Writing exercises

Writing Exercises for Authors

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Writing Exercises Will Make You A Better Writer

The worst thing that can happen to a writer is to lose faith. Losing all hopes of finishing a story, a novel, establishing a career, landing an agent, etc. In this career, it’s absolutely vital to believe in your own skill set, otherwise, no one will believe in you.

One surefire way to keep your hopes high is to do what you need to be doing any chance you get: write. Even if you’re in between projects, you can keep writing by using things like writing exercises. Think of prompts and how that gets you inspired. Think of the things that lead to stories in your mind.

Here is a list of a few places to find writing exercises, so you don’t have to do as much research (if any).

Writer’s Digest

Looking for 12 days worth of writing exercises to get you inspired? Writer’s Digest, one of the most popular writing websites in the industry, has you covered. Exercises include writing about your writing career goals, rewriting fairytales, and even eavesdropping in a public place. Just remember, this list is meant to be done in a span of 12 days, so it’s almost like a mini workshop!

Write to Done

Write to Done is a website that encourages and helps writers actually finish their projects, whether it’s short stories or novels. They share tips on writing fiction and nonfiction and cater to all kinds of writers.

Here, they’ve lined up ten entertaining exercises writers that any skill level can accomplish. Exercises include opening your dusty dictionary, to writing about “firsts” (first kiss, first pet, first anything).

The Write Practice

Known for their informative articles and writing exercises, The Write Practice has another list of ten of writing exercises to try out. These are a little trickier than the ones from Write to Done, but that’s only because they aim to inform you of the right and wrong way of using things (nor versus or). Then they test your knowledge. If you’re up to the challenge, this site may just be for you!


Yes, us! We are an invaluable source for inspiration and writing improvement. When you’re overwhelmed with the articles telling you how to establish a career, pull up one of our writing prompts! They’re fun and inspiring.

Now, if you want to take it to another level, you can also post the stories in our forums, or even participate in one of our writing contests! We always strive to not only inform writers but to motivate and improve their skills. Keep us in mind when you’re considering writing prompts!


Writing exercises are fantastic for all writers, regardless of the skill level. They’re great sources of inspiration, and also, a great to stay motivated. Sometimes, writing about things without the pressure of making a living from it is all you need to make something spectacular.

These websites are known for providing quite a few writing prompts and are open to anyone who wants to use them. But remember, there’s plenty more to be found online. There’s even books and journals dedicated to this!

Happy writing!

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Jennifer Mendez

Jennifer Mendez has brought insightful articles to Literative.com. From author interviews to how literature meets gaming to expert insight into tools and writing processes, her dedication to helping our author community is quite inspiring. You can find more of her writing at jennifermendez.com.