Weekly Writing Exercise: Fantastical Fantasies

A day late, a dollar short as the saying goes. Although I’m a day late on this post, I don’t believe I’m a dollar short. Maybe a lot more than a dollar, but we’ll table that discussion for another day! My schedule was thrown off this week with having Monday off for MLK Day and so today feels like a Wednesday, even though it’s not.

But anyway, enough about me. If you’re reading this post, odds are it’s because you’re looking for a reason to write and not write at the same time. Don’t worry, I get you. You know you need to write today, you don’t know about what, so why not read a blog that tells you to and gives you ideas? Hopefully, it’ll also get you motivated to do the writing after you read it.

So this week I’m focusing in a bit on having the writing exercise focus around one genre. In a past post, I encouraged everyone to try and write a story outside of the genre they usually work in, knowing how challenging that can be. Well this week, I want to see you produce one work inside of one genre.

If you couldn’t guess by the title, that genre is fantasy. I myself don’t work to heavily in it, preferring to read and write science fiction and horror, but I do love watching it. There is just something about a world or realm ripe with monsters and adventure that can just lure me in.

So this week I’m calling on you to do the same! It’s time to create that adventure into a fantastical world full of beasts and creatures. One that is ripe with magic and full of princes or princesses to save. Create one where dragons destroy taverns because they’re jerks and goblins get the girls, because who doesn’t love a strange love story?

This exercise doesn’t need to be long or extremely well written, remember, it is practice after all. I’m certainly not expecting you to pull a Tolkien and create an entire language and map before starting (unless that’s your thing, then go for it!). Simply write a short story, poem, or whatever other medium you work in, that involves a fantasy world.

Once you finish, if you’re proud of your work, then keep going! Give it a few rounds of editing. Clean that new piece of art up and find a place to submit it! Regardless, if there is one thing to take away from this prompt, it’s this: WRITE.

That’s all for this week. Check out the bottom of my page to find me on social media where Facebook gets a heavy helping of writing memes, Twitter gets conversations with me whether you like it or not, and Instagram shows you my struggle to use that platform no matter how hard I try.

Weekly Writing Exercise: Social Media

It’s finally back! That’s right, the weekly writing prompt. Sorry for the delay this week, I had planned on putting it out Wednesday but life happened and so the writing got pushed to today.

So if you couldn’t guess, this week’s writing prompt is centered around social media. Lately I’ve been thinking about getting into the market to find an agent for my book and eventually the full length novel I’m working on.

While doing this, I began doing research into what agent’s tend to look for, specifically with writer’s that have already self-published a book but are thinking about switching to a traditional route. One of the things that I found in my research is that some agents like seeing a good social media presence and a strong following before signing authors.

Now this isn’t something ALL of them look for, but nevertheless, it was something that I felt I should try and do. As I assume many of us do in this modern time, we like to fill those small moments of nothingness with something to do, and that something is usually social media.

So this writing prompt isn’t so much any one thing in particular like my past ones, but generally a much larger call to arms to practice your writing on your social media pages. If you don’t have any or are missing some majors one, now is a great time to sign up and practice. Here are a few things you can do to start:

First, make sure you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and I’d even suggest Reddit. With Facebook, an official author page can go a long way to distance yourself from your personal page. Twitter is a great place to meet a writing community and discuss ongoing work, as is Reddit. In addition, Reddit has some great threads to post short stories for people to read and interact with. Finally, posting Instagram photos can help build an audience.

So for this week, the writing exercise is to practice using your social media. Whether it’s crafting something fun to read for followers on Facebook, a #vss365 on Twitter, a photo on Instagram with an amazing caption, or posting a story or giving feedback on Reddit, do something to start broadening your social media scope.

A little bit of house keeping as well: With these weekly writing exercises, I generally won’t be writing my own response and posting them anymore. As much as I enjoyed doing this, I have several other projects that I will be working on instead. However, this week is an exception. Earlier today I posted on Instagram (which is surprisingly where I struggle to post the most) and had a lot of fun writing a short story going along with my photo. You can find it here. I had a blast doing it and may continue that trend.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s post. Have a great weekend and happy writing!