Hi friends! This is another writing prompt that you might be able to incorporate in your novel or story in progress… or you can do it as a stand-alone creative writing exercise. You might take more than 30 minutes, but if you set a timer, you might be surprised at how much you can get done in a short time. If you don’t have time to do this now, bookmark it for later!

30 Minute Writing Prompt... use as a creative writing exercise or as an addition to your story or novel in progress! #creative writing ideas #emotional words

Many of us writers shy away from or downplay conflict or anger in our stories. If you’re one of them, this will be an especially useful exercise. You’ll be able to explore how your character behaves when they’re mad. Here’s what you do!

Decide on a character to work with.

This can be one of your characters, or just someone you make up on the spot., such as “teenage girl.”

Decide what’s made her angry.

This can be backstory for your character or an upcoming plot point. She might be angry because she’s been treated unfairly or because she saw someone else being bullied or mistreated.

Write down one thing that she feels

Does her face feel hot? Does her pulse pound in her neck? We all have physiological responses to strong feelings, and describing one can help the reader feel it, too.

Write down two things she says or does.

Does she yell at someone? Leave the room? Shove somebody? Is she someone who cries when she’s mad? Or does she get cold and sarcastic?

Now put it together in a short paragraph.

Nice job! Now you’ve gotten more practice in writing about anger, or your main character’s anger response in particular. You might even have something you can use in your WIP.

Thanks for reading, and happy writing!