Non-fiction Writing Exercises: w/c 31 Dec

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. I also run Morgen’s Free Monday Creative Writing Q&A Mentorship on Facebook. Do join us and pick my brain. 🙂

*** If you love these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at seven my online courses… six are half-price (using coupon codes) and the other is FREE! I also provide an inexpensive editing and critiqueservice with a free 1,000-word sample for when you’ve written your pieces! ***

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

  • Monday 31st Dec: what did you do today?
  • Tuesday 1st Jan: an excuse
  • Wednesday 2nd Jan: this picture
  • Thursday 3rd Jan: acting the way he acts
  • Friday 4th Jan: pick an item from this week’s news
  • Saturday 5th Jan: stepping back
  • Sunday 6th Jan: mix this week’s prompts

Tips

  1. Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
  2. Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
  3. Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: have someone striding instead of walking confidently.
  4. Only use repetition to emphasise.
  5. 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.
  6. And there are loads more writing tips on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writing-101.

Picture above courtesy of morguefile.com / pixabay.com

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