Non-fiction exercises: w/c 19 October 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs.

In a new series on this blog, here are some exercises, one per day to write a non-fiction piece about…

  • 690 Lottery 899264Monday 19th October: eating the right way
  • Tuesday 20th October: staying still
  • Wednesday 21st October: a cufflink
  • Thursday 22nd October: this picture
  • Friday 23rd October: walking on the beach
  • Saturday 24th October: an Americanism
  • Sunday 25th 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

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3 thoughts on “Non-fiction exercises: w/c 19 October 2015

  1. Great ideas for exercises, thanks for sharing!

    • You’re very welcome. Many of my students say they struggle getting new ideas yet when I provide something as simple as we have here, they all write with little hesitation, and come out with some amazing pieces… all different from each other regardless of the prompt.

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