Exercising Your Inner Writer

United States
February 7, 2007 3:24pm CST
HOw do you exercise your skills as a writer? Do you practice? Do you write a lot? Do you try challenges and exercises?
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@inked4life (4228)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Back when I used to write a lot, there were a couple of things I used to do. I would take 4 completely random objects and would have to somehow tie them together into a coherent story. I also kept a drunk journal. Whenever I came home drunk I would write whatever was in my head at that time and actually came up with some amazing (andsometimes) scary ideas from what I had written there.
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@grayangel (274)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I do not do any of that. I just write when I want to. Writing is an art and it must come from the soul. It can be learned but only to a extent. Really good writing come for your soul.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I used the believe that before I went to college. I actually didn't want to go to college for years because I believed that writing was a talent, something writers were born with, not something that could be taught in a classroom. I learned a great deal while I was getting my bachelor's in creative writing, and I learned that you can improve as a writer through practice, workshop, exercises and critique. It takes practice to learn to write a well-crafted sestina in iambic pentameter. Now I take on challenges all the time, and I've had some pretty nice short stories come out of those exercises. Things that might not have ever sparked my creative interest if I hadn't tried them.