copyright © Nadiyah Abdul-Khaliq, 2012
To my loves who are my family, my friends who are my life, and everyone who’s helped guide me through both, thank you.
Introduction and Guidelines
I wrote this book after I went to a bookstore looking for one like it and couldn’t find one. All I wanted was a small book of exercises I could do to get the creative juices flowing. So, I ended up putting together 500 exercises, a few of which I worked in the process
I have worked to make sure there are no exercises that are the same or similar to another exercise. For example, if I say, “Write about food,” then say, “Write about cake,” they’re the same exercise.
There are no rules to use this book. Just relax, commit to an exercise, and set that clock to five minutes. Grammar is not the most important part of an exercise. The point is that you get used to just writing whatever comes to mind and seeing where the story takes you.