Weekly Inspiration

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What do you associate with the colour green? What words spring to mind? Use all your senses to describe it. Does it evoke any memories or feelings in you?

Try this with other colours too.

 

 

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Think about your favourite fairy tale. Can you imagine it happening in a modern setting? What changes would need to be made? Would the characters behave differently, reflecting modern attitudes? Would there still be magic, or does modern technology eliminate the need for it?

 

 

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This is an exercise that was set by my English teacher (Miss Gray) all the way back in year 8, and I think it can be useful (and fun) for writers to work with the restrictions and use them creatively.

Write an alphabet story. The first letter of the first word of every sentence must be in alphabetical order, ie: Alan was walking in the woods. Bears sneaked up behind him. “Crumpets,” shouted the leader of the bears.

You don’t have to begin with “A,” but you must include every letter of the alphabet, going to “A” after “Z,” ie. WXYZABCDE etc.

 

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Take an abstract noun. Imagine it as a person. What does it look like? How does it speak? How does it move? Add details to make it human; favourite food, what makes it happy, what it’s afraid of, for example. Could you use this character in a story, or make this into a poem?

Possible abstract nouns to choose from:
Destruction
Love
Jealousy
Poverty
Happiness
Desire
Need
Hope
Denial

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Impression Sunrise- Claude Monet

Write what you see, what you feel, what you imagine.

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If you (or a character you’re writing about) discovered a lost property cupboard for your life, what would be in it? What objects, people, hopes, dreams or fears would you find? Would you leave them in the cupboard or would you do something with them?

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Close your eyes and listen to Andante from Schubert’s “The Trout”. See where the music takes your imagination. Write it down. If it helps play the music again while you write.

You could use any piece of music you like to do this, but it works better to either use instrumental pieces or songs in a language you don’t understand.

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Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Greys Court, Oxfordshire

 

What can you imagine happening here?

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Where in the world (or any other world) would you most like to live? What makes it special; the people, the scenery or something else? Write about this place using your imagination and all the senses to bring it to life.

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book

Close your eyes and open a book of poems. Place your finger somewhere on the page. Open your eyes and write the line your finger is on at the top of a page in your notebook. Use that line as a title and write to the end of the page. Don’t take your pen off the page. Keep going onto new pages if you need to.

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