Coffee-break exercise: Summer in the city


23 June 2023
Think of a story set in a city in the summer season in this week’s creative writing exercise

Your story can be in any style or genre but as you plan it, consider the following:

• What role does the city play in the story?

• How does the feel of the city in summer add to the story that is being told?

• What are the particular sights, smells and sounds of the city in summer that could act as motifs in the story or give it texture?

• Are the characters native to the city? Strangers? Visitors? How does that affect the story?

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Plot your story and write the opening paragraphs.


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