3 Short, Fun, Writing Exercises

3 Short, Fun, Writing Exercises for Your Spare Moments


Cole Smith

By Cole Smith


Do you want to flex your writing muscles more often? Stuck in a waiting room with too much time to sit idly, but not enough to dive into your WIP?


All of us have a few moments to spare for creative play. The next time you have a notebook (or a smartphone) and a little break, try these short, fun writing exercises:


Color Scenes

Remember that song from the 90s about the color blue? This song. (Now it’s stuck in your head for the rest of the week – you’re welcome!) Everything in the song was blue. Pick a color and write a scene that is immersed in that color–but don’t say its name. Which emotions and moods go along with your color? What kind of character roams the scene? Write all around the color, filling in the details to express what you see in your pigment-saturated imagination.



Character Animals

Do you remember the game, “If You Were An Animal You’d Be…?” (Well, if you never played it, you’ve missed the opportunity to feel bent out of shape when someone suggests you’d be a chipmunk. It still stings!) This exercise is a little like that game. Come up with an antagonist who’s like a vulture. What does he wear? Where does he live? Is he a loner, or does he hang out with other vulture-types? How about a best friend who’s like a golden retriever? Faithful, enthusiastic, and sometimes a little ditzy…

See if you can link a character with his or her animal doppelganger. Have fun with this!



Favorite Smell

Scents can evoke powerful memories: the cologne your ex-boyfriend wore, the ripe, baked mud smell of an island at low tide, the aroma of homemade waffle cones at the ice cream parlor. Pick a scent and, without mentioning it, write a few paragraphs about the memories or images that come to mind. Need suggestions? Try cardamom, the ionized air after a summer rain, or smoke curling from an ornate, polished pipe.



Just because you’re stuck in a seemingly-endless checkout line or waiting at the DMV doesn’t mean you can’t redeem the time by sharpening your imagination and honing your writing skills. Try these short, fun exercises the next time you’ve got a little chunk of time. Who knows? You may even unearth a character to incorporate into your work in progress.


How do you pass the time while you’re trapped in traffic or waiting rooms?




Cole Smith is the author of Waiting for Jacob. She’s a writer, teacher, and mountain biker in West Virginia–the best Virginia! She enjoys good coffee and great stories, and shares inspiration, encouragement, and tips for creative overwhelm at www.colesmithwrites.com.


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Useless-Time Sucks-Aggravation by Cher’ley


This blog by Cher’ley Grogg

Seems,  every time I find something I really like, it gets discontinued. There have been several programs over the years that I used a lot and then they were no more. Remember the sheep?

Image result for computer monitor sheep?

I want you to know I spent a half hour trying to download a version of the Scmpoo Sheep. I was unsuccessful. Yesterday I was trying to find a Google Calendar that would work on my sidebar. I used to have Google Desktop, and I loved it, but of course, it was discontinued—I imagine it’s at the sheep farm where retired computer programs and games go. I spent a couple of hours trying to find a sidebar that would have a notepad and a calendar. I wanted them both to stay open when I was working on other things on the internet.

Then what happens, I end up downloading all these zip file openers, and download managers that I don’t need, so I have to waste more time taking them back off.

Why-O-Why can’t you just get what you ask for or get a no way answer? What would you rather get, a stumbling through of all kinds of programs that unrelated to what you are searching for or a plain old No-No Way Jack-Nope-Not Possible-Thanks, but no thanks? Technology Woes and Time Sucks.

And why would you ask about sheep and your search gives you wild and crazy zig-zags? How are they related?


Family Tree Maker, I bought the original, the Family Tree Maker II and then III, IV, and V. Now it’s  useless. I’m hoping I can get my family tree information which I saved on a CD (before DVDs), to transfer to my computer so that I might update it someway. I gave a couple of feeble attempts and didn’t get anywhere, so I know this is going to be a major time suck.

I did find a program that would allow me to upload my videos from my Camcorder after the original program discontinued. It took me a while, but at least I can still use the recorder. I figured out a workaround for my very expensive digital camera that is only a few years old because that program discontinued too.
Records, 8 track tapes, cassette tapes, micro cassette tapes, VHS tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, Flash Drives, External Hard Drives, Cloud Storage, and so it goes. I’m not sure if there is something newer, perhaps you know.

Normally I try to find solutions to the Woes, but in this case, I think the solution is, don’t try to bring the past back. What’s gone is gone. I even donated things from my garage yesterday, a perfectly good microwave, because I updated to a built in one, my TIVO, my Qualcomm communication system, a GPS, and some other old electronics. Maybe some Geek can revive these expensive electronics that have been discontinued or replaced by newer models.

How many old cell phones do you have lying around?Magellan Blazer12 GPS Receiver.                                              How about Wireless headsets? What programs did you love that are no more? Do you spend a lot of time trying to find comparable programs? 

Cher’ley’s Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. Her newest book is an Advanced Coloring Book and she has one that is freshly published with 11 other authors.

Stamp Out Murder”.
 The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
The JourneyBack 3The Journey Back-One Joy at a Time and the B&W Edition of The Journey Back
Boys Will Be Boys   The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
 Cowboys, Creatures, and Calico 

All About the Girls 5(3)

Four Moons and Fair Ladies Four Moons and Fair Maidens

Memories from Maple Street U.S.A: Pawprints on My Heartlink coming soon

Wonders of Water      Advanced Coloring Book

And please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that’s managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell
Here’s a link to Cher’ley’s WEBSITE