Non-fiction exercises: w/c 30th November 2015

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

Following on from this, here are some exercises, one per day (or you could mix them!) to write non-fiction (or fictional) pieces about…

  • 695 pencil_circle 861256Monday 30th November: a cycle ride
  • Tuesday 1st December: an empty concert hall
  • Wednesday 2nd December: magical mystery tour
  • Thursday 3rd December: this picture
  • Friday 4th December: taking a rickshaw
  • Saturday 5th December: a super team
  • Sunday 6th December: pick an item from this week’s news

Tips

  • 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.

Picture above courtesy of morguefile.com

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