BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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A birthday party on the Titanic…A first kiss as Wall Street crashed…Monday Creative Writing Exercise beacuse it’s a good way to start the week

kissThis is straightforward lucky dip.
Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten. 

The first number gives you a personal event and the second an historical event. Your job is to put the two together: connect and write. (And no peeking – it’s more fun if it is genuinely random.)
If you like this exercise there’s a pretty good chance you’ll like BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL  –  30 exercises, 100+ positive reviews on Amazon: the “creative writing bible,” says C.S.Quinn, the bestselling historical novelist, author of The Thief Taker series.

PERSONAL EVENT

1)   Birthday party

 2)  Funeral

3)   Wedding

4)   Winning a bet

5)   First kiss

6)   A lie

 7)  A theft

 8)  Falling in love

9)   Baby being born

10) A murder

HISTORICAL EVENT

1)   Launch of Titanic – 1912

2)   Sinking of Titanic – 1912

3)   End of WWI – 1918

4)   First Talkie film – 1927

5)   Wall Street Crash – 1929

6)   Start of WWII – 1939

7)  D Day – June 1944

8)  Beatles first number one single – May 1963

9)   Miners’ Stike — 1984

10) Nelson Mandela released from prison – 1990

My advice is to write first and research second. You can do that if you make the individual human event the heart of the story. Then once you’ve got the first draft down research – try to find first hand accounts of the historical drama. 

photo credit: HckySo via photopin cc

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