Coffee-break exercise: Normal


14 August 2020
Week's exercise invites you to explore 'normality' in your creative writing

For a few moments, consider your thoughts about what is 'normal' and how that might change or alter. Make notes of any words, phrases and ideas that strike you.

Next, spend a couple of minutes starting to create a character who embodies your ideas of normality. Give them a name and create them at least three significant life circumstances.

For the next fifteen minutes write about this character adapting to a change in their circumstances. What is their 'new normal' and how do they respond to it?

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Perhaps when you have finished this exercise, the character study you have created might form the basis of a new story, poem or piece of creative non-fiction.


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