What's it about?

This blog originally had a very specific purpose: it was 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 could not for the time being meet in person - but it's available now 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! So off you go - have fun!

Thursday 6 June 2024

Stories from real life (adapted from Writing Magazine)


Note down some significant events from your life. This means significant to
you, for whatever reason. For example, here are a few of mine:

  • Sitting in a church at the age of about 12 and trying to understand the concept of infinity. (So terrifying I dreaded going into a church for some years to come.)
  • Reading Dracula - and then trying to sleep nights.
  • Having an interview at Oxford (because it was appalling and humilating.)
  • Going to univerity in Durham.
  • Going to work in London.
  • Going to see AC/DC in London from Leicester. (I didn't even like AC/DC, but I had the chance to do something spontaneous, so I did it and enjoyed it.)
  • Meeting my first-born.

NB They're not necessarily the most significant. Some events are too personal for me to want to share them - these are pretty random.

Choose one, and write about it. You could begin with: "I want to tell you the story of how I..."

Who are you writing it for? If it's for someone else, what do you think they will get out of reading your story?

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