Coffee break exercise: Fantastical creature


24 April 2020
Create your own creature and bring it to imaginary life in this week's creative writing exercise

To start, quickly jot down one of each of these: mammal, bird, reptile, fish.

Now allocate each one of these a body part, ie claws, wings, tail, gills.

Spend 10-15 minutes creating an imaginary beast incorporating each one of your chosen body parts.

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What is this creature called? What does it look like? What can it do? What does it eat? Is is powerful and terrifying? Or might it be friendly and companionable? If you were to find it in your back garden, what might happen?

If your fantastical creature sparks your imagination, why not spend a bit more time creating a new piece of writing that explores the interaction between it and a human character?


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