It’s probably a little tougher these days to get some writing done; but difficult doesn’t necessary mean impossible. Stay the course to your mission and passion—plus do these fun writing activities—and you’ll be writing beautiful prose in no time.
- Rewrite a favorite piece of writing. This is a go-to for me as a writer, because it reminds me of words, the beauty of words and how they flow, and the capacity they have to heal and restore us—especially when it’s writing from a time or place or even person that’s inspirational to us.
- Read a guilty pleasure. There was a time a few years ago, when I had my son, that I got really into romance novels. The romance novels you’ll find in a Walgreen or CVS and went only with the “bestseller” tag on the cover. I had no idea who the authors were at the time, but found myself drawn to their work, and returning to read more. I was reading during my maternity leave approximately one book per week. The genre was new to me, exciting and even reminded me of most miraculously ways stories find a way into our live; down aisles and even stores we never expected. Pleasure and finding the good in life is a Libra specialty, so it’s only right that we share more tips aligned with that sign.
- Create a collage of your best writing hits. Vision boards and collages are great art escapes for writers. It allows us to be visual in different ways; expressing a much needed aspect of writing and being creative through the use of images and how others view the world. Create a collage to explore news scenes that you’re working on, or to imagine new worlds and ideas.
- Create a homemade journal. This little fun craft isn’t just unique to school-aged, elementary school kids. Try creating a cover page for a new journal and staple a few empty white sheets. Then write of your adventures. Maybe you can observe the skies for a few nights and write about your findings. This could be a daytime activity, too. See what other movements and scenes you can explore through your window (a swaying tree, tumbling leaves) or if going on a local hike.
- Write about a traumatic experience, then compare to a highlight experience. As writers we often focus on specific highlights of our lives, the traumas and experiences we can still vividly recount with details. Think back on a beautiful moment you experienced; one you probably told yourself of how great it was and how you’re glad you’re experiencing it. (We often are so caught up in those, too.) Describe the details of that experience. What were you wearing, whether shorts because it was hot or a winter coat? Who else was there and did you notice the same joy and excitement in their faces, too?