01/12/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Coffee break creative writing: cafes

cf4c633e-d5cd-4521-9384-efaab893ba0e

Writers have a special relationship with cafes, and this week's coffee break creative writing exercise makes the most of it

Set a timer for three minutes. Make a list of all the cafes you have visited – from the earliest you can remember to the one you went to yesterday.

Choose one of them. For the next three minutes write down three things that are true about the place and three things that are not. For instance, for your ‘not trues’ you may decide the café has a cellar, a haunted staircase and a secret garden. Give the café a different name.

For the remaining time create the first draft of a poem or flash fiction or the beginning of a longer story.

 

Join the Writers Online community  
Sign up for our free e-newsletter to keep informed of our next Coffee Break Exercise and much, much more!
Follow us on Facebook or Twitter
Get expert advice, whether you're a beginner or bestseller, with Writing Magazine

 

Back to "Creative Writing" Category

01/12/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Coffee break exercise: Staircase

Step up to a new writing project in this week's creative writing exercise ...


Plot vs story: Do you know the difference between story and plot?

Plot and story are both essential to writing good fiction. Make sure you know what they are and how to use ...


Coffee break exercise: Bridges

Bridge the gap between inspiration and a new piece of work in this week's creative writing exercise ...


Read more, write better! Writing Magazine bonus content, December 2018

Background reading, exclusive extracts and more to complement your latest Writing Magazine ...


Other Articles

Under the Microscope extra: Witness Tree

Our suggested rewrite of the first 300 words of a reader's novel ...


Coffee break exercise: Ghost story

With Halloween on the horizon, try writing something spooky in this week's creative writing exercise ...


Online creative writing courses from The Novelry

Everything budding novelists need to know, from The Novelry ...


Author experiences: Why go on a writing retreat?

Nine different writers tell us why they went on a writing retreat, and what they got out of it ...