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Take Ten for Writers by Bonnie Neubauer
Bonnie Neubauer : 10 Free Writing Exercises from Take Ten for Writers

10 Writing Exercises from Bonnie Neubauer's ‘Take Ten for Writers’

Generate ideas and stimulate your writing
in only 10 minutes a day!

Take Ten for WritersGet creative with these exercises from Bonnie Neubauer's Take Ten for Writers! Each of these exercises comes with 10 different variables, so every exercise can be done 10 unique times with 10 very different results! These prompts will help you:
  • Get into the habit of writing without the burden of weighty expectations — write for the pure fun of it.
  • Write fast in 10-minute bursts without over-thinking or over-editing your work — no self-censoring allowed!
  • Learn how to weave details into your writing to paint a more realistic, tactile picture with your words — be specific and write with intent.
  • Celebrate your writing accomplishments without comparing your work to that of others — every piece you finish is an achievement to be acknowledged!
These exercises are published with permission from Take Ten for Writers © 2009 Bonnie Neubauer and are made available in a printable PDF format for your enjoyment and personal use. All rights reserved.

The Growing List of 10 Writing Exercises

One new exercise is added each month.

  1. Super WordaciousSuper Wordacious Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    Here’s a chance to blend a prefix, root, and suffix to create a brand new word. Exercise #05 from Take Ten for Writers.
  2. BiopicBiopic Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    Write the opening scene for the biopic of your life. Exercise #07 from Take Ten for Writers.
  3. Hearing VoicesHearing Voices Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    Tell a story in a voice other than first-person narration. Exercise #32 from Take Ten for Writers.
  4. I Wood If I CouldI Wood If I Could Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    You're lost in the woods; what happens next? Exercise #36 from Take Ten for Writers.
  5. LINGO-isticsLINGO-istics Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    The touches of slang or lingo added to your dialogue and narrative to make your writing sound more realistic. Exercise #42 from Take Ten for Writers.
  6. ListingListing Writing Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    A nice way to develop characters or to flesh out existing ones is to write lists they might carry around. Exercise #43 from Take Ten for Writers.
  7. Q & ASeuss-erific Q & A Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    When penning your response, think of Dr. Seuss or other children's books to get in the groove of answering your what if. Exercise #60 from Take Ten for Writers.
  8. Saucy MillionaireSaucy Millionaire Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    Here's your chance to become a full-time writer and inherit two million dollars, with just one stipulation. Exercise #67 from Take Ten for Writers.
  9. SimileSimile But Different Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    Similes are comparisons that jazz up your writing. Exercise #70 from Take Ten for Writers.
  10. VocabuleeryVocabuLeery Writing Exercise
    By Bonnie Neubauer
    When it comes to vocabulary, a thesaurus is a writer’s best friend. Exercise #95 from Take Ten for Writers.