Have you ever tried
group writing exercises?
The idea behind using creative group writing exercises is to unleash the power of your writing and move past your writer's block. It is just one other way to allow the world around you to shape what you write. Everyone's different perspectives and noting of various types of details will prove fruitful as you dissect everyone's writing and find the pieces that work best for you as you continue on your writing journey.
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The first step is to form a creative writing group. It can consist of other writers, or it may only consist of some friends and family members that are willing to test out their writing prowess in a group setting. You can sit down with your children, your parents, your brothers or sisters, or anyone else whom you think will engage fully in the group dynamic. A great scenario may consist of people of all different ages, so that a bit of child creative writing can mesh with adult creative writing. Seeing where the combination of these two spots on the age spectrum coincide may prove to create the most powerful creative writing, as it will consist of different forms of imagination.
One intriguing, creative group writing exercise is to sit in a circle or around a kitchen table, for instance. Everyone at the table can be given a creative writing story starter, story ender, or maybe even just a theme or basic idea for what to write. They may be told it has to be in story form, poetic form, or some other form. Or, you can have everyone in the creative writing group come up with their own prompt.
The creative writing challenge here is that everyone can only spend a set amount of time writing in this group writing exercise. Let's say everyone begins their story or poem by writing for five minutes. After those five minutes are up, everyone has to transfer their beginning to the person to their right (you can have them pass to the left if you'd like, but for our purposes, we'll go with the right). Everyone will read the beginning of the story that was written by the person that handed it to them, and then they will write for five minutes. So, giving everyone six or seven minutes total to have enough time to read and then write their own continuation seems sufficient.
This process should continue until everyone has done some of this creative group writing exercise. The end of the story should be written by the person who started it, so everyone in the middle must realize that they should be continuing the story and leading up to a conclusion, but not ending it themselves. The person who began the story should be able to conclude the story without having to write themselves silly coming up with a ridiculous ending just to finish it all.
By the end, depending on how many people you have in your creative writing group, you will have met a great creative writing challenge. You will have a story, poem, or other piece of writing penned by numerous people. Make copies of it. Have someone read it out loud so that everyone can hear the finished product. Ask everyone what their thinking was that made them continue the story in a certain way. Let their thoughts stimulate you and encourage your writing. Maybe you will integrate ideas from this story into your own individual writing. Maybe someone used one word that you would have never thought to use, but now that you saw it in the story, you feel it is a perfect fit for your own writing.
Be inspired. Be creative. Be stimulated and stimulate others with your thoughts and ideas. Incorporate a variety of writing techniques to make everyone's job a bit easier as they write their portion of the story. By including more details in your portion of the writing, everyone else will hopefully gain more of a sense of how they should continue the story in a similar vein.
Here are some creative writing story starters to pass around in your group. You may just choose to use them for yourself, as well. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy the different paths that your writing can take depending on how you interpret a word, a line, a quote, or any other part of the writing process.
1. "I think a spaceship just landed in that field!"
2. "We, the jury, find the defendant...guilty."
3. When she returned home, the front door was open a crack and noises were coming from the basement.
4. I decided to play hooky from work today.
5. It wasn't going to be easy, but he had to confront her.
6. She had a feeling she was being watched.
7. All of a sudden, everything was in black and white.
8. It was just her luck...
9. He didn't know if he wanted to send the letter as he stood at the mailbox.
10. It was just then that the power went out.
See where group writing exercises can take you and your writing. Imagine the unimaginable, and soon you may just attain it!
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