Recently I have been inspired by my best friend, Brandon, to devote at least 1-2 hours a day to my writing. I’ve also realized that it is not enough to simply set aside time to write, but if I want mastery, I have to get in some focused practice. So, I have put together the below generator to allow me to randomly create a certain exercise to work on. Then I put on a 15 min timer and write. At the end, I have a little bit of flash fiction, and I evaluate how I did.
Check it out and feel free to use it! If you do, let me know how it goes:
Roll a dice (d) with the right number of sides for each category and write a scene focusing on those elements. You can find a dice roller here.
- Core Elements of A Scene, roll a d8
- Description of setting and characters
- Character development and motivation
- Dramatic tension
- Scene Intentions
- Scene Types, roll a d10, reroll on 10
- First scene
- Contemplative scenes
- Suspense scenes
- Dialogue scenes
- Flashback scenes
- Climactic scenes
- Epiphany scenes
- Final scene
- Launches, roll a d4
All of these prompts come from Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld, a really excellent and meaty book on writing scenes that I highly recommend.
I likely will be updating this with more prompts as I develop the routine, but so far it has been a wonderful way to do a workout or warm-up before diving into more writing.