If you don’t challenge yourself on a regular basis as a writer, you’ll find it difficult to improve your writing and your writing may become stale. If you want to give your writing a new lease on life, you’ve come to the right place. Just continue reading to learn about a few creative, yet fun ways to challenge yourself and to grow as a writer. That is useful no matter what genre of writing is your niche.
Experiment with writing one sentence stories:
One challenge that may test you as a writer is to learn how to write a compelling, engaging one-sentence story. Where every word serves a purpose. If you find it difficult to keep your writing focused and have a tendency to write too much unnecessary fluff, learning how to write one-sentence stories, will be a useful experience. If you’re unsure of how to get started, it’s a great idea to look up one-sentence stories online, to gain inspiration from other writers who have already completed the one-sentence story challenge.
Challenge yourself to write about pre-established characters in different scenarios:
For another writing game, challenge yourself to write about pre-established characters that you’ve read about, being placed in different worlds or scenarios. For example, you may want to write about how Katniss Everdeen would cope if she was fighting with Rey and the resistance in Star Wars. Or you may be inspired to write about the teenage life of Harry Potter if he was merely an ordinary orphan and not a powerful wizard with an interesting past. This task is effective in helping you think about how you use characters’ motivations to decide their actions.
Let other writers read your work:
While it may be difficult to allow other writers to read your work, they’ll be able to provide you with valuable insights into your writing, your strengths, and your weaknesses that may help you take your writing to the next level. Just be sure not to share unreleased work with strangers who may try and steal your ideas for their own benefit. Instead, it’s a smarter idea to share work that you don’t plan on publishing with other writers to be critiqued. If you’re unsure of how to get in contact with other writers, it’s a great idea to join a weekly writer’s club.
Work on more than one project at once:
If you find that it’s difficult to keep motivated to continue writing on your primary project, you may find it refreshing to work on a secondary project too. So that when you get writer’s block working on your primary project, you’ll be able to switch to working on your secondary project. As sometimes having a break from your primary project, will renew your love for your primary project.
So if you want to continually challenge yourself as a writer so that you’re able to meet your potential, it’s well worth experimenting with some of the challenges that are listed out above.