The first day of the month is always the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and by halfway through the month, you’ll not only be impressed with what you’ve accomplished, but you may also have something worth publishing.
Write 10 potential book titles of books you would like to write.
Create a character with personality traits of someone you love, but the physical characteristics of someone you dislike.
Write a setting based on the most beautiful place you have ever been.
Write a letter to an agent telling them what a good writer you are.
Write a 20-line poem about a memorable moment.
Select a book and pick two chapters at random. Take the first line of one chapter and the last line of the other chapter and write a short story (maximum 1000 words) using those as beginning and end to the story.
Write a letter to yourself detailing what you need to improve in the next 6 months.
Rewrite a fairy tale from the point of view of the villain.
Turn on your TV. Write down the first sentence you hear and write a story based on it.
Go sit in a public place and eavesdrop on a conversation. Turn what you hear into a short story.
Write the acknowledgments page that will be placed in your published book, thanking all the people who have helped you along the way.
Gather everything you’ve written over the previous 11 days. Pick your favorite. Edit it, and try to get it published or post it on the Web to share with the world. Take pride in your work.