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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 30 November 2023

Place - adapted from Writing Magazine

This week's homework is on place. Choose one of the following:


Use a cavern as the location for aomething to happen.

Where is your cave? What is there about its geology and geography that makes it significant?

What is the atmosphere like in the cave? What colours, textures and flavours does it hold? Is it spacious? Dangerous? Treacherous?

Is it home to anyone or anything?

In what way could your cave be an element in a story, poem or piece of creative non-fiction?

Watching the sea

Explore memories of watching the sea.

Write about a particular sea. Think about where you or a particular character were, and what qualities the sea had that made it particularly memorable. 

What colours was it? What did it sound like? What did watching it make you feel?

Why does your chosen memory of the sea stand out? Was it because of the sea itself, or because the sea is associated with a particular person or circumstance?


Consider how to create an atmosphere.

Think of an opulent setting, either real or imaginary.

What effect does it have, and on who?

What do you want the opulence to convey to a reader? Choose your words carefully. If the ambience you want to create is one of power and oppression, the way you write about it will be very different than if you're wanting to craft a sense of luxury and ease.

Write a passage of prose or poetry where the opulence is intended to have a particular dramatic effect, either positive or negative.

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