Why do Writing Exercises?

Last July, WriterMag.com introduced their own weekly writing prompt, provided by Heather Wright, author of Writing Fiction: A Hands-On Guide for Teens. For the launch, Sarah Lange interviewed Wright “about how prompts work and what inspires her.”

My favorite reason Wright cited for doing writing exercises/completing writing prompts was to “joywrite with no particular purpose other than to play with words.” Hmm. Now doesn’t that sound familiar?

In addition she uses writing prompts to help explore her fiction characters and stories, allowing the prompt to take her in a direction the straightforward writing of her tale would not include.

My own reasons for completing writing prompts? Well, like Wright, I find them fun.

But writing exercises provide more than fun. They allow you or your students to explore different types of writing. When practiced regularly they make the act of writing feel comfortable and doable, rather than scary and intimidating. And they stretch your mind and boost creativity (which is not just a frivolous skill.)

My favorite education fact is: the more a student reads or writes, the better he or she reads and writes. Reading and writing—they both build literacy.

And why not have a little fun while you do so? Watch for the new Play with Your Words prompt this Friday.