Top 9 Creative Writing Warm-up Exercises

Why writing warm-ups matter?

1. Letter to a (insert relevant state) self

2. Answer a question

  • Why do you really need to start writing right now?
  • Is there anything else you can do?
  • What is the purpose of this exercise?
  • Why bother answering this question?
  • Why bother answering this question after this question is the same as the previous? And so on and so forth.

3. Write about things around you

4. Write about writing

5. Do a freestyle roundabout

  1. a timer (Egg timer may help);
  2. to avoid stopping for too long (The most dangerous app may help);

6. Rewriting

7. Dance around the words

  1. take a dictionary;
  2. select several words (20–50) at random;
  3. write the text around them as if they were the keywords.

8. Automatic Writing

9. Make a Found Poem

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