Do you have a Favorite Creative Writing Exercise?

101-best-inspirational-quotes-for-entrepreneursSeeking Writing Exercises for Creative Writing book!

I am gathering together some great authors for the Creative Writing Exercises book, Breaking Boundaries: Creative Writing Advice & Exercises.
 
Thank you to these indie authors for agreeing to contribute their advice and favorite exercises:

Sean Platt, co-author of Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, Z2134, Available Darkness, ForNevermore, and Monstrous

D.T. Dyllin, author of the P. J. Stone Gates Trilogy (Hidden Gates, Broken Gates, Open Gates)

Joseph Turkot, author of Black Hull, The Rain, The Snow, Neighborhood Watch, and the Darkin Saga

Susan Weidener, author of Again in a Heartbeat

David Forsyth, author of the Sovereign Spirit Saga and Sedulity (#1 best seller in Amazon Sea Adventures!)

Want to join us? We are looking for teachers and indie authors to contribute writing advice, self-publishing advice, and creative writing exercises in ALL writing genres. Submissions can be just a short paragraph (see samples below) or they can be longer with a sample of your work included.

Deadline for submissions is May 16, 2014.

All contributors will be compensated with a free digital copy of the book and a chance to market your work through this publication and Karenzo Media’s website.

Email your submission to karenzomedia@gmail.com

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SAMPLE EXERCISES

Fred Black, student/aspiring scholar of the real world
I heard a good one not too long ago. Open a book, magazine, etc. to a random page. Place your finger randomly on any two words and write something that would bridge those two words as best as possible.

Dianne G. Sagan, hybrid author, speaker – facilitator for writers workshops and conferences, women’s conference speaker
I have taught a short story class and one of the things I did was rewrite a familiar fairy tale and put it in contemporary times. Something else is that the group chose five random words. All the words had to be included in the story. When they came back to class and shared, we had twelve totally different stories, six different genres, and all five words included in each story. 

Betty Dolphin, published author
Go outside and hug a tree. If you can’t find a tree to hug, remove your shoes and walk outside in the dirt/sand/etc. Think about every detail as you hug or walk barefoot. Now, write down what you physically felt (textures, odors, etc.). Drop down a line and write down how you felt (emotionally). Drop down another line and start with ‘What if’… Don’t worry about punctuation at the moment but remember not to be a grammar psycho (example: I like eating grandma and my cat). This exercise can be done with just about anything.

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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