Monthly Archives: January 2013

Story Writing Exercises 023: Thursday 31st January

Here 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.

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You can do them in any order.

  1. One-word prompt: Slice
  2. Keywords: music, light, secret, bang, repeat
  3. Random: Your character is falling for his/her father-in-law/mother-in-law
  4. Picture: what does this inspire?

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Story Writing Exercises 022: Wednesday 30th January

Here 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.

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  1. Monologue: waiting for an important delivery
  2. Keywords: childhood, immortal, obstacle, 17, game
  3. Random: Your character fancies the babysitter
  4. Picture: what does this inspire?

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Story Writing Exercises 021: Tuesday 29th January

Here 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.

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  1. Mixed bag: writer / show jumper (characters), beach (location), mobile phone (object), can’t read (dilemma) and end of an era (conflict)
  2. Keywords: execute, drive, interesting, sixties, connection
  3. Random: Your character is treated like a dogsbody
  4. Picture: what does this inspire?

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Story Writing Exercises 020: Monday 28th January

After a weekend off (sorry about that, but I’ve been engrossed developing a new interviews-only blog), here 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.

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  1.  Sentence start: Norman was one to…
  2.  One-word prompt: Bun
  3.  Picture: what does this inspire?
  4.  Keywords: plot, red, super, path, cottage

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Story Writing Exercises 019: Friday 25th January

Here 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.

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  1. Picture: what does this inspire?
  2. Random objects: yellow bus, mouldy oranges, child with wings
  3. One-word prompt: shake
  4. Random: Your character looks through a hole, what can they see?

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Story Writing Exercises 018: Thursday 24th January

Here 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.

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  1. Monologue: I’m not sure what to do…
  2. Keywords: careful, laugh, hide, view, get
  3. Dialogue only: One character is pestering the other
  4. Picture: what does this inspire?

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Story Writing Exercises 017: Wednesday 23rd January

Here 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.

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  1. Dialogue only: Your two characters are having an argument about a colleague
  2. Picture: what does this inspire?
  3. One-word prompt: Lead
  4. Mixed bag: beautician / nurse (characters), art gallery (location), talks too much (trait), cuddly toy (object), mistaken identity (dilemma)

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