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Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: getting in the mood to write FLASH FICTION

None of these exercise ideas might actually produce a flash fiction story you would want to call your own, but I hope they get you into the mood for writing … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 9 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week — WHAT IF….

Journalists ask who, what, why, where and when. Fiction writers  ask WHAT IF. This is a good WHAT IF for a Monday and it  could turn into almost anything: a … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week — Dramatic Irony

The term dramatic irony is used to describe a story where the reader or audience knows something that the characters don’t and that knowledge has a powerful effect on what … Continue reading

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: a happy exercise

It’s been a grim, grey winter. The longest I remember but today is a holiday in the UK and the sun is shining (two things that rarely coincide) so this … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE BECAUSE IT’S A GOOD WAY TO START THE WEEK long and short sentences

I am away from my desk this week so I thought I would share again an exercise I posted last September which feels like a very long time ago. Varying … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week — Banishing Cliches

‘The most original authors are not so because they advance what is new, but because they put what they have to say as if it had never been said before.’    … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: a photograph to fire the imagination.

The blue man wakes up and says… 250 words containing a birth, a death and a small flower  

March 18, 2013 · 5 Comments

USING MUSIC AS A PLOT DEVICE – extract from a creative writing exercise in Back to Creative Writing School

James Joyce’s The Dead has been called by some critics the best short story ever written. Indeed when I was studying for a Masters in Creative Writing a tutor apologised … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE writing a synopsis

The agent Carole Blake, author of From Pitch to Publication says that any story can be boiled down to: What does the main character want, and what’s stopping them from … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 4 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week DIALOGUE: ACCENTS

One of the first things you need to consider when writing dialogue is the vocabulary and the way it is expressed. Does it fit the age, education and experience of … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week

What happened here on a damp February morning? And what did it have to do with a stolen handbag and the retired doctor who owns the building on the left? … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the New Year – describing the homes of the rich and famous

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the Christmas holidays – writing with your senses

 I wrote about using smell in description a couple of weeks ago and I make no apologies for returning to it because it can create a whole world in a … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week – making description stand out for all the right reasons

Good description never just tells you what something is like. It also does something else. Very often the something else adds to the emotional atmosphere of the story or helps … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 1 Comment