Start Writing Fiction: Exercise Three

“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 seems most suited to you, and one that you would find bizarre or too difficult. Write a paragraph describing two writers at work, one in each of the venues”.

Frank sips whiskey, his tie askew, sweat trickling between his shoulderblades. The cursor blinks accusingly on a half-empty page. From outside, the sound of a pneumatic drill pounds into his brain and destroys his ability to concentrate. Under the drill he can hear the muted laughter of his colleagues from the next cubicle; it feels like they’re laughing at him. He glances at his watch and grimaces; two hours and five thousand words to go. He pours himself another finger of scotch.

The office is cool and quiet, and words flow from Jack as sweet and easy as he could wish. Classical music mingles with the sound of the rain, and it’s early enough that Jack’s back hasn’t started to ache yet. He pauses typing to sip his sweet cold-brewed coffee and reads over the current page with a feeling of deep satisfaction. Sometimes it’s good to be your own boss.

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