Monthly Archives: February 2013

Story Writing Exercises 043: Thursday 28th February

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.

043 524278 blue eyesYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: task, rebellion, reveal, ignite, hall
  2. Random: S/he has weight issues
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: debt collector (character 1), hairdresser (ch2), fruit machine (object), cinema (location), water (dilemma), forgetful (trait)

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 042: Wednesday 27th February

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.

042 bath 119960You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: red, curtains, face, vicar, laugh
  2. Random: S/he’s famous in her home country
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Lifting up the flap…

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 041: Tuesday 26th February

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: top, mean, enjoy, conversation, ninety-six
  2. Random: S/he’s stealing from her/his company
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title: The light on the ceiling

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 040: Monday 25th February

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.

152 angel 155871You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: France, tune, whistle, repetitive, none
  2. Random: Fill in a word association word web (http://eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/clusterweb2.pdf is an example), starting with the word ‘free’ then pick 5 of the words you created and write a piece including those words. You could of course pick another 5 for another piece… and so on.
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monday Monologue: Her girl/boyfriend is cheating on her

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 039: Friday 22nd February

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.

040 red scarf 783542You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: teardrop, calling, food, air, silly
  2. Picture: what does this inspire?
  3. Random: Joy from the rock band, learns to foresee the future, the woman in 3b, saves mother
  4. One-word prompt: Sunday

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 038: Thursday 21st February

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.

038 art gallery 155297You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: mix, fortune, white, bunch, smile
  2. Random: Find / Google two pictures; one of a male, one female and completed a profile template for each (name, age, nationality, height, job, hair colour, quirk, favourite TV programme, favourite food etc). Get to know your character.
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Dialogue: Two friends are gossiping about another friend

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 037: Wednesday 20th February

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.

037 stalemate 89885You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: file, paper, red, nut, stapler
  2. Random: S/he’s about to elope with a younger partner…
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Final sentence: …the day Lillian learned to drive.

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 036: Tuesday 19th February

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.

036 young love 796801You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: strong, shut, idea, maybe blink
  2. Random: This is her/his first ever photo (shoot)
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Second person point of view: using the title of ‘The three keys’

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 035: Monday 18th February

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.

035 twins eggs 803822You can do them in any order.

  1.  Keywords: twist, walk, wrong, pretend, hello
  2.  Random: He’s fathered a child his partner doesn’t know about
  3.  Picture: what does this inspire?
  4.  Monologue Monday: your character is preparing for a blind date

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 034: Friday 15th February

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.

034 toddler 60796You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: smile, right, scarf, stare, enough
  2. Random: S/he left home yesterday
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: bind

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 033: Thursday 14th February

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: money, great, love, now, flower
  2. Random: S/he has little self-confidence
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Mixed bag: ghost, 4-year-old, excited, in a hurry, post office and photograph.

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 032: Wednesday 13th February

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.

032 boots 188027You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: threw, cut, road, cobbled, candle
  2. Random: Her / His colleagues make fun of her
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: It wasn’t as if she’d done…

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 031: Tuesday 12th February

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.

Road endsYou can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: edge, egg, envelope, elephant, easel
  2. Random: S/he’s dating a guy a year older than her/his dad
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Title: Last Christmas

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 030: Monday 11th February

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.

030 barmaid 106001You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: python, red, pool, bottle, fine
  2. Random: S/he dislikes his /her mother
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: your character has to make an important phone call

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 029: Friday 8th February

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.

029 german flag 126368You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: still, giro, Elaine, bow, stop
  2. Title: Flight path
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Random: Pick a newspaper or magazine photograph of someone you don’t know (i.e. not a celebrity) and write their characteristics e.g name, age, address, height, quirk, favourite food, job (if they have one), sport, favourite TV programme.

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 028: Thursday 7th February

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.

028 clown balloon 777911You can do them in any order.

  1. Sentence start: The music played despite…
  2. Picture: what does this inspire?
  3. Keywords: balls, red, door, unfestive and distinctly
  4. One-word prompt: fairy

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 027: Wednesday 6th February

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.

027 old shoes 54941You can do them in any order.

  1. Picture: what does this inspire?
  2. Keywords: puddle, cuddle, muddle, huddle, rich
  3. Random: Someone’s emigrating to Australia
  4. Title: The Solo

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 026: Tuesday 5th February

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.

026 broken arm - 796843You can do them in any order.

  1. Random: He doesn’t speak the language
  2. Keywords: mist, second, square, blue, half
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: As s/he stepped over the body…

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 025: Monday 4th February

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.

025 tooth 15602You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: stage, photograph, project, page, discover
  2. Picture: what does this inspire?
  3. Sentence start: Hesitant to open the door…
  4. One-word prompt: serious

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

Continue reading

Story Writing Exercises 024: Friday 1st February

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can do them in any order.

  1. Second-person viewpoint: set in an old house (empty or otherwise)
  2. Keywords: torch, pop, swallow, beige, snow
  3. Title: Homecoming
  4. Picture: what does this inspire?

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

Continue reading