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As someone that considers themselves an emerging writer, I feel confused about writing exercises. I now write large projects from plays to screenplays to novels. In between and often times during those long projects I will also write short stories and ten minute plays. I no longer do any writing exercises. I do write character journals and I sketch out scenes and let my pen wander the page from time to time in free thought, but no writing prompts.
So that we're all on the same page, by exercises I'm referring mostly to writing prompts or small assignments like "Think of ten compelling titles" or "your character is in a field and is covered in jam, how did they get there?"
My thoughts on exercises are this: They are extremely useful for beginning writers, writers who are stuck in a rut or have writers block, and for writers that want desperately to write but are short on time. I'm wondering, though, if I'm truly missing an integral part of becoming a better writer or if I'm honing my skills enough with all the projects I'm writing.
So, here's the question of the day: do you mix in writing exercises along with your regular writing schedule? What are your thoughts on writing exercises in general.