New ways to write

If you’re feeling unmotivated or your writing feels stale, it may be time to change up the way you write. The following is a selection of techniques you may not have tried. They can be used as exercises to get your juices flowing, or they might become your new M. O.

Free Writing

Outline Expansion

Gibson’s Technique

Following a Template

Breaking a Template

Creating a Template Library

Focusing on Pitches

Plotting Randomly

Playing Roles

Writing in a Survey of Styles

Using Constraints

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