I pulled this list of writing exercises off of J.C. Hewitt’s website http://www.poewar.com. To honor the author’s wishes I will only post each exercise on the day I do the exercise, and you can find the whole list at http://www.poewar.com/fifteen-craft-exercises-for-writers/. Let’s all try these!
1. “Pick ten people you know and write a one-sentence description for each of them. ” (Hewitt)
a. My mother is a classically beautiful woman who looks years younger than she is.
b. My father is a people-person who is both dynamic and charming.
c. Dwight is the most likeable person you’ll ever meet, but I am his biggest fan.
d. Katie has no idea how brilliant she really is, but one day she will find out and then we’ll all be in trouble.
e. My cousin Melissa has a wonderful sense of humor; a trait that comes in handy when you teach first grade.
f. My friend Johanna is probably the smartest person I’ve ever met.
g. Blessed with the gift of gab and true comic timing, most of the time I don’t care whether or not Kevin is telling the truth or using original material.
h. Lori Jo has the patience of a saint.
i. Dale has a heart bigger than most people’s.
j. I know myself, I just wish I liked myself better.