Creative Writing Exercises For Beginners
Summarize it (say what happened briefly) using this formula:“[Somebody] wanted…but…so…”Confused?
Here’s what it looks like in action:“Bruce Wayne wanted to save Gotham but supervillains were trying to destroy it, so he trained hard and became Batman.”Recognize that story?
In English, this is called “playing devil’s advocate.” That’s when you take a side you don’t actually believe in, just to see an issue from a different point of view.
What you’ll learn: Aside from teaching an English skill, this exercise teaches a life skill, empathy.
Encourage readers to point out any mistakes you made. You can also use this random image generator or browse Pinterest for ideas.
Grab the closest magazine to you and choose a random picture. What you’ll learn: We use descriptions in our daily life all the time: “I’m tired.” “Her dress is so stylish.” “This mocha tastes amazing.” Descriptions like these are used often in conversational English!
For example, if you’re writing an email about a party, it will be easier for you to pick out the most important parts.
You can also improve your reading comprehension with this summarization method.
Have some fun with it and try to get the finished story to make sense.
Aside from that, doing this exercise is a great way to learn how to express opinions in English.
It might also get you using words you would not normally use, since you’re speaking from a different perspective. An idiom is a saying that doesn’t actually mean what it says.
For example, “it’s raining cats and dogs” doesn’t mean animals are really falling from the sky (it just means it’s raining very hard).
A cliché is an extremely overused saying or phrase that’s used so often it’s not original anymore.