Young Writers, Writing Exercise 8/9/2012

I got to work with the Writer’s Block teens again this week. I have so much fun with them–hope they enjoy it as much as I do! I was impressed with their energy, enthusiasm, and honesty. May they never lose those qualitiies.


We did a fun writing exercise you can try at home. Choose three objects. (I used the three objects in the picture, souvenirs that were sitting on my desk at home.) Write a story including one of those objects, in any way you’d like. For an extra challenge, add another object after you’ve written for five minutes.


This assignment is designed to exercise your flexiblity and creativity. Sometimes writers have to think on our feet, as the story or editorial requirements change. To give you a recent example, I was working on my current project when it dawned on me that the story might finish in the lower 48 states instead of Alaska. I didn’t expect that, and I may need to do some more research to describe what that was like in 1916! But I’ll do it if that’s where the characters want to go. We’ll just see where they end up at the end of the book. 🙂

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I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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