• Priyanka Agarwal

7 writing exercises for your Valentine’s Day

Why not celebrate 14 February with a pen and paper, too?

Story-writing is the best way to get your imagination going on Valentine’s Day.

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What do you do when you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day differently? How about making it more reflective as well?


My recommendation: turn to good old-fashioned pen and paper. I’m giving you 7 writing exercises to do on this day. Whether you’re single or otherwise, you can use these methods to express your love, as well as your idea of love. Don’t think of these as a one-day affair; you can do these any time through the year. After all, why single out only one day for something as infinite and perennial as love?


Here are my super 7 for you. Write away!


Love letters

Who says love letters have to be exchanged only between couples? (Though, in this day of the internet and quick messenger apps, love letters are a dying form of art and communication anyway.) A single could write a letter to their future partner (like how I do at times); it helps you map out your ideal person. Or you could express appreciation or admiration for someone who’s touched your life. You could also write a letter addressed to your partner, without sending it to them. There are endless possibilities here, so make the most of them in order to spell out what’s in your heart.


Love stories

Get your imagination going by plotting and crafting stories of love. If writing a long novel or script sounds tedious to you, there’s no stopping you from penning down short stories or clips. Romance may not be the only central theme of your story. Friendship is an equally important but underrated relationship, so celebrate that, too. If you need some inspiration, why not read some books and watch some films for ideas? May I recommend my own book, PiKu & ViRu? It also has self-love as a theme, by the way. (Buy/download here.) And if you wish to change the ending of a work of fiction or write its sequel, prequel, or spin-off, fan-fiction is your best bet.


Love poems

For those who like to pour out their thoughts in rhyme and verse or quotes, this is the perfect medium for their expression of love. If you’re recovering from heartache, accelerate your healing by using this art form.


Soulmate criteria

Before you download a dating app, you’re going to have to be clear about the kind of partner you seek. Why not especially use this day to make a list of what you’re looking for in a partner? Turn to mind-mapping for the task—it helps you capture the scattered bits of information, knowledge, and imagery in your brain on this topic. And if you’re the artistic type, go crazy with a college instead.


Bucket list

Here’s a fun way to have clarity on the kind of relationship you wish to share with your partner. Compile a list of all the experiences, to-dos, and other things you’d like to enjoy with your SO. To make it more colourful and picturesque, create a scrapbook of magazine pictures, movie posters, food shots—whatever you may find. You may also go digital and do it on the likes of Pinterest. Screenshot hotel rooms, adventure sports, restaurant tables—wherever you see yourself with your partner—and make your own private vision board. Don’t worry about the budget of these experiences—just list out whatever catches your fancy, no matter what the price.


Wish list

Don’t be stumped for gifting choices on Valentine’s Day or any other occasion. Ensure you have a list of your favourite products, foods, styles, and services ready—even your choice of haircuts counts. After all, you deserve to treat yourself, too, on this day. If you know what your loved ones like or need, ensure you note it down somewhere so you have a handy list to refer from when the time for gifting arrives.


Visualise your next Valentine’s Day

If this Valentine’s Day hasn’t been of your liking, why not jot down a vision for the next one? It’s so cool to live life by design than by default, so why not write out how you want your next Valentine’s Day to go? Even a paragraph consisting of a few lines is more than enough. There is no right or wrong here. If you want a romance, ask for it. If you’re aiming to do some soul-searching but don’t have the time or bandwidth for it, mention it. Written goals tend to materialise better than those in the head, so leverage the power of writing to create the Valentine’s Day of your dreams.

© 2018 by Priyanka Agarwal.