or look online). Open to any page, grab a line, write it down, and continue from there. Every time you get stuck, just rewrite your line and keep going. My attempt is from Maya Angelou’s poem, Phenomenal Woman. Pretty …

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Sep 08

Loved Moment Talked Some to Eyes!

Hand and Nib Pen Stock 2 by austringer on deviantART   Try this writing exercise with me, from Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Take one of your most boring pieces of writing. Choose three or four consecutive sentences and write them at the top of the page. “You would think they would hesitate …

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Oct 11

Once Upon A Time…

For Friday Flash, I decided to do something a little differently. I’m asking you to help me come up with my prompts. I would like you to leave a comment and tell me how you met me — but I want you to LIE. That’s right, just make it up. Then, I’ll take your comments …

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Jul 26

Lab Notes

Biomedical Innovations Center Effects of Recidivism in Death Row Populations: Preliminary Research to Determine Biomedical Interventions Dr. David Sakks, Principal Research Scientist Lab Notes Date May 16, 2023 Grant approved. Death row inmates currently 10,379, more than tripled in the last decade. Focusing on California, the state with the largest number, currently 2,367. Excellent population …

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