I am curious as to what some of the techniques or exercises that individuals have used on this forum to develop their own style of writing. Here is a list techniques and exercises that I tend to use. 1. The cut-up technique: This is a technique where a writer takes other text from sources like songs, newspapers, essays, stories, etc. Then rearranges them to create a whole new piece, I personally use song lyrics. What is great about this technique is that you can take multiple pieces and combine them together to create something new. You can even add and take away words of your choosing. 2. Dream mixing: This is probably not the actual name for this technique but it is what I call it because so far as I know it, it’s something of my own invention. Take a dream journal and write down every detail of dreams that you can remember. Then simply take two or three of those dreams and combine together to create a story. 3. Empathy for the characters: I believe that authors should have empathy for their characters. Otherwise the story can seem to lack emotional and philosophical value. Empathy for the characters simply involves the writer writing a story in first person as if they were the main character. Then going back through the story and rewriting everything in third person. 4. Hardboiled setting: This is a technique utilize mostly by those who write crime fiction. I write horror so this technique appeals to me. Instead of going somewhere comfortable to write, go somewhere dirty, disgusting and literally distracting. Describe the sounds, the scents, the sights. If you’re not able to get out and about, simply find some horrific imagery on the internet and write about that instead. 5. Solitaire exquisite corpse: No one would actually play this fun writing game with me so I came up with a version all my own. Take two writing techniques of your choosing and combine them together to create a paragraph. Now take two other writing techniques and combine them together to create another paragraph. Repeat until you feel you are finished. 6. Automatic writing: It doesn’t matter if you believe in ghost or not. Automatic writing is a great way to get you into the flow of writing. Write down a question, then without looking at the keyboard or screen start writing. It works better if you close your eyes. Don’t worry about the misspelling words or grammar. 7. Hypnotic/subliminal writing: This is really nothing special. Businesses use it in their advertisements all the time. Ever wonder why you get hungry when you see a billboard for fresh thin crust pizza that is hot out of the oven. Just imagine the mouth watering flavors of melted steamy cheese combined with all your favorite toppings. Bet you’re hungry for pizza now. The secret to this technique is knowing what key words should be used in the kind of fiction you write. I write horror so key words can include things like grotesque or even the word terrifying. Also believe or not repeating certain words or synonyms for words in your writing can actually send your reader into a trance. 8. Soap boxing to minimalism: Soap boxing is literally ranting on a sheet of paper. Describing every detail to the extent to where it’s pretty obvious what has happened. Now simply go back and narrow the details so that what has happened is less obvious. 9. Urban legend writing: Finally, I take urban legends and rewrite them in a new way. This similar is to what many call fan fiction. Accept that I don’t take from movies, books, or shows, although I am considering it.