Weekly Writing Exercise: School

Hello and welcome to that time of the week where I tell you to write stuff! That’s right, it’s the weekly writing prompt. I know, I know, it’s a fan favorite and that’s why I continue to put them out.

So living in a college town and working at a school, one thing I’ve been hearing a lot about lately is how school will be resuming soon. For a lot of people, this seems like a very exciting time, good or bad.

So in honor of school starting back up, I decided to make this week’s writing prompt all about school. As usual, you’re encouraged to write in any format you would like. Whether it’s poetry, non-fiction, or fiction, always make sure to be writing to hone your craft.

Now some of you may be thinking “Ty, I haven’t been in a school for years, how am I going to do this one?” Well that’s a great question reader! If you haven’t been in a school for several years and not sure what its like, do some research.

Yes, I said research. Believe it or not, most of the writing you love involves some sort of research. Whether it’s doing a quick google to check and make sure a scene is written properly, or pouring over books to make sure you’re an expert in the area you’re writing, research is always important.

With that being said, get to writing! If you loved school, write a poem about what it meant for you to attend. If you currently work in a school, write some non-fiction describing what it’s like for the average teacher. If you didn’t enjoy school at all, make up a story showing just how awful it was.

As I do with all these prompts, I insist that at the end of the day just write something. When you’re done, either comment on this post or whatever social media outlet you’ve seen this on, and let me see what you wrote!

Happy writing.

Weekly Writing Exercise: Something New

Hello fellow writer’s and welcome to Tuesday’s Weekly Writing Prompt! As always, I’m here to encourage you to make sure that you’re writing everyday. Not only is practicing writing a good habit, but will also make you better at it in the long run. That and reading, reading is also important. But I digress.

For this week’s writing prompt, I thought I would issue a challenge over something to practice with. I feel that it’s always best to try and find ways to improve your writing. Obviously, reading and practicing as I stated above will go a long way, but that isn’t the only thing you should be doing.

So here is my challenge: Break from your usual routines and read and write something unique and different. I’m talking a whole new genre for you. Many of us writer’s find ourselves in niches, certain genres and writing styles we love, and don’t worry because I’m one of those writer’s. If you check out my book, A Monstrous Tomorrow, you’ll quickly see my influence from H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and more.

There is good reason those influences show up too: it’s because it’s the genre I love to read. Even looking at the bottom of the page you’ll see on my Goodreads that I’m currently reading more Lovecraft, some Neil deGrasse Tyson for science, and Leviathan Wakes for my science fiction. These just happen to be the genres I love and so I constantly look to them for inspiration.

However, just like I stated in my challenge, we as writer’s need to be able to work outside of the genres we love. That’s why I’ll also read books like I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, or Total Frat Move, both of which are comedies about college party life. Is this a lifestyle I personally lived? No. Is it one I wish I lived? Probably not. However, the books are comical to read and give insight into an area that I don’t know well and can transition into my own work.

So this week, first go out there and try to find a short creative work in a genre that’s new to you. It could be erotica, if you’re in the mood for that, or maybe a romance piece. Maybe you’ve stayed away from the horror genre because you’re worried reading it will make it hard for you to sleep, well just read it during the day! Find something outside of your comfort zone and just read it.

Then, once you’re done reading, I highly suggest trying to imitate the work you read and write in that genre. Even if you have a manuscript or a small piece you’re working on, you never know how this study and practice of a new genre may help you. Do you feel like two of your characters may fall in love? Then read a romance and see how an author handled a scene like that. Maybe you’re planning on having a character do something in the realm of science. Perfect! Read some science fiction and see how those authors handle science and then write it your way.

This week’s prompt is fun and easy. Find a new genre. Read the new genre. Write in new genre.

Simple. See you tomorrow with mine.