Finding your own style and inspiration can be a frustrating process. Here are 10 ideas that will help you jump-start your creativity. Try them one at a time or all at once, but don’t spend too much time trying to be perfect. The goal isn’t to be flawless, but to go outside of your comfort zone and break bad writing habits. Enjoy!

  1. Flip the Script—Write a 5-sentence story in 1st person and then 3rd person.
  2. Paraphrase—Re-write a page from your favorite book in your own words.
  3. Learning Curve—Write a paragraph from the perspective of a child and adult.
  4. Detail-Oriented—Describe a person or place with as much detail as possible.
  5. Simplicity is Key—Describe the same person or place with minimal detail.
  6. Polar Opposites—Think of a favorite character. What would their evil twin be like?
  7. Red Fish, Blue Fish—Find something red and describe it as if it were blue.
  8. Circle of 5ths—Pick a sentence from a book or movie and re-write it 5 times.
  9. Based on a True Story—Take a recent news article and create a 100-word narrative.
  10. Anything You Can Do—Choose a horrible example of writing and make it better.

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