Coffee break creative writing exercise: Handbag or wallet?


21 July 2017
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The contents of these can give a clue to their owner. Set your timer for five minutes and then jot down a brief description of the handbag or wallet and a list of contents. Include three things that are unusual or unexpected.

Set the timer for another five minutes and write a biography of the person. What do they most want? What is their greatest fear? What is their greatest secret – what don’t they want people to know about them?

For your remaining five minutes create the first few paragraphs of a story. What has happened to make the person suspect that their guilty secret is about to be exposed?

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