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Exercise: Rhyme Time

As writers, part of what we do makes mundane moments come to life. There’s any number of ways we do this—through lyrical prose, imaginative comparison and even through the length and variation of our sentences. Strengthening those three components isn’t always easy though, which is why you might want to consider stepping outside of your normal paragraph style writing.

As an exercise: Write a ten-line free form poem about your story. This might focus on a specific character, a memorable setting, or even a specific moment. Let yourself play with rhymes, line breaks and even syllables. See what comes out!  

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Exercise: Vocabulary

As a writer, you’re always searching for the best word. Word choice is probably one of the most important tools you can develop. It helps when you have plenty of words to choose from. The best way to give yourself those choices is to develop your vocabulary.

As an exercise: find a vocab list of words you don’t use often or don’t know and write a story. You can check out places like Vocabulary.com, RandomWordGenerator.com or WordCounter.net to get a list of words to get you started. Try to use every word on your list to make a short story.