That's right, exercise. I know for many of you, myself included, exercise is a "four-letter" word. However, like so many not so fun things, it's become a necessary evil. In fact, I'm in the process of making it an important part of my daily routine. As I type this, I rejoice I don't have to lift my arms and that only my fingers have to move right now:-)
Just as our bodies need exercise, so do our creative muscles. So today, let's give them a good working out. Here's some ideas...
Write something for one of our flash fiction contests. You can find the guidelines here. This month it's not really flash or fiction so check it out. Everyone has a "true-life" experience to share.
Write in a different genre than you normally do. For example, write romance? Why not try mystery or horror?
Don't do nonfiction? Give it a try...you may like it. Write about something that happened during your childhood or something you saw on your way to town not long ago.
Workout at the mall or shopping center. Listen to conversations around you or people watch. Try to decide the occupations of those who pass by. That scruffy looking guy in overalls...the ones with that dark stain on the pants leg...is it blood or ??? Why does that guy wearing the expensive suit and tie have seriously scuffed shoes? And where is that woman going in such a hurry?
Browse greeting cards and pick several with interesting pictures on the front. Use them as story settings. I've included a pix above. Decide who lives behind the fence and is the fence keeping someone in or others out.
Glance at the headlines of the newspaper. No telling what may jump out at you.
There are so many ways to exercise your creative muscles. I've only listed a few so let us know your favorite ways to workout those muscles. Don't let life get in the way of your creativity:-)
Now that you've warmed up reading this blog...go workout!