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Creative Writing Exercise – Missing – A Teen Vigilante Story

Here’s a creative writing exercise that can help you dig deep into emotional turmoil, hone your descriptive writing skills and maybe come up with a great book idea to publish.

Creative Writing Exercise – Missing!

A teenage girl goes missing, on the way home from school, and turns up six months later. She has  very little memory of the past six months. She tries to convince her family she was kidnapped, but they continue to believe she ran away.

Her family puts her in a mental hospital, because she won’t give up on the crazy idea that the government kidnapped her.

Once her head clears she starts to remember things. She’s even more convinced she was kidnapped by the government and experimented on. Brainwashing techniques, drugs, etc. She breaks out to hunt down the people who kidnapped her.

Some questions to get you started. You can always think of more as the idea takes hold.

  • What kind of memories does she have about the abduction?
  • What kinds of things were done to her?
  • Is this a sinister group or a cult?

This creative writing prompt could be a story about a badass teen vigilante or renegade who seeks justice for herself. Perhaps in her quest she realizes other girls have been taken, so she goes on a renegade mission to free them. Maybe several of them band together and become crime fighters—modern day heroes.

Tweet: #writingprompt – Teen Vigilante – https://ctt.ec/e5GNi+

Be sure to put a lot of emotion into this story. Emotion is what propels a character. It’s also what compels a reader to keep reading. This is good writing practice for adding an emotional punch into your writing.

Check out my post on why you should use creative writing prompts.

If you’ve enjoyed this creative writing exercise, feel free to leave a comment below. I’d love to know how this helped you in your writing.

All the best,
Patti Stafford

Descriptive Writing Exercise – Sound/Hearing

In this section we’re going to cover sound. The actual sense is hearing, but it takes sound, or something making noise, for us to hear.

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Sounds can be hard to convey in writing. We all know something can hit the floor with a thud or a squeaky hinge can make a screeching sound. But what else is there?

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The sound of waves crashing against the shoreline, birds singing or chirping. Many of these tend to be overused, but sometimes there’s simply no easy way to describe sounds without using the old familiar stand-by words.

Exercise 1:

Write a scary scene describing the sounds someone might encounter when they’re scared, or running from something. Good backdrops are the woods or an old abandoned building.

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Exercise 2:

Write a calm and peaceful scene describing the sounds someone might hear at the beach, or on the playground, or at a family reunion.

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Example:

Dried leaves crunched underfoot as I made my way through the woods. It was hard to be quiet in a forest in late fall. In spring and summer you hear the chirps of birds, the occasional bark of a squirrel because you’ve disturbed him, and sometimes it’s simply the silence.

In fall, the squirrels are foraging through the dead, dried leaves to find nuts, the birds aren’t so cheerful. You know the sound of winter is coming on. The cold sound of nature sleeping, as if it’s barely alive, with slow, shallow breaths of hibernation. Fall is alive with the popping, snapping, chomping sounds one makes just by walking.

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Descriptive words to consider using:

  • Bawling
  • Hissing
  • Rapping
  • Squawking
  • Whining
  • Muttering
  • Rustling

Read all the posts under the descriptive writing category by clicking this link.

Happy Writing!
Patti

Creative Writing Exercise – Alien Checkers

You’re abducted by aliens, but instead of poking and prodding you, they merely want to play a game of checkers.

  • Where did the aliens come from?
  • What is so intriguing to them about playing checkers?
  • Who else have they abducted?
  • What happens to those who can’t play checkers?
  • Describe their planet or space ship.
  • Do the aliens play fair or do they cheat?

 

Happy Writing!
Patti

Creative Writing Exercise – Fishing Bear

This could be a good description piece.
A bear keeps trying to catch a fish in the stream. The fish swims off a few feet, turns around and laughs at the bear.

This happens several times.

The bear gets angry at first, but after 3 or 4 times he gets his feelings hurt and questions his ability to provide food.

Try two approaches with this one.

First, write it as a comedy. Add in some silly antics of the bear and the fish.

Second, write it as an emotional piece while describing the poor bear’s despair.

  • How does it turn out?
  • Will the fish sacrifice himself for the bear in the end, or help him to catch other fish?

Happy Writing!
Patti

Descriptive Writing Exercise – Sight

Many writers use visualizations in their writing very well. Some of us still struggle with describing a room, a piece of fruit, or a sunset. We either go overboard or don’t use the right words. For this exercise, I want you to go through the descriptive word lists and pick out at least ten words that can be used to describe something visually. Choose ten that you don’t normally use. You will go overboard with this writing exercise, just like in all of them. You can go back later and edit if you’d like, but for the sake of practice, get it all out.

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Exercise 1:

Take your list of ten words, go to a room in your home or go outside, whichever you prefer, and start writing about the things around you.

You don’t want to tell the reader what the character sees, you want to show them.

Telling them: The coffee pot was half full of coffee. John needed coffee to revive himself in his bleak surroundings.

Showing them: The clear carafe displayed the rich darkness of his caffeine fix. The fix he needed so desperately. His bleak surroundings, in this hazy gray hospital corridor, had left him with a feeling of sunken-ness.

Exercise 2:

Describe a tree in a field. A fence runs along the tree line at the far edge.

Example:

Ahead of me I could see an open field. I fought my way through the thick underbrush until I was finally free. A gentle breeze stirred long-stemmed red and yellow flowers into a rhythmic dance. In the midst of the blanket of color stood a lone tree, it’s branches reaching out in all directions, also swaying to the soft hum of the windsong. In the distance, far beyond the tree at the wood line, stood an old wooden fence, broken in places, left there long ago by some farmer.

Exercise 3:

Go to my Pinterest Board for some great visuals you can write descriptions about: http://www.pinterest.com/pattistafford/writing-the-senses/

Example using the steak dinner from this post and adding some elements of sight to it:

I sat down to a fat, juicy ribeye steak dinner cooked to perfection. I took a few moments to enjoy how wonderful the slab of meat looked, the juices underneath were just the perfect tint of reddish brown. The green of the creamed spinach looked tantalizing next to the meat, laid out in an appealing manner on a white plate trimmed in gold. That first bite was bursting with flavor sending my tongue into a frenzy. The steak melted like butter in my mouth. I wanted every bite to last a lifetime. I’ve never had creamed spinach so good. I didn’t think I would even like this dish, but it was so delicious I’ll never think of it the same way again.

Descriptive words to consider using:

  • Abrasive
  • Bright
  • Cracked
  • Dark
  • Leathery
  • Pointed

Read all the posts under the descriptive writing category by clicking this link.

Happy Writing!
Patti

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