Writing exercises 003: 9th Jan 2013

timer 54392Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

You can do them in any order (see below for explanations of the prompts, they will vary daily).

  1. Sentence start (past tense): Ted looked at the clock until…
  2. Keywords (present tense): know, portable, cash, quick, slow.
  3. Dialogue only: A blind date.
  4. One-word prompt (future tense): brittle.

Have fun, and do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on!

  • Sentence starts = what they say on the tin. You can start the beginning of the story with them or a later sentence but they’re a great way of kicking off.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the story but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = two characters, an object, a location, a dilemma, a trait. Mix them all together and you have a plot… usually.
  • First person piece or monologue (a one-sided conversation).
  • Dialogue only = this is where you literally just write a conversation between two people. No ‘he said’, ‘she said’ or description, just speech and the reader has to be able to keep up. 🙂
  • Second-person = some of you will know that I champion. The prompt can be in any style but has to be written in second-person viewpoint… oh, what a hardship. 🙂

I love to talk about writing so feel free to email me. I’ll be pasting these in this blog’s Facebook Group so you may find some other comments there.

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