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Writing Exercise Generator

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
    1. Characterization
    2. Description of setting and characters
    3. Senses
    4. Character development and motivation
    5. Plot
    6. Subtext
    7. Dramatic tension
    8. Scene Intentions
  • Scene Types, roll a d10, reroll on 10
    1. Prologue
    2. First scene
    3. Contemplative scenes
    4. Suspense scenes
    5. Dialogue scenes
    6. Flashback scenes
    7. Climactic scenes
    8. Epiphany scenes
    9. Final scene
  • Launches, roll a d4
    1. Character
    2. Narrative
    3. Setting
    4. Action

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.

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