Writing prompt – character development

Take a notebook to a public place. Observe someone for a moment. Make a note of their appearance, their mannerisms, and, if you are able to hear, some of their conversation.  Now imagine some extra details by creating a list of questions that you will answer about them:

Your list could include:3582448109_5d8301fc7b_z_1

  • what is their home like?
  • who lives there with them?
  • if they have a job, what is it?
  • what is their secret?
  • etc etc

Generate a list of questions. Then answer them.

Now write a scene featuring this character (make sure you give them a name).

 

Write for at least 15 minutes, without pausing to edit or censor. Let it flow, see where it takes you.

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Writing prompt – inner critic #5

What stops you writing? Is there an internal critic that undermines your plans; tells you that your writing won’t be good enough; that you shouldn’t be writing? Write a dialogue, a debate between  your inner critic and an inner supporter; someone who believes in you, and encourages you.7291254-3d-people-in-a-debate-isolated-over-a-white-background

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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Writing prompt – learning from established writers

Copy a paragraph  from a book/author that you admire.Moby-Dick-or-the-Whale-book-cover

Rewrite the paragraph changing a few small details. Now continue writing from this revised paragraph.

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

 

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Writing prompt – inner critic #4

What stops you writing? Is there an internal critic that undermines your plans; tells you that your writing won’t be good enough; that you shouldn’t be writing? Write a fight Two-men-fighting-on-the-beach-by-Patrick-Doheny-Creative-Commonsscene between you and your inner critic. What starts it?

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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Writing prompt – inner critic #3

What stops you writing? Is there an internal critic that undermines your plans; tells you that your writing won’t be good enough; that you shouldn’t be writing? What if you had an inner supporter? An inner cheerleader? An inner mentor?

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Write about one of these – supporter, cheerleader, mentor. Imagine what it would be like to have that encouragement.

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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Writing prompt – in the shoes of…

Abe-Lincoln-flickr-mjsmith01-300x225Imagine yourself as a historical figure, you choose. Now write a diary entry as that character. Don’t worry too much about facts, just make it up and see where it goes.

Write for at least 10 minutes without censoring or editing. Let the words flow, see where it goes.

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