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



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

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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