I don’t care if you never do another writing exercise in your life, you must go to Mots Justes and choose one of these exercises:
Pick one of these writing exercises and apply the exercise to a scene in your current work in progress, then come back to helluo librorum and post it here. Or if you already have a scene in your current work in progress that you feel applies to one of these exercises, post it here. Be sure to tell us which exercise applies to the scene the you have chosen.
I have another scene with my antagonist, Catarina, and I’ve had difficulties jumpstarting the scene to evoke just the right mood. So I’m going to use the following exercise from Part VII — “The Damned:” Describe any conventionally genteel ritual—a game, a ceremony, a celebration—and render it ugly and/or grotesque, without using those words.
Here’s a chance to showcase some of your work with a link back to your blog and have a little fun, too. As soon as I’ve finished my Catarina scene, I’m going to post her here.
Even if you don’t want to join in the fun here at helluo librorum, print these “Film and Approaches to Writing” exercises to keep by your side when writing. Writing exercises are wonderful tools that will strengthen your writing skills. If none of these exercises tickled your fancy, jump over to Mots Justes every Wednesday for the Wednesday Writing Exercise.
Thank you, Annlee Ellingson, for sharing these with us on your blog. As for everyone else: go, pick an exercise, and come back here to show us your stuff!