In a new series on this blog, here are some exercises, one per day to write a non-fiction piece about…
- Monday 12th October: a sea view
- Tuesday 13th October: a traffic jam
- Wednesday 14th October: 43 minutes
- Thursday 15th October: this picture
- Friday 16th October: waking on the sofa
- Saturday 17th October: a bunch of flowers
- Sunday 18th October: pick an item from today’s news
- Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
- Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
- Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: have someone striding instead of walking confidently.
- Only use repetition to emphasise.
- When you’ve finished the first draft, read the piece aloud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course! You could then submit your piece to somewhere listed on Submissions – non-fiction.
- And there are loads more writing tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101.
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