Taken from the book What if? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers.
Write three short paragraphs, the first “fear,” the second “anger,” and the last “pleasure” without using these words. Try to render these emotions by describing physical sensations or images. If you want, write mini-stories, dramatizing these emotions. Try to make your [...]
The exercise: Here is the situation: You have just come out of the movie theatre around seven in the evening and you are mugged- a person asks for your money, then knocks you to the ground before running away. Next, pretend you are telling the account of this event to five different people:
“Clara I really wish I could come visit but I’m on a deadline. I gotta get some work done this weekend. Freelance isn’t all fun and games,” I say. I can hear the desperation in her voice; she will not take no for an answer.
I’m driving to visit Beth at her cottage on Lake Kennisis. Her invitation couldn’t have come at a better time. I hadn’t heard from her in a while and on the phone she told me she figured I already had plans for the weekend but that she’d invite me anyway. I was burned out on [...]
But on to the prompt.
It’s the first full week of summer here in New England, so to celebrate, take 450 words and write about sand. Whether it be beaches, backyards, or hourglasses, think sandy thoughts and come back on Friday to link up!
The sand is warm between Harry’s toes. He [...]
Two men in business suits sat down in the stands. Everyone else was in casual clothing; they had just come from the downtown office. The horses lapped the track but they paid no interest. Their race wouldn’t start for another ten minutes. Connor shaded his eyes from the sun with his right hand.
“Should have [...]
Joy enters the apartment and the worn metallic door handle feels cool to her touch. The old door makes a creaking noise as though the hinges haven’t been attended to in years. The hallway is otherwise silent. The room is dark and she runs her hand along the wall the way a blind person reads [...]
“Do not awaken the sleeping giant! Especially not before bed.” My dad would always say this to me as a little girl when I asked him questions about school presentations or my math homework. It was his way of trying to calm my imagination. Parents sometimes have a way of ignoring the little things. [...]
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