Want to be a better writer? Resolve to write! Writing regularly is the single most important thing you can do to improve your craft. After all, practice does make perfect. Of course, this obvious answer is easier said than done. The muse is notoriously fickle, and half of just about anyone’s dedicated writing time gets compromised by a lack of inspiration, by more “important” things to do (dinner, laundry, work…), and by the lure of the ever-present internet.
So, this year, to help make resolving to write easier, I’ve pulled together 52 writing exercises inspired by some of my favorite books. Each of these is intended to go from one paragraph to around a page, and there are 52 of them so that you, too, can write every week. Remember, these are just writing exercises—if you want to turn them into a full-length project, please make sure you’re not violating any copyrights.
Happy New Year, and most importantly, happy writing!
Week 1: Write a haunting description of the eldritch beauty of an abandoned elf kingdom. (Inspired by The Lord of the Rings)
Week 2: Write a page of dialogue between a dying but powerful dragon and the boy who stumbled into his lair in search of something with which to save his people. (Inspired by The Riftwar Saga)
Week 3: Write a fight scene between a priest wielding a holy spiked chain and a vampire. (Inspired by Realms of the Dead)
Week 4: Write a humorous scene about a warrior who is brave in battle getting all nervous when getting her ears pierced in preparation for a ball. (Inspired by Song of the Lioness Quartet)
Week 5: Write a description of a macabre party in the catacombs under Paris. (Inspired by Revolution)