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About the Author (Creative Writing Exercise)

This Creative Writing Exercise calls you to improve your blog: Write your About page to start building your platform. Sell yourself, get started with Wordpress.

Formatting Worksheet (Technical Writing Exercise)

This Technical Writing Exercise calls for paragraph styles: Learn how to style paragraphs and headings in Word or Google Docs using our custom worksheet.

One Scribbly Snapshot (Creative Writing Exercise)

This Creative Writing Exercise calls you to christen a scribblebook: Fill a full page with gibberish, and free yourself from the need for perfect first drafts.

Side-by-Side Table (Technical Writing Exercise)

This Technical Writing Exercise calls for embedded tables: Learn how to build a table in your writing software of choice, and compare features of various tools.

Market Research (Creative Writing Exercise)

This Creative Writing Exercise calls for market research: Choose the target audience for a work-in-progress and evaluate the document against its expectations.

Blog Schedule (Technical Writing Exercise)

You’ve had most of a week now to get started on your blog posting schedule. If you’ve followed through on that, today’s writing exercise will take you five minutes. If you haven’t, today’s writing exercise is another kick in the pants to get you started.

Pitch and Tagline (Creative Writing Exercise)

Your writing exercise this week is to write the pitch and tagline for your story. That should be the most interesting, energy-packed version of your story description. Tell us, briefly, what your story is about. What makes your story special? What about it is going to grab our interest? You’ve got two to four paragraphs (fewer than 200 words), so keep it focused.

Extended Metaphor (Technical Writing Exercise)

This week, I want you to develop an excellent example of an extended metaphor. You’ll have to deal with all the problems I mentioned in last week’s article, but it gets harder because you’ll have to deal with them again and again, every time you go back to that well. You can do it, though. The whole trick is to spend some serious time thinking about your metaphor before you start, pick one that really works, and only talk about the aspects of it that do work.

Act it Out (Creative Writing Exercise)

All this talk of document structure has me thinking back on some of my older projects. As I said in yesterday’s article, the series I’m working on now is highly structured — every book packed with three acts, five chapters per act, two scenes per chapter.

My older work isn’t really like that, though. My first effort at including any sort of structure in a story was King Jason’s War, and that was my fourth novel. I wonder what I’d find if I looked really closely at Taming Fire, or even The Poet Alexander….

Band Poster (Technical Writing Exercise)

Remember last week’s article about the shape of a document? Remember that hideous image growling out at you halfway down the scroll? Well, this week your assignment is to do one better.