There is an old saying that states, 'practice makes perfect.' I'm a great believer in this and feel it's also true with writing. But practice doesn't have to be boring. This practice time can be used to have fun with your writing and hopefully inspire a few new ideas.
So here is a challenge for you. Next time you have ten minutes free choose a fairy tale and become one of the characters. Create a series of tweets that tell that characters side of the story.
A tweet is a message using just 140 characters, including the spaces.
To demonstrate what I mean here is my retelling of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' from the point of view of the troll. If you've never read the story then follow this link:
Woken this morning by a small goat trying to cross my bridge without paying a toll #angrytroll
This morning caught a second goat trying to sneak across my bridge without paying toll. Can't believe how rude goats can be. #angrytroll
Discovered a third goat attempting to cross bridge without paying toll. He even head butted me! #angrytroll
How do these goats expect me to stay in business? No toll, no bridge, no way to cross river to eat delicious grass! #angrytroll
Reluctant sale of bridge, been in family for generations. License to charge toll. High daily foot fall. #angrytroll #businessforsale
Note: using a hash tag before a term allows other Twitter users to find your tweets by using the same term.
I'm hoping you can see how you can have fun with a well-known story, make it your own and practice your craft. This process may not lead to a published book but it does give you the opportunity to exercise your writing muscle in a fun and you never know a productive way.
So go on give it a go, it's fun!
I have the following online classes with WOW starting in March 2014:
5 Picture Books In 5 Weeks (advanced)