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guinevererobin
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Does anyone have any good ideas for short writing exercises (aimed at creating fiction)? I need something to break my long streak of writer's block.

The one I do have to recommend is actually something that can be submitted, albeit to an e-zine; it's "thefirstline.com" where they give you a first line and all the submissions must begin with it. the next deadline is August 1st, and it's "Carl once complained there were not enough _____ in the world." It can be entertaining and personally I like ending up with a product I can try submitting. [Smile]

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Some famous writer (Twain?) said that copying is the mark of a mediocre writer, theft is the mark of a great one. Go to your bookshelf and pick a book you really enjoyed and purloin a few letters. I've done exercises like that where I've gone to both literature and, er, not so literature...
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