Fantasy Writing Course

Empower Your Words Today

Creative Writing Exercise 3

Putting Pen to Paper for the First Time

This activity is designed to get you over the obstacle of writer’s block or free you from the ‘blank page’ syndrome.  If this is your first attempt at writing, you might be experiencing some doubt in your abilities.  But remember, even the great writers had to start somewhere—they weren’t born great.  They achieved success through practice and feedback.  Likewise, it is only the act of putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard that will enable you to hone your craft.

 

The most essential ingredient to getting over writers block is research.

 

If you feel confident that you can write, go ahead and describe a scene from your book.  If not, here are some questions to help you get started:

 Whose eyes are you looking through? Or, whose thoughts are you thinking?

  1. The main character—in which case you need to use either the ‘I’ or ‘he/she’ pronoun or person’s name when describing what happened.  (This point of view (POV) is used 99% of the time in the Harry Potter series.)
  2. A friend/mentor/secondary character—in which case the above still applies. (This POV is rarely shown in Harry Potter.)
  3. An omniscient narrator—we can see this POV in the first page of the first chapter of the Philosopher’s Stone.  (Notice the beautiful summary descriptions of the secondary characters.)


For more on point of view - click here.

     

    The second ingredient in overcoming writer's block is being in a relaxed state of mind with a high amount of positive motivation or passion.

     

    1. Now that you have established a point of view (POV), describe what you are seeing and hearing.  For instance, screams of excitement at a fairground, crashing waves on the seashore, the smell of a roast dinner wafting into the dining room as you sit drooling in anticipation? Who else is with you?  Are they sad, happy, angry or peaceful?  Why?
    2. Why is this scene important to your story?  How can you make it important?  Is it a trigger scene?  Is some vital information imparted to the reader?

    If you keep asking yourself questions like the ones above and following through with decisions, you need never run out of ideas.  Don’t forget the rule of cause and effect: it is the characters that drive the conflict because they have a need or a want.