Over time, I’ve developed and sometimes shamelessly “stolen” from another writer (but I always credit the source) a series of exercises designed to jumpstart my lazy lizard brain. These tricks and methods help me write and sell stories. I run a series of interactive writing workshops with these very exercises and that they helped hundreds of new writers get their start.
These methods might help you write awesome stories and sell them. If that happens, feel free to dedicate a story to me. However, I should warn you that these exact methods and exercises might not work for you. That’s OK. The point of this workshop is to learn from what others do and see if you can forge your own way to wordsmithing glory.
Warning: These exercises presume that you have a basic understanding of the English language, common terms and conceits, and that you own your own copy of The Elements of Style by Shrunk and White.