Turn on the radio and take note of the first thing that is mentioned. Use it as the basis for either the start of a story or an entire story – whichever, it should be no more than 500 words. Imagine a character, someone who is central to what the story is about. Try to use clear, vivid language so that your reader can see the character. Use some of the characterisation techniques we have talked about so far.
The first thing I heard was an article about refugees and the response of French right-wing politicians to the Syrian refugee crisis. And so, this.
“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”.
Review the notes you’ve collected in your notebook to find a character to develop further.
Pick a character. If you’ve collected, in your notebook, details about people you’ve spotted or spoken to during this week, pick one of these characters. Alternatively, you can pick one of the characters from the opening video.
Write a short character sketch – no more than 200 words – in which you concentrate on appearance and any particular mannerisms you noted.
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I’ve signed up for a ‘Start Writing Fiction’ course with FutureLearn and the Open University. I’m going to be posting my exercises here for posterity.
This is my effort for the first exercise.