There are some great books for artist. The Artist Way by Julie Cameron has a ton of exercises that helps you become creative. It’s a 12 week journey to help you get unblocked when you can’t think creatively.
Here’s one of my creative exercises. Look out the first window that’s near you. Describe the world outside the window. Make each person you see a character in your story. Tell us what they want and what their “issue” is.
Now tell me about your story’s protagonist. You can even choose tell the story fro the perspective of a character that is looking out the window. Maybe it’s a world she doesn’t belong in it’s all up to you.
Be creative and have some fun.
The setting of a story tells us so much about the characters’ world and what they will face on their journey. Write a story about one of your favorite places and twist the story and make it a nightmare for your character.
I love the beach. Here’s my start.
Kia stood on the shore and looked as the waves rolled to the shore. It was a perfect day she swam all day. And now the sun was setting. Here, she didn’t have to deal with the fact that her best friend was now dating her boyfirend. She didn’t have to deal with the fact that her parants were getting divorced or that she had to make the decision on which parent she wanted to live with.
As Kia looked at the water something caught her eye. It was a creature that lloked like her but where feet would be was a tail. The creature moved quickly and grabbed her by the arm as she tried to run. Kia tried to fight but the creature was too strong. It pulled her into the water and into the bell of the ocean.
The winter storm brought in several feet of snow. Luckily there was lots of wood to keep the fire burning. We stocked up on food. Lots of it and there was plenty of water too.
When you looked out the window all you saw was white as the wind tossed the snow to and fro. As Hayden looked out the window she saw a figure approaching the door. She knew it couldn’t be here parents they told her that they were snowed in with her grandmother.
Who comes to the door? Is it friend or foe? Does Hayden open the door and it so what happens next?
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Wonder by RJ Palacio is the story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a young boy who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates facial abnormalities. Over the years Auggie’s parents tried to give him a “normal life” but after many surgeries Auggie’s face still stands out. People sneak looks and stare at him. Children are often afraid when they see his face. This is something Auggie never gets use to. In face it’s one of the things he fears the most when he meets people. He picks up on the different ways people react to seeing him but nothing can help him deal with the rejection he feels from the world around him. It’s Auggie’s first time going to school and even though it’s the first year of middle school for all the kids going to his New York Prep school this year is bound to be more difficult for Auggie and being around other kids is the last thing he wants but his mother thinks it’s time for Auggie to try to fit into the world.
During his first year of fifth grade, he gets a best friend, Jack but also makes an enemy of Julien a privileged, rich kid who is bent on making Auggie’s life a living hell. The book is very heart-warming and heart-breaking. Palacio doesn’t attempt to hide the cruelty that children can inflict on their peers and that’s what makes Auggie’s journey to accept himself so powerful. The book like the movie also centers on the lives of Via, Auggie’s older sister, Jack, and Miranda- other teens who are trying to find their place in the world.
It’s a wonderful study of character and beautifully written. Check it out.