DIY Writing Exercise
First step: Pick five of your favorite books. Be sure they share your story's POV (whether it be first-person or third-person perspective) and tense (past or present). I also recommend choosing books from the same genre you are writing.
Second step: Open up a blank document or grab a clean sheet of paper, and pick a page from each of the five books at random. It is important to select these pages in no particular order so that you do not become distracted by the awesome and entertaining storyline as you repeat this exercise- instead, you'll be focusing on the writing itself.
Third step: Transcribe! Copy down the entire page, word-for-word, comma-for-comma. When you're finished, you'll have one random page from five of your favorite authors.
Fourth step: Throw it all away. Your transcriptions, not the books. ;) We're not here to plagiarize these amazing authors, but learn from them. Musicians practice the songs of other musicians to expand their skills- this is the same thing.
That's all I've got for now. Time for me to crawl back into my writer-cave like an unnervingly cheerful bridge-troll (not to be confused with an internet troll). Do not fear, my friends, I keep my curtains open and eat plenty of fruit to keep the scurvy away! Just kidding... mostly... when I have a break from writing or working on revisions for my re-release, I plan on finding a pool of water to fling myself into. I hope that you're all enjoying your summer!
A. R. Ivanovich is likely typing away at her desk, with a cup of heavily caffeinated tea and a cat on her lap.