Avoiding Cliché

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Good writing stands out for maybe one main reason. It’s distinctive, fresh, original. Bad writing is often characterised by cliché both in the language or tired old plots. But do you recognise cliché in your work and do you know…

Self-Editing: Repetition

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” — Mark Twain Free writing: Carefully describe a recent event or place that was meaningful to you. You can easily see when you’ve repeated a word…

Resisting being put into a Box

Write a short scene/dialogue between two characters where one is trying to put the other one in a box and the other is resisting being put into a box 10 mins Look at what you wrote in the first exercise.…

Writing Effective Descriptions

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Prompt: Choose a person or an object in this room and describe this person/object so that your listeners can recognize him/her/it (10 min). I didn’t know exactly how much I sucked at writing descriptions until two different agents from the…

6 Rules of Writing List Stories

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We love lists: “10 steps to lose weight” or “33 words the English language should have” or “13 alternate endings for Breaking Bad.” You can tell stories with lists, too. Free writing: 1. List 10 things that intrigue you or…