Coffee-break exercise: Long weekend
Imagine what you could do in an extra day of downtime in this week's creative writing exercise
For two minutes, scribble down everything that you have to do this weekend: chores, work, family obligations. For another two minutes, make a note of what you'd like to do if you had an extra day. Be specific - for instance, instead of jotting 'writing', put 'make character notes for all the people that my protagonist encounters in the first three chapters' or 'research working life in 19th century textile mills to give my short story an authentic background.'
For the next ten minutes, write around what you'd like to do and how you could go about it. By the end, what have you got? A plan of action or the beginning of a new piece of work? Either way, you've started something new.
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