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Writing Exercise: "I Always Thought that I Would..."

Updated on March 25, 2020
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Prachi has been working as a freelance writer since 2012. When not writing, she helps people with web designing and development.

There have been many occasions in our lives when the phrase “I always thought that I would… you decide the next” perfectly suited to our situation. I used it many times for different purposes and when I recall these words, I can figure out an even pattern of the things I did and did not do. Also, the changes those choices made on my journey throughout the life, affecting my decisions and directions I took.

So, Where to Begin?

I always thought that I would start living in a mansion of my own by the age of 26 and have my own company to look after.

This thoughtful statement gives a piece of valuable information to look upon from time to time. It determines our life directions by evaluating every opportunity we come across. Does this opportunity make a difference in our present condition and facilities our dream into reality? What would happen if we wait and look for something different? Will that make a difference in where we stand today?

Just a simple combination of words that can affect our thinking ability. It’s a good exercise to begin your story with. What you always dreamt of and what you did and doing right now to make that dream into a reality. On the other hand, what made you divert from the path you always wanted to pursue. How your life is now and what your life could be like?

Jotting them down using different scenarios can give you a kickstart to work on writing that comes from your own thoughts. You can also add these types of sentences in the start, middle, and climax of your stories.

As said by Lord Byron in his poem Don Juan, “Truth is always strange; stranger than fiction”. The statement certainly holds massive truth in it.

The same thought is also quoted by Mark Twain, who has also added, “Fiction stick to possibilities, truth isn’t”. Words are magic and you can’t deny it.

This concept can make such good content for your stories and can give you a head-start as a writer if you are a newbie. Try this out as a powerful resource and see what you can achieve and how far you can go with your thought processing.

Here is one sentence that I cooked up in my mind while writing this article, “I always thought that I would find a magical staircase in my home garden that sets a journey to a new dimension completely different from my world, where…”, and the story begins.

  • Create your original story and write every line you are thinking at the time.
  • Let it be dirty and obnoxious.
  • When you are done, separate the beginning, middle, and the ending and begin with the clean story.
  • You can also change the combinations of the occurrence of the events and discover something new that you might have not thought earlier.
  • Let's say, start with the climax and end with the beginning or mix them both to reach the middle of the story.

It can be in any form. Try it and you’ll have great content ready for publication.

It’s a fun activity also giving space to your stories. Certainly, we do have all sorts of stories going on in our mind, we just don’t understand how to put them into words. I am sure this can help.

Moreover, this exercise also helps me get over my writer’s block. Also, enhancing my writing and vocabulary skills.

Very effective use of your time when you are working on your fluency and learning to write like a professional writer. Works great for both fiction and non-fiction.

Set a timer while writing to avoid overdoing. Thoughts are endless, you must know when is too much. Being creative in this manner can keep you engage with your thoughts in a productive way. Give it a shot and see what comes next.

Other possible phrases can be:

I never expected …, but…

I never thought this could happen to me, but since it did happen, I’ve learned…

I used to think…

I wish I knew earlier that…

Have fun with the words. Try making some more such sentences and go ahead with your story. Let’s see how far you can go with your imagination and put them into words. Good luck!

© 2019 Prachi Sharma


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