Open University – “Start Writing Fiction” : Exercise 2.11

This is exercise 2.11 from week two of “Start Writing Fiction’, an online Open University course that I began last week. Familiar words in unfamiliar places Where have you noticed ordinary words used in interesting or surprising places? Here is my piece. He hugged the old stranger tightly as if she was his lover. They…

Open University – “Start Writing Fiction” : Exercise 2.4

This is exercise 2.4 from week two of “Start Writing Fiction’, an online Open University course that I began last week. Imagining writing spaces Trying to picture the worst place for you to try to write can help you realise what your best venue might be. Imagine two different venues for writing – one that…

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES No. 14: FINISH A SENTENCE

I GUESSED THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG AS SOON AS I…. turned onto the street and pulled up to the house. She was always ready and waiting for me. She’d be peeping through the curtains of the bay windows each Sunday morning at eleven; handbag perched on her arm and keys in her hand, ready to…

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES N0. 14: FINISH A SENTENCE

**Take 5 minutes to finish the following sentence** THE LAST THING I WANTED TO DO THAT DAY WAS…… take that drive with her. The drive that I’d promised her, that she had painstakingly organised despite my protestations. “It’ll be fine”, she had always said, effortlessly sidestepping my objections and efforts to join in with her…