Improving as a writer is all about practice. That’s why it has been said that you write a million words of crap before you write anything really good. After being involved in writing groups and online communities, I’ve come across quite a few little exercises that have helped me with my writing. Here are a few.
The Inanimate Object
This is about getting into the mind of your character, with a bit of a twist. You pick an inanimate object – a wine bottle, an old mobile phone in the back of someone’s drawer, a broken sign post, an apple in a fruit bowl – and you tell a story from the point of view of that object. What does it want? What thoughts and feelings might it have about its situation? What does it hope humans will do?