What's it about?

This blog has a very specific purpose: it's a place to post prompts for creative writing during the time of the lockdown. Initially it was for the use of my writing group, as we cannot for the time being meet in person - but I want to open it up to anyone who'd like to have a go at creative writing. I very strongly believe that writing is good for you: while you're writing, you're off somewhere else - you've escaped! And that can only be a good thing during lockdown.

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Life stages

This week's task is taken (slightly adapted) from the October edition of the Writing Magazine.

Imagine a main character that you want to write about. Then ask yourself how they would have reacted to various circumstances or challenges at different stages of their life. You can choose what ages to use, but some suggestions are:

  • Small child
  • Teenager
  • Person in their twenties
  • Elderly person

Then think about how they would have dealt with these events at those different ages (or you can choose a different one if you prefer):

  • Death of a pet
  • Moving house
  • Falling out with a friend
  • Witnessing a car crash

Then you could write a series of self-contained but linked stories with your character at a different age in each one.

OR, just as good, rather than making it up, you could write from life.


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