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The Write-Brain Workbook : 'It's All In Your Head' Creative Writing Exercise

The Write-Brain Workbook 20 Day Challenge | Day 11

‘It's All In Your Head’ Creative Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer | Free PDF Download | Updated 11/1/15

When you need to generate a new story and all you have is pen and paper — no computer, no smartphone, no dictionary, no almanac, no nothing, you gotta learn how to use your head!

‘It's All In Your Head’ Writing Instructions

It's All In Your HeadA. Download and print the free It's All In Your Head creative writing exercise page.

B. Congratulations on your new job writing for an upstart supermarket tabloid. Unfortunately, you have a limited budget for travel and resources. This means your responsibility is to write feature articles based on headlines provided by your boss. All you have in your office is a desk, a chair, a pen, paper, and a wastebasket. There’s no computer, no smartphone, no dictionary, no almanac, no nothing. When you ask your boss how you’re supposed to do research, he replies, “Everything you need is already in your head. Write from there.” He then takes off for parts unknown to gather more headlines for you. Choose from the provided headlines for today’s feature story. Then take your boss’s advice and “write from your head.”

  1. Woman Born with Bird Wings Takes Flight
  2. Medical Students Dissecting Corpse Find Watermelon Growing in Stomach
  3. Boy with Static Electricity Disease Sparks Major Fire
  4. Methane from World’s Largest Cow Single-Handedly Increasing Global Warming
  5. Flute-Playing Mermaid Spotted in Midtown Manhattan Practicing Scales
This 'It's All In Your Head' creative writing exercise is not a figment of your imagination, but is a real activity published with permission and just one of 400 activities from Bonnie Neubauer's revised and expanded Write Brain Workbook.

Take the Next Step

Years ago people would go to the doctor, describe their symptoms, and get the diagnosis “It’s all in your head.” When it comes to aches and pains associated with writing, it’s often all in your neck, back, or shoulders. A chiropractor taught me a great exercise to help relieve these symptoms and improve posture. It’s called Wall Angels because it is a standing variation of making snow angels. Here’s how to do it: Stand fl at against a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Gently press your lower back against the wall. Place the back of your elbows, forearms, and wrists against the wall. Bring your arms up and down slowly in an arc while making sure to keep your elbows in contact with the wall. Repeat ten times. It really works!

Next: Day 12: 'Comfort Foods' Exercise

Bonnie NeubauerBonnie Neubauer is the inventor of the Story Spinner and author of the revised and expanded deluxe edition of The Write-Brain Workbook. More »
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