Writing, Iguanas, and Electronics

Fun & Terrible Writing Exercises

Daily or weekly writing exercises can be a fun way to practice the art of writing and break out of writer's block. In my case, I use the Title-O-Tron to generate a random "Pulp Sci-Fi" story name and write a 500+ word story in one sitting. These are intentionally rough and unedited because they are just a way to warm up for the "real" writing. If you read these, beware of grammatical, typographical, spelling, and structural errors!

These are not representative of a first draft or even an outline for a novel, they are more like early brainstorming efforts... based on terrible story prompts.


Stephen Hermer

The Ballad of Optimistic Billy 277 words Billy had always loved wet Moria Village with its flooded, swampy landscape. It was a place where he felt afraid. He was an optimistic, gentle, water drinker with fragile feet and ruddy eyes. His friends saw him as a foolish, but generous friend. Once, he had even jumped into a river and saved a nervous iguana. That's the sort of man he was. Billy walked over to the window and reflected on his foggy surroundings. The rain hammered like exploding centipedes and smelled like earwig honey. Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of Sophie .
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Writing Promps
The Enormous Dome of Despair
The Prison of the Avian Vintners
The Rise of the Lizard of Darkness
The Automatic Cliffs of Outer Space
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